1,522,000 | Ben Tollerene leads 100K Challenge in Australia

Aussie_millions

Ben Tollerene will take the lead in the 100K Challenge at the Aussie Millions once play resumes on Saturday. The final six players will take a break from the event for a few days as play in the Aussie Millions Main Event continues in Melbourne.

Former World #1 Jason Mercier and Fedor Holz, who won back-to-back high roller events in Las Vegas and Manila just a few weeks ago, are also still in the competition.

Fab Five | Top Chip Stacks – Aussie Millions 100K Challenge
1. Benjamin Tollerene (USA) 1,522,000
2. Connor Drinan (USA) 943,000
3. Jason Mercier (USA) 508,000
4. Fabian Quoss (GER) 478,000
5. Sam Greenwood (CAN) 458,000

 

4,304,176 | Timex loves to spend February in the outback

Mike Timex McDonald

If you’re ever looking for Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald anytime between the end of January and the beginning of February, chances are he’s collecting paychecks in Melbourne.

In the past two years, McDonald has amassed a whopping $4,304,176 at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne. Timex certainly seems to be enjoying his time at the Crown Casino, playing – and more than likely cashing – in some of the biggest buy-in events in the world.

Here are the last few moments of McDonald’s runner-up finish at the 2014 100K Challenger in Melboure:

Fab Five | McDonald’s Biggest Paydays Down Under
$1,701,808 – Aussie Millions 250K Challenge (3rd), Feb 2014
$1,343,436 – Aussie Millions 100K Challenge (2nd), Feb 2014
$1,235,228 – Aussie Millions 250K Challenge (2nd), Feb 2015
$75,526 – Aussie Millions 1K side event (2nd), Jan 2008
$29,843 – Aussie Millions 1K side event (1st), Jan 2008

*Photo courtesy of Neil Stoddart/Global Poker Index

 

24th | Farewell to Rene Angelil

Rene Angelil

Sundays are usually reserved for celebrities on PokerStats, this edition is no different, except it goes to honor a showbiz legend and part-time poker player who passed away last week …

Rene Angelil was laid to rest of Saturday. Best known for guiding Celine Dion to superstardom (both as a manager and a supportive husband), Angelil has a passion for poker and played as much as someone with a busy schedule such as his could. Many poker players made a point to Tweet out the fact that he one on the nicest persons to ever enter the world of poker.

His final career cash would end up being one of the most impressive of his part-time career on the circuit, a 24th place finish at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in December 2014. He earned a total of 63 career results on the circuit, 8 victories, and a combined 11 scores in WSOP and WPT events.

You can watch Angelil play Hollywood star Shannon Elizabeth in the first round of the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship:

Rest in peace, Rene.

*Photo courtesy of Hold’emPix/TheHendonMob Database

 

72 | Fun bet turns Hellmuth vs Matusow into a great tv moment on High Stakes Poker

Phil Hellmuth

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show.

Poker stars Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak love to find new ways to have fun – or get themselves in trouble from time to time – and on this episode of poker, their proposal on adding a little twist to a regular hold’em cash game would create one of the most memorable hands ever played on High Stakes Poker.

The twist? A player winning a pot holding 2-7 would be paid an extra $500 by each player at the table. The goal, obviously, is to create action and boy were sparks ever flying between lifetime rivals Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow … enjoy!

*Photo courtesy of Jules Pochy/Global Poker Index

 

1,227,900 | Laliberte’s circus act helps Benyamine out in a big way

Guy-Laliberte

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show over the next few days.

Cirque du Soleil foudre Guy Laliberté loves to play poker … and doesn’t mind being on a wrong end of a massive pot, given that he recently sold the iconic Cirque empire for a reported $1.5 billion US dollars! French poker star David Benyamine, like most poker pros, would rather not lose a million dollar pot!

Queue this HSP hand where a crazy $1,227,900 was in the pot and Laliberté had a 65% chance to win big, while Benyamine was about to lose most of his net worth once the turn and the river hit the felt.

Even the great Doyle Brunson commented on how Laliberté was playing for a single day’s work while Benyamine had all of his money on the line. Some incredible discussions and negotiations would follow and Guy would end up saving Benyamine from having to move in with friends – take a look below:

*Photo courtesy of Jules Pochy/Global Poker Index

 

548,700 | The Bear turns on Durrrr on High Stakes Poker

Barry-Greenstein

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show over the next few days.

You may have felt really bad for “The Bear” Barry Greenstein if you read yesterday’s post … well, this time, it’s Barry handing out the bad beats, taking a HUGE pot from Tom Durrrr Dwan in the hand you can see below:

A nice $548,700 payday for The Bear!

361,800 | Sammy does Barry dirty on High Stakes Poker

Sam Farha 10 000 World Championship NLHE 2

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show over the next few days.

It’s the hand that may have made High Stakes Poker ‘Must See TV’…

On the final hand of the night, as players are counting their chips and discussing dinner plans, Barry Greenstein would wake up with aces, hoping to add a few extra dollars to end the session. In a dream scenario, poor Sam Farha would look down at Kings and with all the money in the middle, Farha was doomed … or was he?

A king on the flop and Greenstein’s dream would turn into a nightmare:

Sammy would scoop a nice $361,800 pot to end the night on a very positive note!

391,300 | Sammy vs Jamie in a High Stakes Poker hand for the ages

HighStakesPoker

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show over the next few days.

Season 4 saw two High Stakes Poker faves go head-to-head in a monster hand that last well over 10 minutes!

2006 World Series of Poker Main Event winner (the biggest winner in history) Jamie Gold would try to slow-play a pair of Kings early … but once the legendary Sam Farha raised with Aces, all hell broke lose! Warning, if you’ve never played a cash game before, best not learn the rules of ethics in poker based on this hand – oh but what a hand it was …

Sammy would win a massive $391,300 pot – cash money baby!

9,820 | Grinders collecting those air miles

Melbourne

Life on the road can be tough for those on the live tournament poker circuit. Consider this: some players left the Bahamas after the completion of the 2016 PCA and have made their way to the next big festival on the poker calendar, the 2016 APPT Aussie Millions down under in Melbourne.

At last check, a $3,500 USD flight (give or take a few hundred) will get you there in about 30 hours … the only big positive (other than playing a fantastic festival in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, of course) is that you’re going to be collecting a king’s ransom when it comes to air miles!!! Approximately 9,820 miles will certainly help you find a few complimentary flights in some of your upcoming trips on the circuit!

Good luck to everyone competing at the Aussie Millions!

 

1 | Actor Oliver Hudson’s 2005 WSOP Main Event lasts one hand

Oliver Hudson

Hollywood actor Oliver Hudson wanted in on the poker craze, trying his luck in the Main Event at the 2005 World Series of Poker … sadly, the former ‘Rules of Engagement’ and ‘Dawson’s Creek’ star wouldn’t be around for very long.

Hudson would lose all his chips to high stakes legend Sam Farha … ON THE VERY FIRST HAND!

Good news is that if his mother, Goldie Hawn, or sister, Kate, were in Vegas, he was suddenly available to meet them for dinner at one of the Strip’s finest restaurants!

*Photo courtesy of TVGuide.com

 

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