Matthew Ephraums Takes Down First Event at 2010 Aussie MillionsPublished on January 19th, 2010 3:42 am EST
Many of poker's top names are currently descending on the Crown Casino in Australia, eager to escape cold climates and participate in one of poker's fastest-growing tournament series.
Matthew Ephraums kicked off the 2010 Aussie Millions by taking down Event #1 ($1,100 No Limit Hold'em) for just over $200,000 AUD.
1,143 players participated in the first event of the 2010 Aussie Millions, shattering the record for the largest Australian poker tournament field in history. The turnout for the first event should be a sign of things to come, as large fields are expected in all of the upcoming events.
The final table of Event #1 lasted 17 hours, with Ephraums finally overcoming Brendan Edmonds to take down the tournament. The final hand of the event came when the two players got all-in with Ephraums holding Ac-10c and Edmonds holding Jd-10d. The flop brought an ace, sealing the deal for Ephraums and sending Edmonds to the rail in second place.
Event #2 ($550 PokerPro No Limit Hold'em) was won by Andrew Hinrichsen, who ended up taking home $12,825 AUD for his victory.
The final table of Event #3 ($1,100 Limit Hold'em) is currently taking place. There are five players left at this moment, with David Steicke currently possessing the chip lead. The eventual winner of this event will take home $25,650 AUD.
Event #4 ($1,100 Pot Limit Omaha) got underway earlier today, with 160 players deciding to participate. 130 of the original 160 entrants have already been eliminated. Some of the well-known names who are still alive in the event include Annette Obrestad and Mel Judah.
The 2010 Aussie Millions officially wraps up on Sunday, January 31st with the Aussie Millions Farewell Party.
Some of the more notable events between now and then include:
Event #7 (Begins January 22nd) - $1,150 No Limit Hold'em w/ Rebuys
Event #8 (Begins January 23rd) - $100,000 Challenge ($100,000 + $500 buyin)
Event #9 (Begins January 24th) - Aussie Millions Main Event
Event #13 (Begins January 26th) - Australian Heads Up Championship ($5,000 + $300 buyin)
Event #15 (Begins January 28th) - Pot Limit Omaha ($10,000 + $500 buyin)
Event #18 (Begins January 29th) - H.O.R.S.E. ($10,000 + $500 buyin)
Given the strong start to the 2010 Aussie Millions, the main event field has a very good chance of topping last year's number of 681 entrants.
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