Aussie Millions Opening Event Reaches Final Table; Rupert Elder Leads

Posted at 08:00 2013-01-21 by Matthew Pitt

The record-breaking opening event of the 2013 Aussie Millons has reached its final table after the 144 players who returned to the Crown Casino yesterday afternoon were whittled down to just 10. British pro Rupert Elder will start the final table as the chip leader.

Elder is one of two former European Poker Tour champions still in the competition, the other being German pro Martin Finger. Elder will start the day with 3,214,000 chips; almost twice the amount of his nearest rival, Ashley Warner, who has 1,884,000 chips. A seasoned pro despite his young age, Elder will be the first to admit he has run well in this tournament when it has mattered. On his way to the final table, Elder eliminated former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Hachem with {9-Spades}{6-Spades} when the flop came down {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, then sent James Bills to the rail when he found aces to call Bills’ shove, which he made with kings.

Also on the final table is the winner of the 2012 edition of this event, Brendon Rubie. It is a remarkable achievement to reach back-to-back final tables in such a well-attended event, but words will not be enough to describe how amazing it would be if Rubie actually won back-to-back events!

The final day’s play begins at 14:00 local time and will continue until the 2013 Aussie Millions Opening Event crowns it champion. Each of the 10 players who have made it this far will sit down safe in the knowledge that they have locked up $13,500 but also that one of them will be leaving Melbourne with a $250,000 score on their poker resumé.

1Ashley Warner1,884,000
2Phillip Libeau1,408,000
3Brendon Rubie1,524,000
4Ted Nguyen681,000
5Rupert Elder3,412,000
6Dusan Stoevski916,000
7Nali Kaselias668,000
8Fabian Craib616,000
9Marwan Nassif849,000
10Martin Finger1,450,000

Running alongside the opening event yesterday was the 6th Annual Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Event. Over $300,000 was raised for The Shane Warne Foundation, a charity that helps underprivileged children. Before the charity tournament, PokerNews' Lynn Gilmartin spoke to a number of players who were due to play in the event.

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