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   Tuesday, June 25 2024 
Aussie Millions 2012: Dan Smith as champion of the $ 100,000 Challenge

Dan Smith signed the biggest win of his career in the poker room of Crown Casino in Melbourne. Indeed, he won the title of Challenge tournament of $ 100,000 buy-in, which brought together a field of 22 participants including top players. Known in the world of online poker for his exploits in high-stakes tournaments and because of his participation for years in cash game tournaments, Dan Smith aka "KingDan23" had just pocketed a gain of AUD $ 1,012,000 thanks to this performance. The player was ranked at third position while it remained only eight players in contention. Gus Hansen held the position of chipleader during the final day. With this advantage, the Danes managed to eliminate Nam Lee in the eighth place and Sam Trickett in the seventh place. However, the chipleader was forced to abadon after an attack of Mikhail Smirnov who also discarded Sorel Mizzi.

After the departure of Gus Hansen as the bubble boy, Tony G has also been eliminated and bagged the fourth prize of $ 242,000. The local player Joe Hachem was eliminated in the third place, however, but pocketing the sum of $ 330,000. Smith and Smirnov met in the final duel. Despite his quality in poker game that let him earn a 15 th place at the $ 25,000 Heads-Up Championship of the World Series of Poker 2011, Smirnov failed to oust Dan Smith. So he settled for the second place with a reward of $ 616,000.

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