Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan Make Appearances at $100,000 Challenge

Published on January 22nd, 2012 12:47 pm EST

Aussie Millions - logoEver since "Black Friday" took place last April, the poker world hasn't seen much of the likes of Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Phil Ivey.

Both Dwan and Ivey have still been playing poker, but the high-stakes games that they enjoy have moved from the virtual felt of the now-shuttered Full Tilt Poker to Macau. These games are very private, so the poker world has not heard much of the exploits of the likes of Ivey and Dwan over the last nine months.

Prior to the 2012 Aussie Millions getting underway, there were rumors that Dwan, Antonius and Ivey would all be making appearances at the event. This was confirmed yesterday, as Dwan and Ivey signed up to play in the $100k Challenge, and Antonius participated in Day 1 of the main event.

It was a short day for Dwan, as he ended up being eliminated by Daniel Cates a few hours into Day 1. After a flop of Qh-10s-7c, Dwan decided to make his final stand holding the A-J of hearts. Cates held Ks-Qs, and the turn and river were both bricks, sending Dwan to the rail.

Phil Ivey lasted right until the end of Day 1, but was eventually eliminated in 9th place. A familiar foe, Gus Hansen, dispatched Ivey from the tournament after the two players got their chips into the middle after a flop of 9s-7d-6s. Hansen held 7c-6d for two Pair, while Ivey held a pair of Eights. The turn brought the Kh and the river brought the Ad, giving Hansen the pot and sending Ivey to the rail in 9th place.

Play halted for the day after Ivey's elimination, and the chip counts look like this heading into the final day of play:

Gus Hansen - 567,000
Joe Hachem - 538,500
Dan Smith - 346,500
Mikhail Smirnov - 265,000
Sorel Mizzi - 228,500
Tony G - 102,000
Nam Le - 79,500
Sam Trickett - 73,000

The payouts for this year's $100k Challenge look like this:

1st - $1,012,000
2nd - $616,000
3rd - $330,000
4th - $242,000

*note: AUD Dollars


Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier were some of the other big names who participated in this event. All three players failed to make it through to Day 2.


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