‘Anonymous’ Malaysian Michael Lim lifts Aussie Millions 100K ANTON Challenge and $735,490

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‘Anonymous’ Malaysian Michael Lim lifts Aussie Millions 100K ANTON Challenge and $735,490
06 Feb

Sam Greenwood’s part-moaning, part-pleading paid off in the $100K ANTON Challenge at the Aussie Millions yesterday when 19 players ponied up the huge buy-in – but it was Michael Lim rather than Greenwood himself who walked off with the lion’s share of the spoils, a $735,490 payday for the somewhat mysterious Malaysian player.

When the $50K version of the high-roller ANTON Challenge only drew four entries, Canadian Greenwood hit out at the ‘cowardly and predatory’ German high-stakes ‘vultures’ who he claimed were “milling around the tournament room, waiting to see if a High Roller 'gets good'" – an attack the German contingent were quick to respond to.

One week on and the $100K saw another delayed start. Greenwood again registered and seated early, but he soon had company, with the German sextet of Fedor Holz, Dietrich Fast, runner-up in the $50K Jan-Eric Schwippert, Christian Christner, Claas Segebrecht and Manig Loeser producing more than a third of the field’s eventual 19 runners, all chasing a huge chunk of the overall Aussie Millions mega-millions…

The furious pace of the day 1 action saw Holz bow out despite firing two big $100K bullets, with Greenwood and half of the Germans also hitting the rails, although Schwippert’s second bullet worked well enough to make the final seven coming back for day two – that number raised to nine when Holz decided $200K wasn’t enough for a weekend’s spending and fired another bullet, with Aussie David Steicke giving it a shot as well!

With neither of the ‘newbies’ lasting long the battle royale saw the chiplead change numerous times, Mustafa Kanit having bludgeoned his way to the lead the previous evening, England’s Jack Salter unable to withstand the pace and Christian Christner eventually bubbling the money in 4th.

Kanit was the first of the three cashers to stumble, his ace rag dominated by Loeser and we were heads-up, Malaysia’s Michael Lim having survived some turbulent times to stake his claim for the biggest title of the series… and he just wouldn’t or couldn’t be stopped… the fitting finale seeing Loeser’s top and bottom pair all-in against the flush draw, Lim hitting on the turn and surviving the river to scoop the AUD931,000 (US$735,490) top prize.

…and if you are wondering just who Michael Lim is… so are we! Rest assured, we’re on it and you can expect a revealing of the anonymous and camera-shy high-roller soon!

Final table results

1Michael Lim
2Manig Loeser
3Mustapha Kanit

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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