$100,000 Challenge

Prize Pool and Payout Information

[user153638] • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

The numbers are in! The 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge officially drew 21 players, and only Andrew Robl reentered. That means there was a total of 22 entries, which created a prize pool of AU$2.167 million that will be distributed to the top four players as follows:


Reinkemeier Shoves On Robl


On the last hand before the break, action folded to Andrew Robl in the small blind, and he raised to 10,000. Tobias Reinkemeier made the call from the big blind, and the flop came down {K-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}. Robl bet 10,000, and Reinkemeier called.

The turn was the {7-Spades}, and Robl checked. Reinkemeier bet 19,000, and Robl tank-called.

On the {K-Diamonds} river that paired the board, Robl checked, and Reinkemeier bet all in for around 100,000. After several long minutes in the tank, Robl folded, and Reinkemeier won the pot.

Andrew Robl us
Andrew Robl
us 260,000 -105,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 147,000 86,000

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Time For A Break

[user153638] • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

Players are now on another 15-minute break.

Kagawa Eliminates Finger to Take Monster Chip Lead


Things have been going right for Masa Kagawa ever since he doubled through Dan Shak earlier today. Now Kagawa is the big stack in the room thanks to a monster pot against Martin Finger.

It happened when there was around 60,000 in the pot and a flop of {8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. Kagawa had checked from under the gun, Finger bet 16,000 from the button, and Kagawa made the call before checking the {Q-Spades} turn. Martin then moved all in for 80,000 and Kagawa snap-called. Finger sheepishly turned over {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} and he was in big trouble against Kagawa's {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}; in fact, Kagawa needed either a non-heart ten or king on the river to keep his tournament hopes alive. The dealer burned one more time and put out the {2-Diamonds}. Kagawa improved to a flush to send Finger to the rail, which also vaulted him up to 600,000.

Masa Kagawa
Masa Kagawa
600,000 170,000
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Martin Finger
de Ausgeschieden

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Liu Eliminated by Lee's Quad Jacks

Eric Liu
Eric Liu

While we were writing Tony Bloom's bust, Eric Liu was eliminated at Table 10. We didn't catch the hand, but we were able to piece together a few details. We know that Liu held {A-}{9-} and was up against the {Q-}{J-} of Chris "Genius28" Lee. It seemed as if the money went in preflop, but whatever the case, the {Q-}{J-}{J-}{X-}{J-} board gave Lee quads and the knockout.

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Eric Liu
us Ausgeschieden

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Kagawa Cracks Aces to Send Bloom to the Rail

Tony Bloom
Tony Bloom

We caught the action with around 30,000 in the pot and a board reading {6-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{K-Spades}. Philipp Gruissem had bet 12,000 from the small blind, Masa Kagawa raised to 46,000 from the big, and Tony Bloom three-bet all in for roughly 152,000 from middle position. Gruissem got out of the way and Masa quickly called with {K-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, which was out in front of Bloom's {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}.

Even though Kagawa held two pair, Bloom had counterfeit outs. The {5-Spades} turn added to those outs, but the {Q-Diamonds} river missed him. With that, the two-time $100,000 Challenge runner-up was eliminated from the tournament.

Masa Kagawa
Masa Kagawa
430,000 176,000
Tony Bloom gb
Tony Bloom
gb Ausgeschieden

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Mercier Busts

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Tony Bloom raised to 9,200 from the cutoff seat, and Jason Mercier moved all in for 28,800 on the button. In the big blind, Martin Finger reraised the pot, then Bloom folded.

"Do you have a pair?" asked Mercier, to which Finger shook his head no.

Finger tabled the {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}, and Mercier showed the {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}.

"That's about as good as I could've hoped for when you shook your head no," commented Mercier.

The flop came down {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and paired both players. The turn was the {K-Diamonds} to put Mericer in front, but the {7-Spades} landed on the river and put Finger back in front. He won the pot, and Mercier was sent to the rail.

Martin Finger de
Martin Finger
de 125,000 41,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us Ausgeschieden

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