$250,000 Challenge




Hansen Picks One Up

[user68268] • Level 1: 500-1,000, 100 ante

From under the gun, Jason Mercier raised to 2,200. Gus Hansen made the call on the button, Philipp Gruissem called from the small blind, and Paul Phua called from the big blind.

The flop came down {8-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}, and action checked around to Hansen in last position. He bet 3,300, and only Mercier made the call.

After both players checked the {9-Clubs} turn, the {J-Spades} landed on the river. Mercier checked, Hansen bet 11,100, and Mercier quickly folded.

Tags: Gus HansenJason MercierPaul PhuaPhilipp Gruissem

Hansen and Gruissem Battle; Phua and Yong Enjoy the Show

[user68268] • Level 1: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Gus Hansen and Phillip Gruissem went to a flop, and the dealer spread the {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{8-Hearts} on the board. When Paul Phua and Richard Yong saw the paired flop, they got a little excited and began pointing and yelling.

The action was on Hansen first, and he bet 16,600. Gruissem took some time, then called to see the turn.

The turn was the {8-Hearts}, and this brought upon more pointing, yelling and smiles from Phua and Yong. Gruissem shot a look to his left and laughed while Hansen slid out a bet of 31,600. Gruissem went back to a stoic face, tanked and called.

The river was the {8-Diamonds}, and Phua and Yong burst out once again. Jason Mercier got a nice little laugh out of this, as action was on Hansen. He checked, then Gruissem took some time before firing a bet of 85,000. Hansen folded, and Gruissem won the pot.

Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 368,000 118,000
Gus Hansen dk
Gus Hansen
dk 210,000 -40,000

Tags: Gus HansenJason MercierPhilipp GruissemPaul PhuaRichard Yong

The Table Draw

[user20283] • Level 1: 500-1,000, 100 ante
1Sam Trickett
2Igor Kurganov
3Tobias Reinkemeier
4Andrew Robl
5Antonio Esfandiari
6Tony Bloom
1Fabian Quoss
2Gus Hansen
3Phillip Guissem
4Paul Phua
5Jason Mercier
6Richard Yong
7Erik Seidel

There We Go!


After a quick table draw the players have taking their seats. Everyone start with 250,000 in chips and the levels will last 40 minutes.

The Players Have Entered


After a long wait the players have finally entered the Teak Salon! A big group came walking into the small VIP room lead by none other than Richard Yong. Paul Phua, Ping Chan, Winfred Yu and Antonio Esfandiari are all here now. Play is about to start in just a couple of minutes.

Today is the Biggest Day!


The Main Event, the $100,000 Challenge and a long series of great side events all lead up to this day! The LK Jewellery $250,000 Challenge is the pinnacle of the Aussie Millions with an expected first place prize of over AU$2,000,000.

Many of poker's great are expected to play today like Jason Mercier, Tobias Reinkemeier, Phillip Gruissem, Gus Hansen and Phil Ivey. Last year this event was won by the latter who beat Patrik Antonius heads up. Gus Hansen finished in third with Daniel Negreanu being the unlucky bubble boy. Here's the payouts of the two $250,000 Super High Roller events hosted at the Aussie Millions.


NameCountryPayout in AUD
Phil IveyU.S.A.$2,000,000
Patrik AntoniusFinland$1,200,000
Gus HansenDenmark$800,000


NameCountryPayout in AUD
Erik SeidelU.S.A.$2,500,000
Sam TrickettU.K.$1,400,000
David BenyamineFrance$1,100,000

Today is going to be another epic poker spectacle as the players will play down until there's just six remaining. We will keep you guys updated throughout the day as this event is starting with a slight delay. Until then make sure to follow our coverage of the Main Event, and sit back and enjoy some of the surrounding sights that Melbourne has to offer:

Tags: Daniel NegreanuDavid BenyamineErik SeidelGus HansenJason MercierPatrik AntoniusPhil IveyPhilipp GruissemSam TrickettTobias Reinkemeier

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