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Posted 2013-01-29 GMT+10

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Andrew Robl Wins 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge (AU$1,000,000)

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10 • Level 14: 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante
Andrew Robl tops a field of 22 entries to win the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for AU$1,000,000.
Andrew Robl tops a field of 22 entries to win the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for AU$1,000,000.

The 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge recommenced on Monday with the final seven players of a 22-entry field. After just six hours of play, Andrew Robl emerged victorious to capture the A$1,000,000 first-place prize and the title of champion.

The tournament began on Sunday when 21 players took to the felt for nearly 10 levels of play. Robl was the first to bust from that field, and became the only person to exercise his re-entry option (the only one to do so). Obviously it proved a wise decision for Robl, who was recently featured in the new poker book Ship It Holla Ballas!.

Seven players began the final table as opposed to the traditional eight thanks to a double elimination in the last hand of Day 1. With that said, only four spots were slated to be paid, which meant three players would leave empty handed.

It didn't take long for the first elimination of the day, less than 20 minute in fact, and it happened when Vanessa Selbst opened the action with a raise to 16,000 from the hijack and Tobias Reinkemeier three-bet to 63,000 from the small blind. Robl then four-bet all in from the big blind for 123,000, Selbst folded, and Reinkemeier called off for roughly 115,000.

Reinkemeier: {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}
Robl: {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}

It was a terrible spot of the German, and it got even worse when the {7-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop paired Robl's ace. The {7-Clubs} turn left Reinkemeier drawing dead, and after the {2-Spades} was put out on the river for good measure, he exited in seventh place.

The next elimination came a short time later in Level 12 with the blinds at 5,000/10,000/1,000. It happened when start-of-the-day chip leader Masa Kagawa raised to 20,000, Robl flatted from the cutoff seat,and then Selbst made the call from the big blind. The three players saw a {Q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop, Selbst checked, Kagawa bet 36,000, and Robl folded. Selbst then check-raised all in for 79,000. It was at this time that Kagawa was delivered his hot chocolate from the cocktail waitress. Kagawa tipped the young lady, took a sip of his creamy drink and added a nice foam mustache to his face. Then, he called. Selbst showed the {9-Spades}{8-Diamonds} for middle pair, and she was behind the {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs} for Kagawa. The turn was the {7-Clubs}, and the river completed the board with the {J-Spades}. Kagawa won the pot and sent Selbst home in sixth place.

The elimination of the all-time most-winning female player brought about the money bubble, and Niklas "ragen70" Heinecker was sitting on an extreme short stack. He made his move shortly thereafter when opened for 40,000 under the gun and was met with a three-bet to 70,000 by Kagawa in the small blind. After the big blind folded, Heinecker opted to just call the additional 30,000 and leave himself 24,000 behind. Kagawa proceeded to bet the {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{8-Spades} and Heinecker committed his remaining chips while saying, "That's good enough for me."

Masa: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
Heinecker: {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

Neither player had hit the flop directly, though Heinecker picked up an open-ended straight draw. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Heinecker had a 34.54% chance of survival on the flop, but that dropped to 22.73% when the useless {2-Hearts} turned. Heinecker was on his feet as the dealer burned one last time and put out the {4-Clubs}. The German online star missed and took his leave in fifth place after shaking hands with the remaining four player, who were each guaranteed at least $237,000.

Four-handed play was an extended affair, and in Level 12 (6,000/12,000/1,000) Dan Shak managed to take over the chip lead when he flopped a straight to double through Kagawa. Unfortunately for him, he lost it back over the next couple of hands, and Shak was eliminated in fourth place not long after. It happened when Robl limped on the button for 16,000, and Shak raised to 72,000 from the small blind. Robl took a minute, eventually called, and then watched Shak fire 155,000 on the {K-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop. Robl took his usual time, then announced that he was all in.

"I guess I call, but I'm behind," said Shak as he made the call for his last 144,000. He turned up the {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} and was up against Robl's {K-Spades}{5-Spades}. "I need a queen... or running diamonds," Shak added. He’d find neither as the {2-Spades} appeared on the turn followed by the {10-Clubs} river. Shak was eliminated, but not before the tournament director reminded the crowd that it was the third time in four years Shak had cashed the event (he won it in 2010).

In Level 13, with the blinds at 10,000/20,000/2,000, Kagawa limped from the small blind and Robl checked his option from the big. Kagawa then moved all in for 338,000 on the {10-Hearts}{7-Spades}{8-Diamonds}, and Robl thought for a solid minute before making the call.

Robl: {10-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Kagawa: {10-Clubs}{K-Hearts}

Both players had flopped a pair of tens, but Kagawa's kicker had him out in front. Robl could still take the lead with either a jack or nine, and one appeared when the dealer burned and turned the {9-Clubs}. Robl hit his straight and Kagawa was drawing to a chop, which didn't hit as the {6-Diamonds} blanked on the river.

Heads-up play began with Robl holding a nearly 10-1 chip lead over Kurganov, but the Russian didn’t give up. A double saw him work his way up to 915,000, but it wasn't enough as Robl eventually finished the job.

Place Player Prize
1st Andrew Robl A$1,000,000
2nd Igor Kurganov A$610,000
3rd Masa Kagawa A$320,000
4th Dan Shak A$237,000

Congratulations to Andrew Robl on winning the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge and adding his name to this prestigious list of champions:

Year Winner Prize No. of Entries Prize Pool
2013 Andrew Robl A$1,000,000 22 A$2,167,000
2012 Dan Smith A$1,012,000 22 A$2,200,000
2011 Sam Trickett A$1,525,000 38 A$3,800,000
2010 Dan Shak A$1,200,000 24 A$2,400,000
2009 David Steicke A$1,200,000 23 A$2,300,000
2008 Howard Lederer A$1,250,000 25 A$2,500,000
2007 Erick Lindgren A$1,000,000 18 A$1,800,000

That does it for our coverage from the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, but the PokerNews Live Reporting Team is currently providing updates on the A$10,000 Main Event. What’s more, later this week we’ll be covering the $250,000 Challenge, $25,000 Challenge and $1,000,000 Cash Game.

Igor Kurganov Eliminated in 2nd Place (AU$610,000)

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10
Igor Kurganov - 2nd Place
Igor Kurganov - 2nd Place

It's over. Andrew Robl has defeated Igor Kurganov to capture the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge title and AU$1,000,000 first-place prize.

In what would be the last hand, the board read {9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} when Robl bet 60,000 and Kurganov raised to 190,000. Robl then three-bet all in and Kurganov called off with {4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}. Unfortunately for him, Robl held {A-Spades}{5-Clubs} for a wheel. The {Q-Spades} river was no help to Kurganov and he finished as runner-up for AU$610,000.

Chip Counts
Andrew Robl 2,200,000 922,000 pos
Igor Kurganov Busted

Robl Doesn't Fall Into the Trap

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10

Andrew Robl raised to 48,000 from the button and Igor Kurganov defended from the big blind. The latter proceeded to check-call a bet of 50,000 on the {Q-Spades}{4-Clubs}{7-Clubs} flop, and then both players checked the {A-Spades} turn. They did the same on the {3-Diamonds} river and Robl sheepishly turned over {8-Spades}{2-Spades}. Kurganov then tabled {Q-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for a flopped two pair to win the pot.

Chip Counts
Andrew Robl 1,278,000 -207,000 neg
Igor Kurganov 922,000 207,000 pos

Four-Bet from Robl

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10

From the button, Andrew Robl raised to 48,000. Igor Kurganov reraised to 124,000, and Robl reraised to 376,000. Kurganov folded, and Robl won the pot.

Chip Counts
Andrew Robl 1,485,000 200,000 pos
Igor Kurganov 715,000 -200,000 neg

Slow Going

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10 • Level 14: 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante

The two players have pretty much been swapping blinds the past ten minutes or so. It's only a matter of time before they both wake up with a hand they like.

Current Counts

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10
Chip Counts
Andrew Robl 1,285,000 35,000 pos
Igor Kurganov 915,000 -35,000 neg

"Ship It"

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10

Igor Kurganov raised to 48,000 from the button and was met by a three-bet to 120,000 from Andrew Robl in the big blind. Kurganov responded by making it 210,000, Robl called, and the flop came down {J-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}. Robl checked, and then he folded when Kurganov bet 155,000.

"Ship it," Philipp Gruissem yelled from the rail. Holla!

Chip Counts
Andrew Robl 1,250,000 -200,000 neg
Igor Kurganov 950,000 200,000 pos

Kurganov Fighting Back

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10

Igor Kurganov raised to 48,000 from the button and Andrew Robl responded with a three-bet to 148,000 from the big blind. Kurganov then moved all in for 375,000 and Robl made the call.

Robl: {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs}
Kurganov: {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

Both players paired their ace on the {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop, but Kurganov's kicker had him firmly in the lead. Neither the {10-Diamonds} turn nor {K-Clubs} river changed a thing and Kurganov received a much-needed double.

Chip Counts
Andrew Robl 1,450,000 -375,000 neg
Igor Kurganov 750,000 375,000 pos

One for Kurganov

Posted 2013-01-28 GMT+10

Igor Kurganov limped on the button and Andrew Robl checked his option from the big blind. Both players checked the {10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{7-Spades} flop, and then Robl check-called a bet of 32,000 on the {J-Diamonds} turn. When the {6-Clubs} peeled off on the river, Robl check-called another bet, this time 70,000, but mucked when Kurganov revealed {7-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}.

Chip Counts
Andrew Robl 1,825,000 -100,000 neg
Igor Kurganov 375,000 100,000 pos
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Winner Andrew Robl
Winning Hand ♠A♣5
Prize 1,000,000

Level Info

Level 14
Blinds 12,000 / 24,000
Ante 2,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 2,167,000