Aussie Millions Update: Oppenheim Takes Down Shootout Invitational
Posted at 15:23 2011-01-22
The first week of the 2011 Aussie Millions is in the bag and already six Aussie Millions gold rings have been awarded, while a $250,000 win was pocketed last night by Full Tilt Pro David Oppenheim.
In the made-for-TV $25,000 Full Tilt Shootout Invitational, Oppenheim overcame a star-studded field that included Australians Jonathan Karamalikis, Billy “The Croc” Argyros and Van Marcus. Unfortunately none of the Aussies could cash as Eli Elezra (6th - $30,000), Patrik Antonius (5th - $40,000), Barny Boatman (4th - $50,000), Howard Lederer (3rd - $80,000) and James Bord (2nd - $150,000) pocketed the minor placings. Keep an eye out for this one on TV in the near future!
Meanwhile down in the Crown Poker Room there was plenty of activity as the Aussie Millions schedule heats up with multiple events running each day.
Earlier in the week, Martin Drewe and Jarred Solomon picked up the first titles of the championships, while Sean Dunwoodie continued his impressive form from 2010 with a huge win in Event #3: $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha for a $37,750 score. Dunwoodie overcame a tough final table that included Harry Demetriou, Michael Guttman and WSOP bracelet winner Mel Judah.
The fourth Aussie Millions gold ring headed overseas as Denmark’s Soren Blanner won the $1,100 No Limit Holdem Shootout, with young Aussies Ben Delaney, Dean Nyberg and Daniel Neilson all finishing in the cash.
The white-hot Neilson, who ended 2010 as the PokerNetwork Player of the Year, has continued to dominate as he followed up that performance with another huge run in Event #6: $1,100 No Limit Holdem Six-Handed event. He’d have to be content with second place however, as Tim O’Shea led from coast-to-coast on the final day to claim the win and $81,370 in prize money.
In between those two events was another win for the internationals, in the form of well-known pro and WSOP bracelet winner Richard Ashby. His mixed game prowess is second-to-none, and he proved that with a dominant display in Event #5: $1,100 8-Game Mixed event. It’s Ashby’s sixth Aussie Millions final table, which includes a seventh-place finish in the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event.
With players slogging it out all week on the felt, it was time for a little R&R away from the tables as Full Tilt Poker spoiled their pros and qualifiers with golf and wine tasting days. Fortunately PokerNetwork’s Lynn Gilmartin was there to capture all the action, and sample a few wines, all in the name of investigative journalism...
Today, the final table of Event #7: $1,150 No Limit Holdem with Rebuys kicks off with Randy Dortman leading a lineup which features Oliver Speidel, JP Kelly and Andrew Scarf. While the focus of many will be on the big boys as they compete in the much-anticipated $100,000 Challenge!
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David Oppenheim claimed victory in the Full Tilt $25,000 Shootout Invitational
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