It was just two years ago that the legend of Sam Trickett began to grow. On Friday Trickett added to that legend by taking down the 2013 Aussie Millions LK Jewelry $250,000 Challenge and adding $2,000,000 to his lifetime earnings.
In late 2010 Trickett cleaned up in the huge cash games in Macau. Then came the 2011 Aussie Millions where he put himself on the map for good. The English poker pro finished second in the inaugural $250,000 Challenge and followed that up by winning the $100,000 Challenge just a week later. Since then he’s gone on to win millions in some of the world’s most expensive tournaments.
Seven players started the final table with a shot at the $2,000,000 first place prize. Macau big game regular Richard Yong went out in seventh place and was quickly followed to the exit by Erik Seidel. After an extended bubble Winfred Yu, one of the last players to enter the event on Day 1, was eliminated in fifth when his A 4 couldn’t outrun Kurganov’s A 7.
After Yu’s elimination it didn’t take long to get to a champion. With not a lot of chips in play thanks to a fast structure all four remaining players took turns moving all-in without a call. The first elimination came after Trickett and Igor Kurganov saw a flop of 9 3 2. After Kurganov checked, Trickett bet 80,000 and Kurganov called. The 4 on the turn led to fireworks. Kurganov checked, Trickett bet 160,000 and Kurganov announced all-in. Trickett called instantly and tabled 6 5 for a turned straight flush as Kurganov showed J 7 for a flush.
It was the second six-figure cash this week for Kurganov. The Russian poker pro finished runner-up to Andrew Robl in the $100,000 Challenge on Sunday.
Trickett didn’t wait long to claim his next victim. A short-stacked Fabian Quoss moved all-in for his last 400,000 with 7 6 and Trickett called with A T. The board ran out K J 4 Q 8 giving Trickett broadway and sending Quoss out in third place.
Trickett began heads-up play with nearly 80% of the chips in play and it only took him ten minutes to finish off his final opponent, Tobias Reinkemeier. The German poker pro moved all-in with K 2 and Trickett called with A 5. The flop, turn and river all missed Reinkemeier and he was eliminated in second place.
Final Table Payouts
- Sam Trickett – $2,000,000
- Tobias Reinkemeier – $1,250,000
- Fabian Quoss – $750,000
- Igor Kurganov – $500,000
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