Andrew Robl Wins Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

The first Day 1 flight at the Aussie Millions Main Event began on Sunday, but while the biggest poker tournament in Australia is just getting underway, the big news in the Crown Casino is all about one of the signature events of this series: the $100,000 Challenge. This was one of the original super high-roller events in international poker, and is still one of the most prestigious.
As usual, the tournament drew a very strong field of 21 players. The first player eliminated was Andrew Robl, but he stayed into the tournament thanks to the reentry format, putting up another $100,000 in order to give himself a second chance at the top prize. That meant there were a total of 22 entries, which was enough to bring the total prize pool to $2,167,000 – including a cool million for the eventual winner.
After the first day of play, seven players remained to contest the final table and battle for the four money spots. There were several big names remaining in contention, including Dan Shak, Vanessa Selbst, and Robl – who had rode his second entry to the final table, albeit as a short stack. Masa Kagawa, a regular in high stakes tournaments who had previously cashed in the 2007 version of this event, came into the final table as the chip leader.
Two of the shorter stacks – Tobias Reinkenmeier and Selbst – were quickly eliminated in order to set up the bubble. At this point, Niklas Heinecker was clearly the favourite to be eliminated on the bubble, as he has a very short stack. Sure even, just a few hands later he had been eliminated, guaranteeing all of the remaining players at least $237,000 in prize money.
Dan Shak would go out in 4th to win that amount, while Kagawa would be eliminated in third place to take home a prize of $320,000. That left Robl and Igor Kurganov in a heads-up battle for the million dollar prize. Amazingly, after having been eliminated and forced to rebuy just to go deep in the tournament, Robl – who had eliminated Kagawa and Shak personally – now held around 90% of the chips in play. While Kurganov battled bravely, the chip lead proved to be too much, allowing Robl to win the title. Kurganov won $610,000 for his runner up finish.
Robl’s big win is the largest of his career, a significant milestone for a player who has already won six-figure prizes on several occasions. His career prize money is now well over $3 million

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