Day 4 of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event would be the ultimate test in determining the contenders from the pretenders.
Survive the day and a final table berth beckoned and a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime $2 million dollar payday.
Fall at the penultimate hurdle and be consumed with thoughts of what might have been.
At the start of the day, 18 players entered the Crown Casino led by a previous world number one online player in Chris Moorman. He was closely followed by Full Tilt Pro Mark Vos, who caught up with PokerNetwork’s Lynn Gilmartin for a chat before play...
However the day didn’t quite go to plan for the Aussie as a couple of big hands went against him, including his set running into Jeff Rossiter’s flush, and he was incredibly bundled out as the first elimination of the day. $70,000 would please most people but we’re guessing it was not the big score Vos was hoping for.
Tobias Reinkemeier lost a race with Patrik Antonius to be eliminated in 17th place, and he was soon followed by popular Aussies Cliff Lee and Manny Stavropoulos who both ran into monster pairs.
Tyler Bonkowski departed in 14th place when he ran his into Randy Dorfman’s dominant as the American started to surge back into contention.
Sorel Mizzi was looking for back-to-back Aussie Millions final tables and looked to be well on his way when ace-jack paid off for him twice. He first rived an ace to pair up and eliminate Eli Heath’s pocket nines in 13th place, before David Menz couldn’t produce something special with his as Mizzi’s ace-jack held again to remove Menz in 12th.
It was then Chris Moorman’s turn to go on a mini-run as he eliminated Shane Sigsbee in 11th place, followed by PokerNews strategy expert Randy Lew in 10th when Lew’s failed to improve against Moorman’s pocket tens.
A huge battle of the titans, saw Sorel Mizzi lose a huge chuck of change when he called down Patrik Antonius on a board of . Mizzi would later regret the call as Antonius opened an unlikely for two pair.
That was the beginning of the end for Mizzi as soon after he was eliminated in a cruel river blow. The chips were in on a board of with Michael Ryan going with but he’d run into the of Mizzi. Only needing to fade an ace or an eight for a huge double, Mizzi watched in horror as the dealer revealed the to see him eliminated in 9th place for $130,000 and painfully close to back-to-back final tables.
With eight players remaining and deep stacks in hand, the players would continue into the evening for several more hours. So deep were the players in fact, that at one stage it was reported that Jeff Rossiter was on the short stack with a very comfortable 78 big blinds. It was all very even, with Australian David Gorr out in front with 145 big blinds.
A dinner break didn’t break the deadlock with Chris Moorman doubling up on multiple occasions to stave of elimination.
In the end, play was halted for the evening with the eight remaining players returning on Saturday at 12:30pm to play it out for the 2011 Aussie Millions title. Late in the day Randy Dorfman picked up a defining pot as his flush was too good for Patrik Antonius’ straight and David Gorr’s set to claim the end of day chip advantage.
Main Event Chip Counts
Randy Dorfman - 3,895,000
James Keys - 2,395,000
David Gorr - 2,370,000
Samad Razavi - 1,360,000
Patrik Antonius - 1,300,000
Jeff Rossiter - 1,235,000
Michael Ryan - 960,000
Chris Moorman - 955,000
In other events from around the Crown Poker Room, Full Tilt Poker’s Andy Bloch picked up an Aussie Millions gold ring in the $10,500 8-Game Mixed Event, while the $2,200 Six-Handed event is down to the final 18 players including Tony Dunst, Daniel Laidlaw, Kosta Veroxis, Andrew Jeffreys, Billy Argyros, Leo Boxell and Ben Delaney.
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