By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
As the 2011 Aussie Millions began, there were rumors that a $250,000 event was in the works for the high rollers in attendence. Depending on who you talked to, it was going to be a heads up event or an 8-game tournament. Finally the tournament organizers opted for a single table No Limit Hold’em tournament.
But once the tournament was announced, the sharks came out to play, and the tournament started with 20 players at two full tables. The structure was set up to run fairly quick to accommodate a few of the players flight schedules.
Full Tilt Poker was well represented with Team Full Tilt Pros Phil Ivey, John Juanda, David Benyamine, and Tom Dwan in the field. Other notable young players included Annette Obrestad and Andrew Feldman.
When the dust settled though, it was the latest inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame who was left standing. Erik Seidel topped the field in the tournament with it the highest buy-in poker history. For his victory, Seidel pocketed a cool $2.5 million. Sam Trickett walked away with $1.4 million as the runner-up to Seidel, and David Benyamine came in third and earned $1.1 million.
Seidel finished fourth in the 2011 PCA high roller event, and third in the 2011 Aussie Millions $100k Challenge. Along with his earnings in the $250k event, he’s amassed nearly $3.5 million in winnings in the month of January alone. Seidel’s hot January has moved him up to third place on the all-time money list, behind Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey.
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