After the frenzied action of Day 3 where two Championship Rings were awarded, Day 4 was a much more subdued affair with 102 players hitting the Crown Poker Room for Event #3: $1,100 Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
It was a small but high quality field that featured a mix of Australian talent and a sprinkling of international flare as some of the big names of poker start to descend on Melbourne. The field was headlined by the 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion, Alexander Kostritsyn and the runner-up in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, Ivan Demidov.
Demidov was an early leader before falling away, while Kostritsyn fared a little better, sitting with the chip leaders for long periods of the day before being eliminated after the dinner break.
The cream of the old schoolers were prominent with the likes of Tony G, Sam Khouiss, Mick Stanton, Billy Argyros, David Gorr and Mel Judah all performing well.
The slow progress of the tournament, and the nature of the split variation, meant that the final table wasn’t set until 1am and there was still a long night ahead. Rainer Quel had led the tournament for most of the day, and carried the lead into a quality final table lineup.
As the short stacks dropped away, it was left to Rainer Quel and Mel Judah to battle it out for over three hours in an epic heads-up battle. As the sun rose it was Australian Hall of Fame Inductee, Mel Judah who eventually got the upper hand to capture the Aussie Millions Gold Championship Ring and $30,600 in prize money.
Final Table Results:
1st Mel Judah - $30,600
2nd Rainer Quel - $21,420
3rd Jeffrey Duvall - $14,280
4th Derek Raymond - $10,170
5th Danny Mountt - $8,160
6th Billy 'The Croc' Argyros - $6,120
7th Mark Furniss - $4,590
8th Michael Guzzardi - $3,570
9th Mick Stanton - $2,550
Tomorrow the action is again of the limit variety with Event #4: $1,100 Limit Hold’em kicking off at 12:30pm. Stay tuned to PokerNetwork for all your Aussie Millions updates!
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