The 2015 Aussie Millions is over, and a host of big names went deep in tournaments. Here we focus on two players who had a great tournament; Alexander Trevallion and Phil Ivey.
It’s not quite rags to riches, but it was definitely an extraordinary Aussie Millions for Alexander Trevallion. With total cashes of just over $40k, the young Australian put in a stellar performance at the 2015 edition of the southern hemisphere’s richest poker tournament with deep runs in three major tournaments.
First up, the $25k Challenge. With a final table packed with poker royalty from the likes of Stephen Chidwick and Connor Drinan, to PCA Super High Roller champion Steve O’Dwyer, Trevallion eventually defeated Tobias Reinkemeier heads-up for a cool $521,835.
Next up, the $100k Challenge where Trevallion again impressed, before succumbing to eventual winner Richard Yong. Nevertheless, his 8th place finish secured him $244,943.
Finally, a deep run in the Main Event to 33rd place meant Trevallion could add another $19,753 to his winnings, bringing his grand total for the Aussie Millions to $786,531. Not bad for someone whose biggest ever cash before this year was a 22nd place in last year’s EPT 11 London Main Event.
With a prize-pool of just over A$6m, the $250k Challenge brought out the very biggest poker stars. A bunch of big names failed to make the money, including both the winner and runner-up of the $100k Challenge, Richard Yong and Ole Schemion, along with Igor Kurganov, Jason Mo, Dan Smith and Ike Haxton.
Eric Seidel went one better than his 6th place in the $100k, as he finished in 5th place, running his Ad3c into the KhKd of Doug Polk. Scott Seiver, who had fired three bullets in the event, and then Doug Polk were both knocked out by Mike McDonald who entered heads-up play against Phil Ivey.
With Ivey holding the chip-lead, he got lucky with KcQc vs McDonald’s AsQh, as he flopped a King to take home $1.7m and hop above Dan Colman on the all-time money list. Not only that, but he has now won this particular event three times in his life. From his last five tournament wins, three of them have now come in this event.