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Erik Siedel Wins World’s Largest Buy-In Poker Tournament

The 2011 Aussie Millions series generated a huge buzz earlier this week with the announcement that it would be running the world’s first $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller tournament.

Of course, there are not many players – professional or otherwise – who are bankrolled to put up such a hefty wedge for one tournament, but fortunately all of those who are were already in Australia for the series.

Amazingly, although tournament directors only anticipated there being eight runners for the event, no fewer than 20 of poker’s heavyweights turned up for tournament, with Full Tilt pros and super-rich businessmen all among the starting field.

With poker luminaries like Phil Ivey, Annette Obrestad, Erik Siedel and Chris Ferguson all ponying up the cash, it was a daunting couple of tables when play commenced, but if there’s one name in poker who had the requisite form behind them to overcome such a stellar field it was UK pro Sam Trickett.

Having already won the $100,000 NLHE event, the Nottingham-born player was looking unbeatable when the event commenced and continued his good run of form to make it to the heads-up stage against Siedel. Unfortunately for Trickett, that’s where his luck ran out and he ultimately had to settle for a second place prize of $1,384,631.

Siedel, meanwhile, picked up a cool $2,472,555 for the win – his biggest cash in a career spanning 23 years – and David Benyamine rounded out the three pay-out spots after picking up $1,087,924 for finishing third.
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