Aussie Millions Round Up: Here Comes The Main Event

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Aussie Millions round up sees Brian Payne and Reza Vakili taking down side events, the $25k getting down to serious business, and the Main Event kicking of in earnest.

The Crown Casino in Melbourne has a more heavyweight feel about it as the A$25,000 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Challenge, and the A$10,600 Main Event, have seen cards and chips sliding across the table.

Aussie Millions Round Up: Here Comes The Main EventThe A$25k event attracted 65-players – more than double the attendance in 2013 – and at the time of writing there are 8-players remaining in contention for the A$460,000 first-prize.

All eight of those players are guaranteed at least A$55,000 after an all-German clash saw Max Altergott sending the short-stacked Benny Spindler to the rail in 9th place.

The current chip leader is Jason Mercier with 504k but just look at this array of talented players.

1st. Jason Mercier – 504k

2nd. Max Altergott – 500k

3rd. Martin Jacobson – 492k

4th. Scott Seiver – 430k

5th. Tobias Reinkemeier – 376k

6th. Dan Shak – 376k

7th. Dan Smith – 334k

8th. Marvin Rettenmaier – 153k

Other notables who busted before the money was reached included Ole Schemion, Fabian Quoss, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Joe Hachem, Tony Bloom and cricket legend Shane Warne.

David Malka Leads Day 1A of the Main Event

175-players turned up for the first of two starting flights in the most prestigious poker tournament held in the Southern Hemisphere, and the American David Malka tops the final 86-players with 205,400 chips.

Other notables through to the second day of action include Antonio Fazzolari (190,500), Edison Nguyen (133,900), Guillaume Rivet (125,000), Jake Balsiger (110,400), Tom Grigg (110,000), Casey Kastle (93,000), and last year’s runner-up Joseph Cabret (75,900).

Players who took a nosedive include Jackie Glazier, Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Jeff Lisandro, and Matthew Ashton.

Brian Payne Takes Down Event #6

Brian Payne has taken the first prize in Event #6: A$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Accumulator. It was the Aussies biggest win of his career, and his second Aussie Millions side event final table, after finishing sixth in the A$1,650 NLHE Bounty Event back in 2010.

The field attracted 599 entrants and Liv Boeree continued her good run of form with a 13th place finish; the reigning Aussie Million champion Mervin Chan finished 18th.

Payne cut a three-way deal with Michael Kanaan (3rd) and Sam Khouiss (2nd) that saw Payne taking home the first prize of A$115,000.

Final Table Results

1st: Brian Payne – $115,000**

2nd: Sam Khouiss – $85,000**

3rd: Michael Kanaan – $75,000*

4th: Louis Salter – $41,400

5th: Shivan Abdine – $31,525

6th: Paul Sharbanee – $25,100

7th: Sam Vakili – $20,600

8th: Kevin Sharp – $16,100

9th: Andreas Lodemel – $13,400

* Denotes a three-handed deal

Reza Vakili Takes Down Event #6

Reza Vakili proves once again that blood is thicker than flops, turns and rivers, as he becomes the second Vakili to win an Aussie Millions championship ring after reigning supreme in Event #7: A$1,650 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Bounties.

Vakili, who took $85,500 after beating Craig Duffy in heads up action, joins his brother as an Aussie Millions side event champion after his sibling Sam Vakili won the A$1,100 Pot- Limit Omaha (PLO) event in 2013.

Final Table Payouts

1st: Reza Vakili – $85,500

2nd: Craig Duffy – $57,500

3rd: Dean Blatt – $36,000

4th: Derek Wolters – $28,500

5th: John Tsagaris – $22,500

6th: Jordan Tentori – $18,000

7th: Christopher Colanari – $14,000

8th: Celina Lin – $10,500


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