APPT9 Aussie Millions: Now you see me, now you don't
The $100,000 Challenge has just kicked off in the custom-built TV studio in the new Exhibition Hall of Crown Melbourne. After a few days break, the final eight players have returned to play it out for the top prize of $1.87 million and of course the Aussie Millions gold ring.
However the final table of the $100k Challenge started like no final table we've ever seen before.
On just the second hand of the final table, Scott Seiver and Ole Schemion played out a hand on a flop of K♣2♦3♣. Seiver had raised preflop and made a continuation bet with Schemion check-raising to take it down.
Nothing out of the ordinary on the table, but away from it, the studio audience had inadvertently caught a little too much information. The television monitors that were streaming the final table to the audience also displayed graphics that accidentally showed the player's hole cards for all to see in real time.
"Your hole cards were just broadcast on the screen!" shouted an audience member following the hand.
"Are you serious?" responded an irate Seiver.
Indeed it was true. Pocket nines for Seiver and king-four for Schemion.
The players were obviously not happy and the final table was paused to quickly rectify the situation. With some reassurance that it wouldn't happen again, the players got back down to business.
It was an interesting way to start such a big final table and certainly has a few of the players a little heated which is not ideal when you are playing for such huge amounts of prize money.
A short time ago, the final table had already lost its first player in Alex Trevallion.
The young Aussie has had a mighty week on the felt, with a victory in the $25k Challenge and then a deep run in the Main Event. He was short-stacked entering the final table of the $100k Challenge, and couldn't jag a double up - his T♣8♣ failing to improve against Richard Yong's A♦7♠.
Yong is the big mover so far as he's up into second chip position, narrowly trailing Ole Schemion. The short stacks are Dani Stern and Scott Seiver who still looks like he's still steaming from the earlier tension.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.