Phil Ivey Wins Aussie Millions $250K Challenge for Third Time

Phil Ivey won his third $250K Challenge Monday at the 2015 Aussie Millions (Photo courtesy PokerStars/APPT)

Phil Ivey won his third $250K Challenge Monday at the 2015 Aussie Millions (Photo courtesy PokerStars/APPT)

The success that Phil Ivey has enjoyed at the Aussie Millions is just a little bit ridiculous. On Monday he won the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge for the third time. There’s only ever been five of them.

Ivey beat Mike McDonald heads-up to win AU$2,205,000 ($1,713,285 US) after surviving a final table  that included Isaac Haxton, Scott Seiver, Erik Seidel and 2015 $100,000 Challenge winner Richard Yong.

The day began with 10 returning players and two others taking advantage of registration being open until the start of Day 2. Isaac Haxton, who fired two bullets on Day 1, and Brian Rast, entering for the first time, pushed the total entries to 25 to create a prizepool of AU$6,105,000 divided up amongst the top five finishers.

Ivey got the players into the money by busting Yong in sixth place. Just a few minutes later short-stacked Seidel, who won this event in 2011, moved all-in from under the gun and Doug Polk called from the big blind. Seidel flipped over A 3 but found himself needing help after Polk turned over K K. The board ran out 8 7 6 J J and Seidel was out in fifth place.

A little over an hour later McDonald ended Scott Seiver’s run. McDonald raised to 60,000 from the button and Seiver defended his big blind. After the A 7 6 flop, Seiver checked, McDonald continuation bet 50,000 and Seiver moved all in for 206,000. McDonald called and tabled K 8 for the nut flush draw while Seiver held 7 4 for middle pair. The 5 on the turn ended any drama, leaving the 3 river meaningless and Seiver was out fourth place earning $735,000. Seiver fired three bullets in the meaning, leaving him with a $15,000 loss.

Three handed play between Ivey, McDonald and Polk lasted nearly three hours before McDonald got the best of Polk. From the button Ivey raised to 110,000, Polk moved all-in from the small blind for 890,000 and McDonald moved all-in for around 1,600,000, forcing Ivey to fold. Polk turned over A 5 and was way behind the A Q of McDonald. The flop came Q 8 5 giving Polk a flush draw but the 3 turn and 9 river failed to help Polk and he was eliminated in third.

When heads-up play began Ivey held 3,610,000 to McDonald’s 2,640,000 and it took him just 30 minutes to deny McDonald his first tournament win 2011. McDonald raised to 100,000 from the button, Ivey moved all in and McDonald called off his last 1,300,000 and tabled A Q. Ivey was behind with K Q but found help on the K T T flop and then stayed ahead after the 8 turn and 9 river to win this event for the third time in five years.

Final Payouts

  1. Phil Ivey – AU$2,205,000
  2. Mike McDonald – 1,592,500
  3. Doug Polk – 1,041,500
  4. Scott Seiver – 735,000
  5. Erik Seidel – 551,000
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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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