Tournament poker week in review: Aussies and the WSOPC

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 30, 2012 Posted in Tournament News | No Comments »

The Aussie Millions is officially over, and the big winners were Dan Smith (who captured the $100k Challenge title, Phil Ivey (who not only won the $250k Challenge tournament but also finished 12th in the Aussie Millions main Event), and Australian poker pro Oliver Speidel (who captured the Aussie Millions Main Event crown).

Ivey won the biggest prize of the tournament series in an event that featured the smallest field (just 16 players registered for the $250k buy-in tournament) pocketing a cool $2 million, while Speidel won $1.6 million for his Main Event victory –becoming the fourth straight Australian to win the Aussie Millions Main Event in the process.

But there was more going on in the poker world than just the Aussie Millions, so here is a look at some of the tournament reports and results you may have missed as you followed Phil Ivey’s progress at the Aussie Millions:

The Million Dollar Heater

Last week we reported that Jonathan Little had won the $1k preliminary event at the Million Dollar Heater tournament series in Biloxi, Mississippi; this week another well-known player made some headlines in the Main Event of the Million Dollar Heater tournament series, a $5,000 NLHE event with a $1 million guarantee, as former November Niner John Dolan bested a tough final table that also included Matt Stout and Ryan Welch to pocket the $226k prize.

Dolan was the 6th place finisher at the 2010 WSOP Main Event, where he earned more than $1.7 million. The $336k payday for winning the Million Dollar Heater was the second largest of his career.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the 2012 Million Dollar Heater Main Event:

1. John Dolan — $336,105

2. Glenn Poole — $185,367

3. Kirill Kruglov — $101,850

4. Mark Rose — $81,480

5. Ryan Welch — $61,110

6. Matt Stout — $50,925

7. Daniel Clemente — $40,740

8. Habib Jahangard — $30,555

9. Mark Flowers — $20,730

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World Series of Poker Circuit Series at Caesar’s Palace

The WSOPC Caesar’s Palace Main Event is heading into Day 3 today, and the final 15 players (from the starting field of 662 players) are set to battle it out for the title. Leading the way is WSOP bracelet winner Sean Getzwiller, with Dutch Boyd and Jeff Madsen also still in the hunt for the nearly $200k in prize-money that will go to the winner of the tournament.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip counts heading into the final day of the tournament:

1. Sean Getzwiller — 1,400,000

2. Nicholas Wilbur — 1,340,000

3. Dutch Boyd — 1,250,000

4. Igor Grinevski — 1,107,000

5. Joseph Gray — 930,000

6. Jeff Fielder — 835,000

7. Ian Mack — 808,000

8. Joe Kuether — 755,000

9. Jeff Madsen — 750,000

10. Kevin Calenzo — 710,000

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