Michael Guttman Wins Event #3 of the 20013 Aussie Millions

Posted at 21:50 2013-01-23 by Matthew Pitt

Event #3 of the 2013 Aussie Millions has been written into the history books and if you take it upon yourself to check those famous books you will discover the winner of the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout was Michael Guttman.

There were 210 entries to the third event of this fabulous poker festival and 21 of those were paid out. The payout places were decided at the end of Day 1 due to the unique format of shootout events. For those of you not familiar with shootout tournaments let us explain, briefly, what they entail.

Shooutout tournaments are essentially a series of single table tournaments, sit ‘n’ goes or whatever you prefer to call them. Players need to win their table in order to progress to the next round. In this particular event, players needed to win three sit ‘n’ go tournaments to be crowned champion. And this is exactly what Guttman did.

Some of the players who won their respective tables but did not progress to the final table included Michael Kanaan, British pro Richard Ashby and the online phenom Stevan “random.chu” Chew. Once Michael O’Grady had been eliminated in 10th place a re-draw was made and the final table lined up as shown:

1Mark Malecha12,825
2Shane Foglietta29,975
3David Heskin17,500
4Daniel DiPasquale8,575
5Michael Guttman19,250
6Phillip Siddell29,500
7Frank Tripodi10,075
8Peter Longmore41,275
9Peter Evans42,500

The difference in chip stack sizes is caused by the fact the penultimate round of games saw the 21 in-the-money players battle it out on three tables of seven players, with the top three players from each table progressing to the nine-handed final table.

David Heskin was the first player to be sent to the rail, his {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds} no match for the pocket jacks of Peter Evans. That hand cemented Evans as the tournament’s chip leader.

Shortly after Heskin’s demise, Frank Tripodi was eliminated at the hands of Guttman. Tripodi committed his stack with {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} and it looked like he would pick up the blinds and antes. That was until Guttman woke up, in the big blind, with {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}! Tripodi picked up a straight draw and flush draw on the turn of a {10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{j-Clubs} board, but the {3-Spades} was a complete brick and Tripodi was eliminated.

Seven became six when the aforementioned Evans lost a coinflip to that man Guttman. Evans moved all-in for just under 10 big blinds with pocket fours and Guttman looked him up with what turned out to be {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}. The {A-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop propelled Guttman into the lead, the {A-Clubs} turn pushed him even further in front and the full house completing {J-Hearts} was the final insult for Evans.

Sixth place went to Mark Malecha, who moved in for just 11,000 chips (blinds 1,200/2,400/200a) with {Q-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and was called by Shane Foglietta in the big blind who was holding {j-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. Malecha paired his queen on the {3-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop. The {9-Hearts} turn caused some gasps in the crowd as it gifted Foglietta a straight draw, which came in as the {8-Spades} fell on the river. Poker can be a cruel game at times!

Peter Longmore was the next player to feel the wrath of Guttman to bust out in fifth place. Longmore’s chips found their way into the middle of the felt with a more than respectable {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}, but he was in bad shape against the dominating {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} of his opponent. Guttman paired his ace on the turn to leave Longmore drawing dead.

Plenty of ladies were on show as Daniel DiPasquale headed for the exits. DiPasquale held {Q-Hearts}{10-Clubs} in his final hand of the tournament and was unfortunate to run into the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} of the in-form Guttman. Neither player improved by the river, Guttman’s queens held and DiPasquale was busted out.

Guttman’s one-man wrecking spree continued with the scalp of Phillip Siddell. Guttman opened to 5,500, Siddell moved all-in and Guttman called the additional 25,200 chips. Guttman opened up {A-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and was behind to the {j-Hearts}{j-Spades} of Siddell. The {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop did not help Guttman, but the {A-Clubs} on the turn certainly did. The {7-Clubs} river completed the hand and sent the tournament into the heads-up stages.

Going into heads-up Guttman held a 120,000 to 90,000 chip lead over Foglietta and with blinds of 1,500/3,000/300a there was still enough room to play some poker. However, the tournament was completed after just one hand of one-on-one play! The duo got their stacks into the middle on a {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{2-Spades} board, Foglietta holding {k-Hearts}{9-Clubs} but being crushed by the {Q-Diamonds}{3-Spades} of Guttman. The {K-Diamonds} landed on the river but it was too little too late for Foglietta as Guttman’s trip queens had won him the title of Event #3 champion!

2013 Aussie Million Event #3 Final Table Results

1Michael Guttman$44,100
2Shane Foglietta$29,400
3Phillip Siddell$23,100
4Daniel DiPasquale$16,800
5Peter Longmore$14,700
6Mark Malecha$12,600
7Peter Evans$10,500
8Frank Tripodi$8,400
9David Heskin$6,300

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