$25,000 Challenge kicks off at 2018 Aussie Millions

75 players generated 114 entries so far, meaning the winner will take home A$738,720.

Seven events have already ended in Crown Casino, Melbourne. The first four events saw two Australian, an Austrian and a Kiwi capturing titles.

Bas de Laat

The A$1,150 No Limit Holdem – Mix Max event kicked off on Monday. 285 players tried their luck in the unique tournament and 35 of them made the money. Bas de Laat from the Netherlands was the last man standing. Bas took down the event and the A$72,155($57,658) first place prize, which is his biggest score yet.

Place  Country Player Prize
1st Netherlands Bas de Laat A$72,155($57,658)
2nd Australia Adam Agresta A$47,475($37,936)
3rd Belgium Michael Gathy A$23,740($18,970)
4th Belgium Terry Schumacher A$23,740($18,970)
5th Japan Yu Kurita A$9,860($7,878)
6th New Caledonia Alexander Rodriguez A$9,860($7,878)
7th Australia Lachlan Dykes A$9,860($7,878)
8th Australia Yibo Song A$9,860($7,878)
Chance Kornuth

Other than the A$1,150 Opening Event the A$1,150 NLHE Six-max tournament was the biggest one in terms of the number of participants. This event attracted 598 players, who all tried their best to win the trophy. It looks like this time seasoned pro, Chance Kornuth tried the hardest, as he managed to spike the first place after beating Christopher Soyza in the heads up. Chance pocketed A$134,850($107,925) for his efforts, while Soyza earned A$84,280($67,452).

Place  Country Name Prize
1st United States Chance Kornuth A$134,850 $107,925
2nd Malaysia Christopher Soyza A$84,280 $67,452
3rd Australia Panayotis Flourentzoo A$52,100 $41,697
4th Slovenia Casey Kastle A$39,230 $31,397
5th New Zealand Paul Hockin A$26,975 $21,589
6th United States Scott Sanders A$21,455 $17,171
7th Australia Human Ghanbarinojehdeh A$17,470 $13,982
8th England David Stonehouse A$14,710 $11,773
8th Australia Yibo Song A$9,860 $7,878

Richard Ashby

It’s well known that mixed-game players a different kind of animal in the poker scene. They aren’t only outstanding in NL Hold’em but have extreme talent at almost every format of poker. The prestigious A$2,500 8 Game Mixed event was a great way for them to show their skills. 71 players took the opportunity and this time it was the long-time pro, Richard Ashby from England, who won the final hand, to become the champion. Richard walked away with the ANTON ring and the A$52,720($42,104).

Place Country Player Prize
1st England Richard Ashby A$52,720 $42,104
2nd Italy Walter Treccarichi A$33,545 $26,790
3rd United States Samuel Panzica II A$22,365 $17,861
4th Brazil Felipe Ramos A$17,570 $14,032
5th England Benny Glaser A$12,780 $10,207
6th Germany Thomas Scholze A$11,185 $8,933
7th Germany Tobias Hausen A$9,585 $7,655
7th Australia Lachlan Dykes A$9,860 $7,878
8th Australia Yibo Song A$9,860 $7,878
Kitty Kuo

The $25,000 Challenge started today. As expected, the creme of the poker world showed up to play with the likes of German prodigy, Fedor Holz, Italian crusher Mustapha Kanit or WSOP Main Event winner, Martin Jacobson of Sweden.

However, not all of them survived Day 1. The field reduced to 19 with Kitty Kuo from Taiwan as the chip leader. Having a commanding lead over currently 2nd Mustapha Kanit, Kitty has great chances to increase her life tournament earnings of $1,4 million.

Other notable players still in are Jack Salter of UK’s who’s waiting Day 2 with the 6th biggest chip stack and Ben Lamb, at 15th position. We’re pretty sure they’ll bring their A-game back to the tables tomorrow, in order to win the A$738,720 first place prize.

Stay tuned for the updates.

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