The Aussie Millions $25k Challenge was won in the early hours of this morning by 2 time WSOP Main Event final tablist Ben Lamb who took home A$647,114 (US$524,764) after a heads-up deal with German pro Jan-Eric Schwippert.
Day 2 started with 19 players remaining from the 114 entries, with five players destined to go home empty handed before the bubble burst. The unlucky five were Jordan Westmorland, Marius Gierse, Danny Tang, Jonathan Karamalikis, and Michael Addamo. With Karamalikis and Addamo out it was left to just Rory Young to fly the Aussie flag.
After the bubble burst nobody busted out for the next half an hour, but during the following 25 minutes the tournament said goodbye to Stefan Huber, Yury Zinkevich, Kazuhiko Yotsushika, and Claas Segebrecht leaving just ten players remaining.
Forty minutes later three-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Gathy hit the rail in 10th (A$82,080) as his ran into kicker problems all-in against Roger Teska’s on a 10 high flop.
By this time Ben Lamb had worked his way up to become chip leader with 930k after starting the day a lowly 15th with just 172,500 chips. Kitty Kuo, the overnight chip leader, was in second with 780k with Mustapha Kanit had dropped one place to 3rd with 650,000, while Schwippert held his overnight position of 4th but with almost twice as many chips as he started the day with at 600k.
Schwippert, however, was soon to take a commanding lead in the tournament. In the space of just 20 minutes he won a 700k pot against Wayne Yap, busted Brian Yoon in 9th (A$82,080) in a 460k pot when Schwippert’s rivered a broadway straight against Yoon’s , and then took out Rory Young in 8th (A$82,080) when he turned an Ace holding against Young’s for a 1.2m chip pot. By now Schwippert and Lamb were well ahead of the field with the German on top with 2m chips to Lamb’s 1.49m, and Kuo way behind in 3rd with 685k
It was a disappointing end for Mustapha Kanit who busted out in 7th, just missing the official final table. Kanit had found himself short and and pushed his last 180k on a flop holding for a flush draw. He was called by Wayne Tap who tabled . The aces held and Kanit hit the rail in 7th, good for a A$102,600 payday
Another short stack, Roger Teska, soon joined Kanit as his last 180k went in with on a 9 high flop only for
Jan-Eric Schwippert to call with . Teska walked away in 6th with a check for A$123,120.
It took over 2.5 hours for the next elimination to come and when it did it was Jack Salter who lost his last 250k after flopping top pair on a Jack high board. After all the money went in Salter could only look on as Ben Lamb hit running hearts to make the nut-flush and send the young Brit home in 5th, which earned him A$177,840
Kuo’s great run came to an end in 4th. She shipped her last 300k holding , calling Schwippert who turned over . Unluckily for Kuo a 5 fell on the flop and she took her leave, earning a lifetime best A$246,240 for her efforts.
It was only a matter of time before Wayne Yap succumbed in 3rd, with both Lamb and Schwippert holding well over 2m chips each to his 500k. Eventually he tried one preflop jam too many and found his up against Ben Lamb’s . Yap earned A$328,320 for finishing third.
After Yap’s elimination Lamb and Schwippert quickly agreed to a straight ICM chop meaning Lamb would take home A$647,114 and Schwippert A$597,765. They then flipped for the title and Lamb’s held up against Schwippert’s, and Ben Lamb was crowned the Aussie Millions $25k Challenge Champion 2018.
Final Table Results: Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (AUD)||Prize (USD)|
|1||Ben Lamb||United States||A$647,114*||$524,764*|
|5||Jack Salter||United Kingdom||A$177,840||$144,050|
|6||Roger Teska||United States||A$123,120||$99,727|