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Phil Ivey Wins Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller For Third Time In Four Years

American Pro Tops Field Of 25 Entries To Win $2.2 Million AUD


The Aussie Millions has hosted a $250,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em super high roller event five times. Three out of five titles in this gigantic event have now been won by American poker superstar Phil Ivey, who topped a field of 25 entries in the 2015 LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge to win $2,205,000 AUD ($1,713,285 USD) and his 26th tournament title. As a result Ivey has increased his career live tournament earnings to $22,778,248 and in the process bypassed 2014 Card Player Player of the Year Dan Colman to claim the number three spot on the all-time live earnings leaderboard.

By successfully defending his win in in this event from 2014 Ivey earned his third largest career cash. In fact, his top three poker tournament paydays have now all come from wins in this event, with over $7.3 million in earnings coming from his 2012, 2014 and 2015 title runs.

Only the top five finishers made the money in this super high roller event, with 2015 $100,000 Challenge champion Richard Yong being the unfortunate bubble boy, busting in sixth place. Inaugural champion of this event Erik Seidel was the next to exit, running into the pocket kings of Doug Polk with ADiamond Suit3Club Suit and failing to come from behind.

Scott Seiver, who had already made three final tables in high roller events in 2015, finished fourth for $735,000 AUD ($571,095 USD). Seiver has cashed for $1,989,615 so far this year, and the 300 Player of the Year points he earned for this latest finish were enough to move him into fifth place in the overall POY standings with 1,610 total points.

Doug Polk was the next to fall when he ran AClub Suit5Club Suit into Mike McDonald’s AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit. The man known as “Timex” was able to maintain his lead throughout, sending Polk to the rail with $1,041,500 AUD ($808,857 USD) and setting up the final heads-up battle with Ivey.

Ivey held 3.6 million of the 6.25 million chips in play, but was able to pull ahead in the match fairly quickly. By the time the final hand arose he held a commanding lead. McDonald min-raised to 100,000 on the button and quickly called after Ivey raised him all in for roughly 1.3 million. McDonald was in great shape to double with the ASpade SuitQHeart Suit dominating Ivey’s KClub SuitQClub Suit, but the flop of KSpade Suit10Spade Suit10Club Suit had different ideas. The turn brought the 8Heart Suit and left Ivey one card away from yet another victory in this prestigious event. The 9Heart Suit sealed the deal, sending McDonald to the rail as the runner-up with $1,592,500 AUD ($1,237,373 USD) as consolation.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Phil Ivey $1,713,285 600
2 Mike McDonald $1,237,373 500
3 Doug Polk $808,857 400
4 Scott Seiver $571,095 300
5 Erik Seidel $428,127 250

Winner photo courtesy of Aussie Millions / Kenneth Lim.