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Event #12: $100,000 Challenge

Event Info

Buy-in 98,000 AUD
Prize Pool 4,018,000 AUD
Players 41

Level Info

Level 19
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 5,000



Hands 7-10: Greenwood and Tollerene Chop It Up

Webjoker • Level 16: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Hand #7: Jason Mercier on the button with {A-Spades}{9-Spades} opened and took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #8: Fabian Quoss in the small blind limped in. Ben Tollerene in the big blind checked his option. They took a flop of {5-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{J-Spades} and Quoss checked. Tollerene, having his hand shown as {5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, bet 25,000 into the 55,000 pot. Quoss made the call. The {4-Hearts} on the turn saw Quoss check call another 60,000. The {K-Clubs} on the river had both players checked. Quoss showed {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and took it down with the flopped full house!

Hand #9: Action folded to Ben Tollerene in the small blind and he raised to 60,000 with {J-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. Connor Drinan in the big blind folded.

Hand #10: Sam Greenwood shoved all in under the gun for 388,000 to play his first hand of the day. Ben Tollerene on the button asked for a count and, with just a few seconds left to act, shoved all in.

Ben Tollerene: {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}
Sam Greenwood: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}

The flop came {5-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and Sam needed some more hearts to double. The {A-Hearts} on the turn was a good card, but the {2-Diamonds} on the river didn't complete Greenwood's flush and the two of them chopped the pot.

Ben Tollerene us
Ben Tollerene
us 1,490,000 -32,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 415,000 -43,000

Tags: Ben TollereneConnor DrinanJason MercierFabian QuossSam Greenwood

Fedor Holz Eliminated in 6th Place (AU$281,260)

Chad_Holloway • Level 16: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Fedor Holz - 6th Place
Fedor Holz - 6th Place

Hand #6: Connor Drinan shoved all in from the button and Fedor Holz hit the tank on the button before calling off for 172,000. Both blinds folded and the cards were turned up.

Drinan: {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}
Holz: {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}

The {2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop was no help to Holz, who became a 3-1 dog. The {A-Spades} turn was a blank, and so was the {9-Spades} river.

Holz was in the tournament for three bullets, meaning he actually lost money in this tournament.

Connor Drinan us
Connor Drinan
us 665,000 200,000
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de Busted

Tags: Connor DrinanFedor Holz

Hands #2-5: A Holz Shove, Walk for Mericer & More

Chad_Holloway • Level 16: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Hand #2: Fabian Quoss limped the small blind with the {a-Diamonds}{5-Spades} and Ben Tollerene checked his option from the big with the {6-Spades}{4-Hearts}. Both players checked, the dealer burned and turned the {A-Spades}, and Quoss tossed out a bet. Tollerene quickly folded.

Hand #3: Fedor Holz moved all in for 163,000 under the gun holding the {a-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and won the blinds and antes.

Hand #4: Action folded to Connor Drinan in the small blind and he raised to 185,000 to put the pressure on Holz, who folded from the big.

Hand #5: Jason Mercier received a walk in the big blind.

Tags: Ben TollereneConnor DrinanFabian QuossFedor Holz

Hand 1: Quoss Doubles Through Drinan

Webjoker • Level 16: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Hand #1: Connor Drinan raised from the hijack with {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} to 40,000. Action folded to Fabian Quoss in the big blind and he three-bet to 110,000 with {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}. Drinan shoved all in and Quoss instantly made the call.

The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and in the first hand of the finale, Drinan doubled Quoss.

Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
de 984,000 506,000
Connor Drinan us
Connor Drinan
us 465,000 -478,000

Tags: Connor DrinanFabian Quoss


Seat 1: Connor Drinan (943,000)

Connor Drinan
Connor Drinan

Second place in the chip counts to start the final day of the 2016 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge belongs to Connor Drinan. Despite boasting an impressive pile of live tournament results totaling nearly $7.65 million in winnings, Drinan's biggest poker moment — or at least the one he's most recognized for — would be when he lost with his own pocket aces to the pocket aces of Cary Katz in the $1 million Big One for One Drop at the 2014 World Series of Poker.

Although that would be a huge hit to take, Drinan has done just fine for himself in the time since. One of the results he's posted recently was a third-place finish in the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria in Las Vegas for $3.225 million. Another recent score saw him finish runner-up to Steve O'Dwyer in the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $50,000 Single-Day High Roller for $870,625.

Drinan is from Illinois and will enter the day with 943,000 in chips.

Tags: Cary KatzConnor DrinanSteve O'Dwyer

Seat 2: Fedor Holz (192,000)

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz

The shortest stack returning to the final day in the 2016 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge is Fedor Holz. He's also the youngest player of the bunch and will bring 192,000 in chips to play.

Holz got his first big breakout when he won the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event on PokerStars for $1.3 million playing as "CrownUpGuy." That name seems quite fitting as Holz is in the money and looking to make a big splash if he can run it up in this event at Crown Melbourne.

After that big win online padded Holz's bankroll and helped put his face on the map, Holz took to the live tournament scene. He's since all but taken over the poker world, amassing over $7.35 million in live tournament earnings in a short period. Most recently, Holz win the World Poker Tour Alpha8 $100,000 Super High Roller at Bellagio in Las Vegas for nearly $1.6 million in December. He followed that victory up with another huge win, this time for more than $3.46 million, in the Triton Super High Roller Series $200,000 Cali Cup at WPT Philippines in January.

Holz also booked a deep run in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing 25th for $262,574 and getting a ton of air time on ESPN thanks to his recent success and highly-aggressive play.

Tags: Fedor Holz

Seat 3: Jason Mercier (508,000)

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Another man who needs little introduction is Jason Mercier. A member of Team PokerStars Pro, a European Poker Tour champion, and a three-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner, Mercier is in the argument for best poker player in the world right now. He boasts nearly $16 million in live tournament earnings and has three different seven-figure results.

Mercier's first live cash on record came in 2008, and it was a massive one that ignited his career. He won EPT Sanremo for €869,000 ($1.373 million) and hasn't looked back since. In the three years to follow, Mercier earned a million dollars or more in each, and prior to 2016 he's only had one year — 2012 — when he hasn't surpassed seven figures in live cashes. His best year was 2014 when he won nearly $3.7 million.

A resident of Florida, Mercier is making his third cash in an Aussie Millions event and will enter the final day with 508,000 in chips.

Tags: Jason Mercier

Seat 4: Sam Greenwood (458,000)

Sam Greenwood
Sam Greenwood

Sam Greenwood's run to the final six of the 2016 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge comes in a timely manner, as it takes place in the first month of the new year following the one that saw him truly break out with more than $2 million in earnings and several top results.

Prior to 2015, Greenwood boasted career live tournament earnings just north of $500,000. Last year saw him land scores of $396,920, $318,977, and $632,905, among others, and one of those was a World Series of Poker bracelet win in Las Vegas. That golden win was in a $1,000 no-limit hold'em event with 1,951 entrants.

All told, Greenwood had seven six-figure scores last year and many cashes from big buy-in events.

While he has been around for a few years now, Greenwood has always seemed to be in the shadows of his brother, Max. This final table appearance, when combined with the impressive string of results he put together in 2015, has really vaulted him into the spotlight.

Tags: Sam Greenwood