Aussie Millions Main Event...And Then There Were 8!

Posted at 14:33 2010-01-30

What started out as 746 people vying for the title of 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion has now been whittled down to just 8. Only one table remains. Each player can see who stands between them, a $2 million dollar pay day and a place in Australian poker history.

Day four started out with just 18 players as it took around 7 hours to reach our final table. With a few Aussies left in the field there was plenty of attention surrounding the tournament. Would we see an Australian player winning for the second year in a row?

The dismissal of South Australian Pierre Aoukar in 18th place was the first blow to our chances. He got the severely dominated {qh}{jh} all in against the {as}{js} of Stephen Shelly on a board of {jc}{4s}{3s} and never improved. Things then got a little uglier at Crown Casino with the elimination of Jessica Dawley in 17th place. It was an elimination that would have upset both television producers and hopeful sponsors, but with any luck we will see Ms Dawley deep at another major poker tournament in the not too distant future.

PokerNetwork regular Joel Dodds started the day on a relatively short stack and he needed to double up early if he was to have any chance of making it to the final table. Things started well when he eliminated Fouad Chaptini in 16th place and he then doubled up when he won a race against Sorel Mizzi to double up to well over 1 million chips and be back in the hunt. However it was a short-lived revival and following the elimination of Elliot Smith in 15th place, Dodds fell in 14th place. It turned out Mizzi would have the last laugh in their encounter when he got {kd}{qc} all in against the {Td}{Ts} of Dodds on a {Th}{9d}{jd} flop. Nothing came to save Dodds and as he exited the arena, Mizzi was crowned our new chip leader.

At this point play seemed to slow down quite significantly with no more eliminations taking place for a couple of hours until Jurgen Wenigweiser was eliminated in 13th place. At this point we reached the final two tables and the prize money increased from $75,000 to $100,000 which the rest of the players eliminated during the day would receive. It seemed that this was a figure that local favourite Steve “The Big Show” Topakas was happy with as he ran out of lives to be eliminated in 12th place.

Dan Shak was our 11th place finisher and Jens Kerper went out in 10th meaning that we were just one player away from our final table. Who would it be that had played for 4 days to come within just one place of reach the final battle? It turns out that we only had to wait another half an hour to find out and sadly it was the man who started the day as our chip leader, Kosmas Dratsas, who would be our final table bubble!

So we have just eight players left. Eight, lucky, blessed individuals who will be vying for a sweet, sweet $2,000,000 in cold hard cash! Let’s take a look at who is left, their stack sizes and their seating positions on the final table.

Seat 1: Sorel Mizzi - 6,033,000
Seat 2: Stephen Shelley - 991,000
Seat 3: Annette Obrestad - 1,349,000
Seat 4: Tyron Krost - 1,869,000
Seat 5: Frederik Jensen - 1,754,000
Seat 6: Kosta Varoxis - 635,000
Seat 7: Peter Jetten - 1,700,000
Seat 8: Steven Friedlander - 694,000

Sorel Mizzi and Annette Obrestad would have to be our final table favourites but as we have seen so often in poker anybody can win it from here. There are only two places that you can catch the action, either in person at Studio 3 in Melbourne’s Crown Casino or if like me you prefer to follow from the comfort of your own home, then follow all the coverage from the PokerNews Live Reporting Team.

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Sorel Mizzi holds a commanding chip lead entering the Aussie Millions Main Event final table Sorel Mizzi holds a commanding chip lead entering the Aussie Millions Main Event final table

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