Aussie Millions 2016: LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Live Updates

February 01, 2016

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1:10am: We have a winner! O’Dwyer conquers Peters with a cooler to end it
Level 14: Blinds 15,000/30,000

It’s all over now after Steve O’Dwyer ends on the right side of a cooler against David Peters to win our LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge.

The final hand saw O’Dwyer bring it in for a button raise with Q♣10♠ and Peters defended with Q♦7♣ before a flop of Q♥6♥3♠. Peters check-called a bet for 115,000 and players saw the 10♦ turn.

Another check-call from Peters, this time for 230,000, brought the 7♦ river to improve Peters to an inferior two pair to O’Dwyer’s. A final check from Peters and O’Dwyer overbet jammed for 1,700,000 with enough to cover Peters.

Peters didn’t hesitate to call but saw it was all over when O’Dwyer turned his hand up.

For his victory O’Dwyer pockets AU$951,960 after a four-way deal and the $100,000 bonus for taking out the title. Congratulations!

So that’s all from us here at the 2016 Aussie Millions. We’ll have a full wrap up of today’s events soon. Thanks for joining us!

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1:05am: Peters flops a flush and gets paid
Level 14: Blinds 15,000/30,000

Steve O’Dwyer has been gaining momentum here but David Peters just took a nice pot after flopping a flush. Peters raised the button to 70,000 with 9♣7♣ and O’Dwyer defended with K♠6♥

The K♣10♣A♣ flop saw O’Dwyer check-call 80,000 before the 10♦ turn arrived. Again a check-call for 175,000 and the players went to the 9♦ river.

O’Dwyer checked for a last time and Peters value bet for 375,000. The bet was called and he tabled the flush to even things up again.

The hand brings Peters up to 1.9 million and O’Dwyer drops to 2.1 million.

12:30am: Another big bluff from O’Dwyer
Level 14: Blinds 15,000/30,000

David Peters nudged into the chip lead in this heads-up battle after hitting a few flops and showing down the best hands in a series of small pots against Steve O’Dwyer.

However O’Dwyer has powered back in front with another strong triple-barrel bluff that got through.

O’Dwyer raised the button to 75,000 with K♠8♣ and Peters called out of position with 5♣3♣.

The flop was J♣2♦5♦ and Peters check-called for 70,000 with his middle pair. The turn brought the A♥ which was a good card for O’Dwyer to fire again, this time for 150,000. Peters called again with his pair and inside straight draw as the river was the 6♠.

Peters checked and O’Dwyer splashed out 280,000 into the middle with his king-high. Peters thought for some time but eventually decided to give it up to hand over the chip lead once more.

12:20am: O’Dwyer pays it off
Level 14: Blinds 15,000/30,000

David Peters raised to 70,000 with K♣9♠ on the button and Steve O’Dwyer defended his big blind holding A♠4♥.

The flop landed K♠6♥K♥ and after O’Dwyer checked, Peters continued for 60,000.

O’Dwyer called and the 3♠ turn rolled off. Again O’Dwyer check-called a bet of 140,000 to see the J♥ river.

A third check from O’Dwyer and Peters fired again on the end, this time for 225,000. O’Dwyer seemed uncomfortable about the predicament he was in but eventually made the ace high call.

Peters’ flopped trip kings were way in front and he collected the pot to bring things close to even.

11:50pm: Break with heads up set
Level 13: Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000)

Players have stepped away from the table for a short break before heads up play begins.

Steve O’Dwyer is our slight chip leader over David Peters.

O’Dwyer – 2,284,000
Peters – 1,716,000


11:45pm: Connor Drinan eliminated in 3rd place (AU$1,021,909)
Level 13: Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000)

Connor Drinan was also crippled in the huge three-way clash a few minutes earlier. He found one double up with 10♠6♦ against pocket sevens when he spiked a ten on the flop, to get back to around 320,000 in chips, but that would be as far as the comeback went.

From the button, Drinan moved all in with 7♦8♦ but David Peters made the call in the small blind with A♥4♥.

The board fell K♥J♣9♥9♠9♣ which offered no assistance to Drinan as he was left to exit in third place. As the big stack when the deal was struck, Drinan takes home a seven-figure pay day of AU$1,021,099.

The two remaining players are now taking a quick break before heads-up play gets underway. Stay tuned!


11:40pm: Fabian Quoss eliminated in 4th place (AU$956,896)
Level 13: Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000)

The previous hand left Fabian Quoss crippled and after folding the 7♦2♥ from under the gun, the big blind arrived to eat up half his stack while holding 3♣6♣. Steve O’Dwyer put him all in with A♣9♣ and Quoss committed what he had left.

The board ran out 5♠5♣9♠Q♠2♣ and Quoss couldn’t improve. It’s been an incredible week for Quoss after winning the $100k Event just a few days ago, as he departs from the $250k Event in fourth place for a post-deal amount of AU$956,896.


11:35pm: Huge triple up for O’Dwyer
Level 13: Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000)

The biggest pot of the tournament just went down after Steve O’Dwyer, Connor Drinan and Fabian Quoss got all their money in preflop.

Drinan: K♥Q♥
O’Dwyer: J♥J♦
Quoss: 6♥6♠

The board ran out 7♠9♥9♦A♦7♦ with O’Dwyer’s jacks holding for a triple up of his 682,000 in chips. O’Dwyer builds himself a healthy stack while Drinan and Quoss are left crippled.

11:25pm: Big slick over pocket jacks
Level 13: Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000)

Unusually, Connor Drinan limped J♥J♣ in the small blind and only smooth called when David Peters raised to 80,000 from the big blind with A♣K♥.

The K♠10♥4♥ flop saw Drinan check-call for 87,000 before a turn of 8♦. Again a check-call from Drinan for 177,000 this time and the 9♥ appeared on the river.

Both players checked it on the end and Peters showed he’d hit a pair of kings and raked the pot.

11:05pm: We have a deal!

Players have agreed to a four-way ICM chop with $100,000 left to play for.

Here’s what each player has locked up:

Connor Drinan: $1,021,909
Fabian Quoss: $956,896
Steve O’Dwyer: $951,960
David Peters: $889,236

Let’s find out who can claim the title and the $100,000 bonus!

10:55pm: Deal talks

Following the elimination of Byron Kaverman, the four remaining players agreed to pause the clock and look at a potential deal to avoid such a huge AU$784,000 bubble.

All the stacks are pretty even so looks like they are happy to do an ICM chop four ways, leaving a small amount and the gold ring in the middle to play for, however nothing has been confirmed as yet.

10:50pm: Quoss cripples Kaverman before O’Dwyer sends him packing
Level 13: Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000)

We’ve lost our fifth place finisher here now as Byron Kaverman has hit the rail after back to back hands. The first saw Kaverman all in and in serious trouble against Fabian Quoss who almost had the same chip stack.

Quoss: A♠A♦
Kaverman: A♥10♥

Kaverman had run into Quoss’s pocket aces and couldn’t find a miracle on the 4♣2♣Q♣4♥A♣ runout. That hand left Kaverman crippled and knocked down to 126,000 for five big blinds.

The very next hand it folded to Kaverman on the button who moved all in with the short stack. Steve O’Dwyer in the big blind scratched his and flicked in a chip to signify a call.

O’Dwyer: K♦3♥
Kaverman: Q♠10♦

Kaverman was behind again and couldn’t hit on the 5♣9♦2♥6♠A♠. He heads to exit while only four remain in this event.

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10:40pm: Newey no more
Level 13: Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000)

It hasn’t taken long following the dinner break for us to lose our next player with Paul Newey’s run in the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge coming to an end.

With a stack of just 95,000, Newey shoved under the gun with the K♥5♣. Action folded around to Fabian Quoss in the big blind and he had no hesitation in making the call with A♦Q♠.

The flop was 6♦A♣10♣ and Quoss jumped further in front with his pair of aces. The 8♠ turn card left Newey drawing dead and he departs in sixth place as we sneak closer to the money for the top three players.


10:35pm: Play resumes
Level 13: Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000)

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9:55pm: Dinner break

It’s time for a 40-minute dinner break.

9:50pm: Drinan takes over the lead
Level 12: Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000)

Connor Drinan raised the button to 40,000 holding 9♣7♠ and David Peters made the call in the big blind with 8♦6♦.

The flop fell K♦7♦2♥ and Peters checked to Drinan who bet 40,000 with middle pair. Peters responded by check-raising his flush draw to 113,000. Drinan thought for a bit and made the call.

The turn was the 3♣ and Peters bet again for 155,000. Drinan deliberated and made the right call to see the 5♠ complete the board. Peters held just eight-high but he decided to give up as tapped the table. Drinan was happy to get to showdown as he tabled the best hand with his pair of sevens.

Rush over for Peters as Drinan climbs into the chip lead with around 1.2 million.

9:40pm: Rush for Peters
Level 12: Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000)

David Peters raised to 45,000 from the hijack with Q♦J♦ and Connor Drinan popped it up to 150,000 holding J♠J♣ in the big blinds. Peters made the call and the flop came 5♣A♠Q♠.

Peters took the lead pairing his queen but the ace dissuaded action and players checked down as the 10♣ turn and 7♦ river completed the board.

Peters collected that pot before picking up K♠K♣ in the very next hand. He raised to 45,000 under the gun before next to act O’Dwyer three-bet to 135,000 with A♥10♦. It folded back around to Peters who clicked it back again to a bet for 285,000 and O’Dwyer gave it up.

9:25pm: Kaverman under pressure again
Level 12: Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000)

Things aren’t going the way of Byron Kaverman but he’s just made a solid river fold in a big hand against Connor Drinan.

It was a limped pot in a battle of the blinds with Drinan completing from the small blind with A♦2♦ and Kaverman checking his option with the 6♥4♦.

Drinan checked the 10♣5♦7♦ flop and Kaverman bet 22,000 with his open-ended straight draw. Drinan flopped the nut flush draw so he was happy to make the call.

The turn was the 3♦ which was an interesting card that improved both player’s hands. Drinan checked his nut flush and Kaverman followed up with a bet of 54,000 after turning his straight. Drinan decided to just quickly call as the 9♦ river put four diamonds on board.

Drinan decided his best play was to lead out with a bet of 135,000. Kaverman had a small flush, and after being bluffed moments earlier, probably didn’t want to get bluffed of another best hand, but in the end he made a good fold.

9:05pm: O’Dwyer triple-barrel bluffs Kaverman
Level 12: Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000)

Steve O’Dwyer is now into the chip lead after a huge triple-barrel bluff against Byron Kaverman in the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

O’Dwyer opened with a raise from the hijack position with K♠Q♥ and Kaverman made the call in the big blind with Q♦8♦. Kaverman was dominated but he flopped a flush draw on the 4♥6♦3♦ flop.

Kaverman checked and O’Dwyer made a continuation bet of 65,000. Kaverman called and the turn was the 8♣ to give Kaverman top pair. Action was checked to O’Dwyer who continued to tell the story with a bet of 140,000. Kaverman again called as a huge pot was in the middle before the 3♣ completed the board.

Kaverman checked again and O’Dwyer bet again with just king-high, making it 300,000 to go. Kaverman went deep into the think tank for a good five minutes. He was pained over the decision but he eventually, and reluctantly, folded the best hand. O’Dwyer gave a smile and, knowing that Kaverman would find out his cards in thirty minutes anyway, he decided to dig in the needle by flashing his bluff to the table.

With that pot, O’Dwyer is now into the chip lead with over 1.1 million with Kaverman slipping to 800,000.

8:55pm: Level Up
Level 12: Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000)

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8:45pm: Nice squeeze by Peters
Level 11: Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000)

Fabian Quoss opened to 40,000 from the hijack and picked up calls by Connor Drinan on the button and Byron Kaverman from the small blind. It got to David Peters in the big blind and holding Q♦10♣ he put in a raise to 133,000, leaving himself only 268,000 behind.

The move was well timed with the other three players throwing their hands away and Peters picking up a nice pot uncontested.

8:40pm: Igor eliminated
Level 11: Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000)

Byron Kaverman opened the action with a raise before the short-stacked Igor Kurganov moved all in for 208,000 with A♠4♠. Kaverman made the call and tabled A♥K♠ as once again he found a big hand when the short stack shoved all in.

The board ran out A♣6♥6♦5♠3♦ which wasn’t enough to save Kurganov from elimination. He’s out in seventh place with Kaverman extending his advantage over the final six as he moves up to 1.1 million in chips.


8:35pm: Upswing for O’Dwyer
Level 11: Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000)

The hand went three-handed to a flop with Steve O’Dwyer holding A♦J♦, Byron Kaverman holding A♥7♠ and Igor Kurganov with A♣8♠.

The flop of 3♣J♠8♥ saw action check to O’Dwyer and he bet out for 67,000. Only Kurganov came along to see the 3♦ turn and when it was checked to O’Dwyer again, he continued for 92,000.

Kurganov only had 210,000 behind but eventually decided that folding was his best play and the pot was shipped to O’Dwyer.

8:20pm: Tollerene out
Level 11: Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000)

Igor Kurganov opened with a raise to 37,000 with J♠10♠ before Ben Tollerene moved all in for his last 267,000 with Q♦J♦. Action was then with Byron Kaverman in the big blind. He looked down at A♠J♣ and decided to move all in over the top. Kurganov got out of the way and the cards were on their backs!

The board ran out 4♥5♥J♥7♠K♠ which was no help for Tollerene. He departs our final table leaving us with seven players remaining in the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge.


8:15pm: Distraction and confusion
Level 11: Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000)

Igor Kurganov just had some concerns over the cards in use. He appeared to notice some tiny imperfections in the cut on the edges of the cards and after a closer inspection by the Tournament Director it was decided to change the deck.

Moments later there was more confusion after Fabian Quoss won a small pot and commented that the pot was short the amount of the small blind. After some discussion it was determined that Connor Drinan had accidentally pulled back his small blind, so he compensated the difference.

8:10pm: Drinan rakes one from Kurganov
Level 11: Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000)

Connor Drinan raised to 40,000 with A♥9♠ and Igor Kurganov defended his big blind holding 7♦6♦ to see a flop of 7♠9♥3♥.

Kurganov check-called a bet of 40,000 as players went to an 8♦ turn.

Drinan continued for 75,000 when checked to and despite Kurganov picking up a straight draw straight draw to accompany his pair, the Russian folded his hand to preserve his stack.

7:55pm: Play resumes
Level 11: Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000)

Our final eight players are back in their seats and ready to go.

Connor Drinan – 857,000
David Peters – 734,000
Byron Kaverman – 607,000
Fabian Quoss – 442,000
Paul Newey – 363,000
Igor Kurganov – 352,000
Ben Tollerene – 335,000
Steve O’Dwyer – 310,000

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7:40pm: Scheduled break

Players have stepped away for another 15 minute break.

7:40pm: Newey check-raises river
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

Igor Kurganov brought it in for a raise to 24,000 from the button with 8♥7♠ and Paul Newey defended his big blind with K♠4♥.

The flop came down 2♣Q♣9♥ and both players checked before the 3♣ turn. It went check check again and the river 5♦ appeared. Newey checked and Kurganov had a stab for 30,000.

A crafty check-raise from Newey to 85,000 however, despite him having the best hand with king high, got Kurganov to give it up and Newey collected the pot.

7:35pm: Kurganov doubles up
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

The very next hand Fabian Quoss moved all in from the small blind to put maximum pressure on Igor Kurganov in the big. Kurganov took one look at his K♥Q♠ and quickly called and he was great shape to double up against Quoss’ Q♥6♥.

Things didn’t get better for Quoss when the board ran out Q♣2♠K♠J♥5♥ giving Kurganov two pair for the double up. He’s up to just over 400,000 with Quoss slipping to around the same amount.


7:30pm: Connor turns an ace
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

Connor Drinan raised from the hijack position to 30,000 with the A♠J♥. Fabian Quoss defended his big blind with 8♥8♦.

The flop landed 5♣K♦K♠ and Quoss was still in the lead with his pair. He checked it over to Drinan who nibbled for 25,000. Quoss called but the A♥ on the turn was not the card he wanted to see. Quoss checked to Drinan who bet 75,000 with his aces and kings. Quoss made the correct fold and Drinan took it down.

7:25pm: Peters takes some from Kaverman
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

Byron Kaverman raised the button to 27,000 with 6♠5♠ and David Peters called from the small blind with A♦10♥ and players went to a flop of 5♥J♠9♣.

The action went check check and the 8♠ arrived on the turn. Peters checked again, but Kaverman put in a delayed continuation bet to 52,000. After a call from Peters players saw the Q♥ river.

A final check from Peters saw Kaverman consider his options for a few moments before firing for 130,000. Peters snapped it off with a straight which was good to collect the pot.

That hand sees Kaverman dip to 600,000 in chips while Peters builds to 770,000.

7:10pm: No action for Newey
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

Ben Tollerene raised the cutoff to 28,000 with A♠5♣ and Paul Newey made the call on the button with 6♥6♣. Action then folded to Byron Kaverman who came along in the big blind with J♦8♥ as we were three ways to a flop of 6♠K♥7♠.

It was a great flop for Newey as he spiked his set but his two opponents whiffed the board completely. Action checked to Newey and he bet 68,000. Kaverman and Tollerene instantly folded as Newey received no action with his set.

7:05pm: Kaverman keeps up the momentum
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

Byron Kaverman just scored himself another nice pot after picking up pocket aces and clashing with David Peters.

Kaverman opened the action with a raise to 27,000 holding A♦A♥ before Peters put in another raise to 74,000 from the hijack with A♠10♥. After a smooth call from Kaverman the dealer fanned out the 9♣9♥4♠ flop.

Kaverman checked and Peters continued for a bet of 70,000 which was met with a call. The 2♠ turn prompted both players to check as was the same for the 10♠ river.

Kaverman’s aces held and he climbs to almost 1,000,000 for close to a quarter of the chips in play.

6:55pm: Quoss chips up
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

In a battle of the blinds, Steve O’Dwyer raised to 36,000 from the small blind with A♦5♣. Fabian Quoss, who has yet to make any impact on this final table, made the call in the big blind with K♠Q♠.

The flop landed 7♣J♦6♠ and O’Dwyer checked. Quoss bet 40,000 with the second-best hand and O’Dwyer gave the decision plenty of thought before letting it go.

6:50pm: Greenwood out the door
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

Sam Greenwood had just left us after losing a coinflip to Byron Kaverman.

Greenwood opened with a raise to 30,000 before Kaverman reraised to 78,000 from the small blind. After counting out his own stack Greenwood moved all in for his last 360,000 and was quickly called.

Greenwood: A♥Q♦
Kaverman: 10♠10♦

Greenwood found an ace on the A♠10♥9♠ but Kaverman had improved to a set of tens. Greenwood was drawing super thin and couldn’t catch running straight cards on the 4♣ turn and Q♥ river.

Greenwood departs in 9th place while Kaverman climbs back up to 760,000 in chips.

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6:40pm: Level up
Level 10: Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000)

6:35pm: Two pair for Tollerene
Level 9: Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000)

Ben Tollerene opened from the small blind with a raise to 25,000 holding a less-than-impressive J♣5♥. Paul Newey defended with the A♦3♦ in the big blind and both caught something on the 9♦J♦K♥ flop.

Tollerene took the lead with a pair of jacks and he checked. Newey had the nut flush draw but he decided to check behind. The turn was the 8♥ and again both players checked. The river was the 5♠ and Tollerene decided to bet 40,000 with his rivered two pair but Newey threw away his cards.

6:30pm: Kaverman turns the nuts
Level 9: Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000)

Byron Kaverman brought it in for a raise to 20,000 with A♦Q♥ and David Peters next to act called with 9♥9♣.

Kaverman checked on the Q♦5♦6♦ flop and Peters took the betting lead throwing 26,000 into the pot. Kaverman called and the K♦ arrived on the turn. Action went check check before the 10♠ rolled off on the river.

Kaverman went into the tank with the nuts and after a couple of minutes led for 50,000. Peters quickly threw his hand away and the pot was pushed Kaverman’s way.

6:20pm: Jacks for Newey
Level 9: Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000)

Holding the A♥8♠, Igor Kurganov opened with a raise to 20,000 from the hijack position and action passed to Paul Newey in the small blind. He looked down at J♠J♣ and decided to move all in for his last 213,000 chips.

Newey, the lone amateur player remaining, has been fairly quiet on this final table so far and Kurganov gave the raise respect as he quickly gave it up.

6:10pm: Greenwood doubles through Drinan
Level 9: Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000)

Recent shortstack Sam Greenwood just got a boost to his stack after scoring a double up through Connor Drinan.
Drinan opened the action with an early poition raise to 25,000 holding A♠J♠ before Greenwood moved all in from the small blind with A♥K♠ for his last 146,000. It was then on Ben Tollerene with the big blind who had a tough decision after waking up with J♥J♣. After a few moments in the tank Tollerene made a big laydown but Drinan called off the jam and the cards went on their backs.

Greenwood had Drinan dominated and was in a great position to double up. The K♦9♣3♠ was a welcome sight for Greenwood and he held through the 6♣ turn and 4♦ river to keep his tournament hopes alive.

6:00pm: Kurganov takes one from Peters
Level 9: Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000)

David Peters opened with a preflop raise with the A♥6♦ and Igor Kurganov was the lone caller in the big blind with a dominant A♦10♠.

The flop and turn were both checked to take us through to the river on a board of Q♥9♣K♦2♥10♣. Kurganov hit a pair but checked and Peters decided he needed to bet to win the pot. He tossed out 37,000 but Kurganov made a nice call with third pair to take it down.

5:55pm: Drinan chips up with aces
Level 9: Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000)

Paul Newey raised to 22,000 from the hijack with K♦J♣ before Connor Drinan bumped it up to 55,000 with A♠A♦ in the cutoff. It folded to Steve O’Dwyer in the big blind and he made the cold call with 10♥10♣ before Newey got out of the way.

The flop came 5♥J♥5♣ and the two players checked to see the 7♠ turn. O’Dwyer then opted to lead for 63,000 and Drinan made the call. The 3♣ river saw O’Dwyer bet again, this time for 140,000. Drinan tanked for several minutes, likely thinking about jamming for value, but ultimately just flat called and took the pot down with aces and fives.

5:35pm: Play resumes
Level 9: Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000)

Players are back to the action. Here’s how they stack up.

Steve O’Dwyer – 642,000
Fabian Quoss – 611,000
David Peters – 567,000
Connor Drinan – 523,000
Ben Tollerene – 414,000
Igor Kurganov – 390,000
Byron Kaverman – 369,000
Paul Newey – 284,000
Sam Greenwood – 200,000


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5:20pm: Break time

Our nine remaining players have stepped away from the table for their first 15-minute break. Coverage will resume shortly.

5:15pm: Free river good for Peters
Level 8: Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000)

Byron Kaverman opened with a raise to 18,000 holding K♣J♣ and David Peters made the call in position with 5♥5♦.

The flop was 2♠J♦10♠ which gave Kaverman top pair. He decided to check and Peters checked behind. The turn was the 9♦ and again both players checked.

The river brought the 5♣ which was a disastrous card for Kaverman as he allowed Peters to catch up for free. Kaverman decided at this point to make a bet for 35,000 but he was faced with a raise to 96,000 from Peters with his set of fives. Kaverman went deep into the tank for several minutes before finally splashing out a call.

Peters showed him the bad news and Kaverman gave a wry smile before tossing his cards into the muck. Kaverman slips to 370,000 with Peters now up to around 570,000.

5:05pm: Kurganov gets some back
Level 8: Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000)

After losing a chunk of chips on the previous hand, Igor Kurganov was able to claw some back on hand number two of the final table.

Byron Kaverman opened with a raise to 18,000 from late position with A♣9♠ and Kurganov defended his big blind with an adventurous J♣5♦.

Both players checked the 7♥2♦8♠ flop before Kurganov led out for 35,000 with his double-gutshot straight draw on the 9♥ turn. That card gave Kaverman top pair so he made the call, but Kurganov took over the lead when the J♦ appeared on the river to give him top pair.

Both players checked and Kurganov took it down.

5:00pm: Big pot pushed to Quoss
Level 8: Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000)

Fabian Quoss won the $100,000 Challenge this week and is priming himself to potentially win this $250,000 Challenge too after raking a sizable pot.

The action began with Igor Kurganov raising to 18,000 with K♦J♦ under the gun before Byron Kaverman called from the cutoff with 10♠10♣, David Peters called on the button with 2♠2♣ and Fabian Quoss came along from the big blind holding 9♠7♣.

The flop landed 9♦7♦9♥ and the action checked to Kaverman who led for 27,000. Quoss gave it considerable thought before raising it up to 100,000 and it was on Kurganov to act. Holding the king high flush draw but unknowingly drawing dead to everything except a running straight flush, Kurganov cold-called. Kaverman threw away his pocket tens and the A♥ appeared on the turn.

Quoss continued on the turn for a small bet relative to the pot for 100,000 but Kurganov made the right fold.

4:55pm: Play under way
Level 8: Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000)

We’re about to pick up our coverage from the final table with around twenty minutes left to play in this level. Steve O’Dwyer will take the chip lead intot he final table with 650,000 chips.

Final Table redraw

Seat 1: Igor Kurganov – 450,000
Seat 2: Sam Greenwood – 175,000
Seat 3: Ben Tollerene – 426,000
Seat 4: Paul Newey – 288,000
Seat 5: Connor Drinan – 547,000
Seat 6: Byron Kaverman – 585,000
Seat 7: David Peters – 454,000
Seat 8: Steve O’Dwyer – 650,000
Seat 9: Fabian Quoss – 425,000

Prize pool information

Only the top three players will finish in the money in this tournament with the payouts as follows:

1st $1,960,000
2nd $1,176,000
3rd $784,000

4:15pm: Break to feature table

With the elimination of Brian Rast, the players are now breaking the two tables to redraw for seats on the feature table which will be nine handed.

With the action shifting solely to the feature table, we’ll now be continuing on a 30-minute delay in order to sync with the live stream on RunItUp.TV. #nospoilers

4:10pm: Rast removed by Kurganov
Level 8: Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000)

Brian Rast was all in and at risk preflop against Igor Kurganov.

Rast: A♠9♦
Kurganov: J♥10♥

Rast had the best of it until the 2♦3♣10♣ flop left him chasing an ace.

The 8♥ turn and 7♥ couldn’t help him and he exited the tournament in 10th place.

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3:50pm: Lucky ducks for Greenwood
Level 8: Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000)

Sam Greenwood has been battling with his short stack for most of the day so far, but he’s just found a double up to get a little bit of breathing room.

Ben Tollerene opened with a raise from the cutoff position to 18,000 before Greenwood moved all in for 84,000 in total in the small blind. Action folded back to Tollerene who instantly called and tabled Q♥J♥ to be racing with Greenwood’s 2♠2♦.

The flop hit both players when it landed 2♥Q♠7♣ but Greenwood’s set gave him a stranglehold on the pot. The 4♣ turn sealed the deal before the meaningless 10♠ hit the river.

Greenwood is now up to around 190,000 with Tollerene back to 650,000.

3:35pm: Level up
Level 8: Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000)

3:30pm: Timex tank-calls himself to the rail
Level 7: Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000)

We arrived on the river to see Mike McDonald had made a bet and Igor Kurganov had raised for enough to cover the Canadian’s stack.

The board read 9♥3♦J♠4♦K♠ and McDonald had a decision for his tournament life. He was in the tank with K♥Q♥ for a rivered top pair, and after a few moments he called it off.

“I’ve got a set” announced Kurganov tabling 9♠9♣ and McDonald was out of his seat and leaving the tournament area.

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3:25pm: Tollerene building
Level 7: Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000)

David Peters was chip leader a few minutes ago but such are the swings in this tournament, he’s now well back in the pack after losing a big pot against Ben Tollerene.

Tollerene opened with a raise from the cutoff to 15,000 before Peters three-bet the button to 42,000. Action folded back to Tollerene who made the call and they saw a flop of 2♣7♥10♦.

Tollerene checked and then called the bet of 37,000 from Peters before both players checked the 5♠ turn. The river was a repeat 5♥ and Tollerene splashed out a healthy bet of 125,000. Peters was quick to make the call but mucked when Tollerene showed 10♠10♥ for a full house!

Tollerene is now into the chip lead with 740,000 with Peters back down to 355,000.

3:20pm: Greenwood doubles
Level 7: Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000)

After making a big river laydown against Ben Tollerene, Sam Greenwood has recovered those chips and then a few more with a big double up on the very next hand.

It started with Connor Drinan raising to 15,000 from under the gun. David Peters called on the button before Greenwood moved all in from the small blind for 119,000 in total. Drinan folded but Peters gave it some thought and then made a gambling call with 5♣5♥. He was hoping to be racing but Greenwood tabled a strong Q♣Q♦.

The board ran out 3♦A♣K♠A♦2♠ to see Greenwood double up to around 275,000 with Peters still in good shape with around 600,000.

3:10pm: Ivey gone
Level 7: Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000)

The comeback of Phil Ivey was short-lived.

After defending from the big blind with 8♠6♠, Ivey check-raised all in on a flop of 2♥2♠5♠ with his flush draw. His opponent was Ben Tollerene, runner-up in the $100,000 Challenge. Tollerene had bet the flop for 15,000 and then made the call for a total of 89,000 with his A♠5♦ top pair, top kicker.

Ivey was looking for spades, a six or and eight to stay alive but the 3♥ turn and Q♥ river completed the board. Ivey is out as Tollerene continues his good form in Melbourne as he climbs to over 400,000 chips.

3:00pm: Fedor Holz exits
Level 7: Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000)

Fedor Holz has been on a massive heater of late but he couldn’t make much of his time in this $250,000 Challenge. He was the first eliminated yesterday and after a re-entry, the German has busted first again here today.

It was back to back hands that would see Holz’s demise.

The first saw Phil Ivey rise to 13,000 from the hijack seat, Holz call on the button and David Peters defend from the big blind. The flop landed 7♥10♣J♣ and it checked to Holz who made it 16,000 to go. Peters was the only caller and the Q♠ arrived on the turn.

Peters checked again before Holz continued for 28,000, only to face a check-raise from Peters to 80,000 in chips. Holz took his time but did commit to a call before players went to the 2♦ river. It was then that Peters moved all in for 240,000, only just covered by Holz, sending the latter into the tank.

A couple of minutes passed but Holz threw the chips in for a call only to see he had been coolered for most of his stack. Peters showed 9♦8♠ for a flopped straight ahead of the Q♥J♦ top two pair of Holz.

The hand left Holz with only 17,000 which he got all in from the cutoff in the very next hand. Sam Greenwood called to put him at risk from the big blind and the cards went on their backs.

Holz: K♥9♦
Greenwood: Q♦7♠

Holz got it in good but the Q♠6♣7♦5♠10♦ runout saw Greenwood hit two pair to send Holz packing.

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2:55pm: Ivey triples
Level 7: Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000)

If there’s anyone who can recover from six big blinds in the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge, it’s Phil Ivey. The man that everyone fears most, and the winner of this event three of the last four years, Ivey is now a force again after tripling up his short stack.

Ivey was blinded down to just 36,000 when he moved all in from the cutoff. Connor Drinan flat-called on the button before Fedor Holz raised from the small blind to isolate the all-in player. It worked as Drinan got out of the way.

Ivey tabled Q♣J♣ but would need to improve against Holz’s A♣K♠.

The flop was 4♥7♣6♣ and Ivey picked up a flush draw which then connected on the 4♣ turn. Ivey wouldn’t want to see any more clubs with Holz holding the ace, but the river bricked the 3♦.

Ivey is now back up to around 120,000 and has a pulse once again in this tournament.


2:50pm: Turn jam from O’Dwyer
Level 7: Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000)

Mike McDonald opened to 15,000 on the button and Steve O’Dwyer defended his big blind.

On the 9♠4♣7♠ flop O’Dwyer check-called 18,000 before the dealer turned the 10♦.

O’Dwyer checked again and McDonald continued for 40,000. After eyeing McDonald’s stack and contemplating his decision, O’Dwyer moved all in.

McDonald waited a few moments but opted to throw his hand away.

2:35pm: Cards in the air
Level 7: Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000)

The cards are now in the air on Day 2 of the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge.

The LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge set to crown a champion!

The final day of the 2016 Aussie Millions will bring the conclusion of the largest buy-in tournament of the series – the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge.

Yesterday saw 15 entrants in this event and a short day of just six levels would reduce that to just 12 players. GPI Player of the Year Bryon Kaverman leads the way with Fedor Holz close behind, although Holz did have to fire a second bullet into the prize pool to make it this far. Steve O’Dwyer, Brian Rast, $100k Challenge champion Fabian Quoss and the immortal Phil Ivey are also still in the field, although Ivey has some work to do to win his pet event as he enters today as the short stack.

We have word that there has been one late entry today with Mike “Timex” McDonald jumping in with a fresh stack of 250,000. Blinds will kick off at 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000-chip ante.

We’ll be providing live updates throughout the day, with live streaming hosted by Jason Somerville over on RunItUp.TV. Stay tuned!


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