Chan Upends Antonius, Wins 2013 Aussie Millions

Mervin Chan
Mervin Chan

Malaysian Mervin Chan crippled Patrik Antonius and then went on to win Crown's 2013 Aussie Millions for AUD$1.6 million on Sunday.

The final table was originally scheduled to play out on Saturday but Antonius, Chan and Joseph Cabret had to return to Crown Casino on Sunday thanks to a marathon session on Saturday that only saw four eliminations in 15 hours.

The extra day proved to be a short one, as Chan needed less than two hours to cripple Antonius and then bust Cabret to win the event.

“I’m just speechless,” said Chan after winning. “I can’t believe it. This was my first major tournament.”

Patrik Antonius Has to Settle for Third Place

Antonius’ magnificent run in the 2013 Aussie Millions came to an end thanks to a huge hand against Chan.

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius busted third.
 

Chan opened for 325,000 from the button and Antonius, who was the short stack, shoved for nearly five million from the small blind with ace-four.

Unfortunately for Antonius, Chan called with pocket jacks. The board bricked and Antonius found himself left with about one big blind.

Antonius busted on the next hand in a three-way pot against Chan and Cabret. The IveyPoker pro picked up $600,000 for his efforts in contest but will likely look back at the tournament as a missed opportunity.

“I was a bit intimidated by him,” Chan admitted. “It was a dream to play against him in the Aussie Millions though.”

Heads-up only lasted a few hands as Chan turned trip eights with 8 6 against Cabret who had a flush draw with A 3. Cabret moved all-in and Chan snap-called.

Cabret had to settle for $1 million while Chan took down $1.6 million, a new Chrysler 300C, a $40k LK jewelry bracelet and the Aussie Millions trophy.

It seemed a distant memory but Jay Tan, David Yan, Jarrod Glennon and Dan Shak all busted on the first day of the Aussie Millions final table.

Here’s a look at how the final table payouts ended up after the two-day final table (all dollars in AUD):

  • 1. Mervin Chan - $1,600,000
  • 2. Joseph Cabret - $1,000,000
  • 3. Patrik Antonius - $600,000
  • 4. Dan Shak - $400,000
  • 5. Jarrod Glennon - $290,000
  • 6. David Yan - $220,000
  • 7. Jay Tan - $150,000
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Jonny Downes 2013-02-04 14:03:31

Better luck next time Paddy! Kudos to the winner, but I was really hoping Antonius would take this down, the guy should have far more 1st place finishes than he does on his resume, but I guess that's all part of variance and tourney poker.