The action continues at the Aussie Millions with Belgium picking up back-to-back wins after Michael Gathy wins the AUD 2,500 8-Game Mixed a day after Bart Lybaert’s triumph.
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It’s the first time that Gathy has won a non-Hold’em event with his previous five victories all coming while riding the Cadillac of Poker, including three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, and his last win, a side event victory at the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau in February 2018.
Gathy won his first WSOP wristband (as Google translate from French to English called it) in 2012 in a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event beating 2,799-entrants to win the $440,829 first prize. The following year he did it again this time in a 1,629-entrant $1,000 Turbo event for $278,613. In 2016, he beat 541-entrants to win the $560,843 first prize in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed competition.
Coming into the final day of action, Gathy, and the likes of Richard Ashby, Daniel Ospina and Justin Liberto were all playing catchup to the gazelle-like Benny Glaser, himself a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, but the man from the UK fell four places from home.
It was a relatively tame looking final table with Glaser and Gathy the standout names, although Timothy Marsters finished in the same spot as he did in Event #2 AUD 2,500 H.O.R.S.E, and last year’s H.O.R.S.E winner, Sal Ribbera, placed sixth.
Gathy, wearing Joseph’s Technicoloured Dreamcoat, defeated Oliver Gill in heads-up action to bank the $42,185 first prize, his best score since bubbling the final table of the AUD 25,000 Challenge in last year’s event.
Here are the final table results:
Final Table Results
1. Michael Gathy – $42,185
2. Oliver Gill – $28,627
3. Timothy Marsters – $18,832
4. David Munday – $13,936
5. Benny Glaser – $10,170
6. Sal Ribbera – $8,287
7. Dale Townsend – $6,779
8. Dean Francis – $6,779
Three other flights of fancy that went deeper than a dove in a top hat were Daniel Ospina (9th), Justin Liberto (10th) and Richard Ashby (11th).