This week on The Week That Was features high-stakes action from the Aussie Millions as two six-figure buy-in events complemented their $10,000 Main Event, and the announcements of the BLUFF Reader’s Choice Awards winners and 2011 World Series of Poker schedule headlining this week’s poker news.
Siedel, Trickett and Gorr big winners at Aussie Millions
Melbourne, Australia was the center of the poker world this week as the Aussie Millions featured three events that generated a good deal of interest. First up was the $100,000 AUD Challenge, which drew a field of 38 players, like the Super High Roller event earlier this month at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The winner was UK pro Sam Trickett, defeating Tony Bloom heads-up to earn over $1,500,000 AUD. Team FullTilt Poker Pro Erik Seidel finished third, while Full Tilt Poker red pro David Benyamine finished sixth.
Later in the week, while a field of 721 signed up for the $10,000 AUD Main Event, the rumored $250,000 AUD Super High Roller event was held. The expected field of eight players grew to a final total of 20 as the top three earned over $1,000,000 AUD. Three-handed play started with familiar faces Benyamine, Seidel and Trickett cashing yet again. This time it would be Seidel who earned the glory and $2,500,000 AUD, defeating Trickett heads-up with Benyamine finishing third.
Meanwhile, the Main Event featured a final table with Patrik Antonius, Chris Moorman and James Keys among the participants. However it would be one for the old guys as the oldest player at the table, Australian James Gorr, keeping the title in Australia for a third straight year. Gorr earned $2,000,000 AUD by defeating Keys in a heads-up duel that lasted over 200 hands.
Brunson, Stapleton and PokerStars among BLUFF Readers Choice winners
The 6th Annual BLUFF Readers Choice Awards winners were announced this week and there were a few surprises among the winners. In the category of Favorite Poker Announcer, newcomer Joe Stapleton of PokerStars The Big Game edged out High Stakes Poker’s Gabe Kaplan by less than 1%. Another surprise to many observers had Doyle Brunson easily winning the Funniest Poker Twitterer award over Erik Seidel. Other winners included PokerStars (Favorite Online Poker Site), TwoPlusTwo.com (Favorite Poker Fourm) and Daniel “Jungleman” Cates (Breakout Performance of the Year).
WSOP Schedule goes up for ’11
Monday brought the eagerly anticipated release of the 2011 World Series of Poker schedule. 58 bracelet events will be awarded at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from May 31 to July 17. The first open event of the WSOP will be a $25,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up event as last year’s opener, the $50,000 Players’ Championship will now be one of the final events of the WSOP, just before the $10,000 Main Event. Other additions to the schedule: a $2,500 10-game event – featuring the debut of Badugi at the WSOP, and a $5,000 pot-limit Omaha 6-max event. All events will play a maximum of 10 levels a day, a development that will come to the relief of players, media, and tournament staff alike.
Alexander Kuzmin won the WPT Southern Poker Championship Main Event at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi for over $600,000. WPT owner PartyPoker and Bwin officially merged after approval from their respective shareholders Friday. Huy Nguyen won the WSOP Circuit Main Event at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma for over $230,000. The WSOPC reaches the halfway point of their season in Tunica, Mississippi with the first ring event taking place January 29. The European Poker Tour in Deauville, France drew a field of 891 entrants, a record for the venue. A winner in that event will be determined Monday. Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom faces Daniel Cates in the third PokerStars SuperStar Showdown January 30, follow @bluffmagazine with updates and a recap after play concludes. The NAPT confirmed their next two locations for season 2, the Bicycle Casino March 5-10 and Mohegan Sun in April 9-13. The feature events at both locations are the $5,000 Main Event and $10,000 Bounty Shootout, filmed for ESPN2 to air later this year. Australian pro David Saabwas one of three men arrested after attempting to import over 20 kilos of cocaine into Australia. Winner of the 2010 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge Dan Shak affected the gold market this week with the liquidation of his position in gold futures contracts.
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