Asia Player of the Year Yosuke Sekiya Wins Event #4 of the Aussie Millions

Posted at 21:31 2013-01-24 by Matthew Pitt

Yosuke Sekiya has added to his already glowing reputation by winning the fourth event of the 2013 Aussie Millions – the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha tournament.

There were 206 player who bought into the split-format event, a tournament that saw the games alternate between no limit Hold’em and pot limit Omaha each level. Of these 206 entrants, just 20 made it through to the money places. These 20 were whittled down to the final table of nine, and they lined up as follows:

1Yosuke Sekiya320,000
2Mike Ivin180,500
3Nicholas Nicolaou117,000
4Sam Higgs585,000
5Joseph Cristallo320,000
6George McDonald337,000
7Seanglee Ang80,500
8Justin Bradshaw65,500
9Bernard Samuel109,000

The final table started with blinds of 6,000/12,000 and the game played was pot limit Omaha. Within minutes Bernard Samuel was eliminated by Joseph Cristallo. The chips went into the middle with Samuel holding {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} against Cristallo’s {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades}. The {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}{9-Spades} flop gifted Cristallo a set but Samuel still had plenty of outs. The {5-Clubs} was no help to either player and the {6-Spades} completed Cristallo’s flush and busted out Samuel.

Aces were on show again shortly afterwards when Nick Nicolaou – making his second final table in a week – committed his stack with {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{7-Spades} and was looked up by the {K-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{j-Hearts}{9-Hearts} of Sekita. The board ran out {7-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{5-Clubs} to improve Sekiya’s hand to a straight and the final table was down to seven players.

The Omaha round claimed another victim in the shape of Seanglee Ang. {J-Hearts}{j-Spades}{2-Spades}{3-Hearts} was the hand Ang moved all-in with and Cristallo called with {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}. Neither player improved as the board ran out void of drama, and Ang headed out of the Crown Poker tournament area.

The play then switched to no limit Hold’em and the blinds increased to 8,000/16,000/2,000a. The switch in play saw another player busted from the off. From the button, George McDonald open-shoved for around 225,000 chips with {K-Hearts}{10-Spades} and was snapped off by Sekiya in the big blind, who held the {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}. By the river the board read {6-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{8-Spades} and McDonald was eliminated.

Justin Bradshaw became the fifth place finisher when he ran into an overpair that was in the hand of Sekiya. The action folded to Bradshaw in the small blind and he attempted to pick up the blinds and antes by moving all-in with his pair of red sixes. Unfortunately for Bradshaw, Sekiya had been dealt a pair of jacks and made a rather simple call. The board ran out king-high and Sekiya became the new chip leader.

The change of games really saw the players up the ante and push on for victory, which goes some way to explaining the slew of eliminations. Next to head to the cashier’s cage was Mike Ivin, who may have got his chips in with {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} against the {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} of Sam Higgs, but the poker gods were not on Ivin’s side as the community cards fell {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} to improve Higgs to a diamond flush and send Ivin to the sidelines.

Soon after, the play switched back to PLO and it did not take long for heads-up to be reached. Falling in third place was Cristallo who found himself all-in and at risk of elimination on a {5-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{2-Spades} flop. Cristallo had the best hand, {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} but he needed to fade the spade flush because Sekiya had the {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{4-Spades} in his hand. The dealer put the turn card into view, the {9-Spades} and it was all over for Cristallo. The {6-Hearts} on the river completed the hand and heads-up was set.

Sekiya started with a 1,280,000 to 785,000 chip advantage over Higgs, and this was extended further in the first few hands. Higgs managed to claw his way back into contention, first with the aid of a straight flush then by turning a full-house, but when play reverted to no limit Hold’em Sekiya pushed his advantage home.

Higgs was very short stacked by the time the final hand took place so he must have been delighted to see Sekiya open-shove on him with {Q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. He would have been delighted because Higgs had a dominating {A-Clubs}{j-Hearts} in his hand and looked on course for a much needed double up. However, it never arrived because the final board ran out {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Diamonds} to gift Sekiya a straight and the title of Event #4 champion.

1Yosuke Sekiya$41,200
2Sam Higgs$28,840
3Joe Cristallo$20,600
4Mike Ivin$17,510
5Justin Bradshaw$15,450
6George McDonald$13,390
7Seanglee Ang$11,300
8Nick Nicolaou$9,270
9Bernard Samuel$7,210

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