Phil Ivey lands biggest cash of career so far
Phil Ivey busts out of Aussie Millions Main Event...but wins the Aussie Millions Super High Roller
|by The Suited Connector||January, 28th 2012||
Above: Phil Ivey has won the Aussie Millions Super High Roller 2012
Phil Ivey busted out of the Aussie Millions 2012 Main Event in 12th place today - then went and won the $250,000 Super High Roller.
The 35-year-old, who picked up $100,000 earlier in the day, pocketed an astonishing $2,000,000 after beating Patrik Antonius ($1,200,000) heads up.
Gus Hansen picked up $800,000 for finishing 3rd.
Ivey was just ahead of Antonius when heads up began, but ground the Finn down and held a 7:1 chip lead by the time his rival pushed with K♠, 3♦ 11 hours after the tourney began.
Ivey made the call from the button with A♥,Q♦ but was behind until the Q♣ landed on fourth street to bring him the title and the sackful of cash.
The Aussie Millions was the former Full Tilt pro's first major event since the APPT Macau in November - and he was clearly delighted with the biggest live cash of his career.
He said: "I got close in the Main Event. Luckily I got knocked out in time to play this.
"It’s nice to be playing poker again. I took some time off, just came back to Macau, started playing and this is one of my first
tournaments back so it’s nice to get back to winning.”
The eight-time WSOP bracelet winner beat a field of 15 players, including bubble victim Daniel Negreanu and infamous Macau businessmen Paul Phua, Nick Wong and Richard Yong to the title.
Last year's champion Erik Seidel could only finish a disappointing 12th.