On the Box: 2010 Aussie Millions Episode 4

Posted at 17:14 2010-11-25

The 2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship television coverage is underway and PokerNetwork will be front and centre to bring you all the action from start to finish. So, whether you want to relive all the highlights, or need to catch up after missing an episode, be sure to watch out for our recap every week!

24 players ponied up $100,000 of the Australian variety in this year's Aussie Millions High Roller challenge and now we're down the final table of eight. No mucking about ladies and gentlemen, let's wrap this episode up!

Seat 1: Bill Jordanou (Australia) – 195,000
Seat 2: Phil Ivey (USA) – 328,000
Seat 3: Tony Bloom (UK) – 227,000
Seat 4: Jonathan Karamalikis (Australia) – 508,000
Seat 5: Howard Lederer (USA) – 141,000
Seat 6: Dan Shak (USA) – 453,000
Seat 7: Tony G (Australia) – 200,000
Seat 8: Barry Greenstein (USA) – 388,000

Last week, Japan's Masa Kagawa fell to Phil Ivey as this year's final table “bubble boy”, but the real story was developing on the outer table, where Australian online young gun Jonathan xMONSTERxDONGx Karamalikis scored the biggest pot of the tournament, going on to take the chip lead into this final table.

In all, three Aussies made it to the final table, with Tony G and Billy Jordanou in the mix with Karamalikis, while Tony Bloom was the sole representative for the "old enemy". They were up against a formidable Yankee force, led by Dan Shak who was second in chips overall, followed by Phil Ivey and Barry Greenstein, with Howard Lederer the short stack.

THE BIG STORY: Karamalikis Crumbles
Jonathan Karamalikis was out for more than just money. Coming off fresh from his win in the $1,650 Bounty Event, he had all eyes for the title and at the same time, prove that he could mix it with the crème de la crème of the International poker scene.

There was certainly no doubting his courage and aggression against his opponents, but it ultimately led to his undoing. In the fourth hand of the episode, Dan Shak came out with a raise from under the gun to 36,000 holding {Ac}{Qc} with Karamalikis making the call with {Ah}{Qh}  in the big blind.  He checked on a flop of {3d}{2h}{5c} and Shak led out for 75,000, only to see Karamalikis check-raise all-in for 260,000. Shak called all-in for 254,000.  A very sweaty {Jc} was produced on the turn as Shak picked up a flush draw, but to the local gallery's relief, a repeat {Jd} came down on the river to chop it up. Shak then managed to double through Karamalikis three hands later when he got his money in good with {8d}{8c} against Karamalikis' {Ad}{2c} when the board was spread {Kc}{Qs}{6c}{2s}{Jd}.

In the hand after that, Phil Ivey raised to 40,000 from the button with {Ah}{Ts} before Karamalikis called from the big blind with {Jd}{9d}. Karamalikis checked on the flop of {9s}{Th}{2c}, Ivey opened for 50,000 and Karamalikis called before check-raising all-in for 295,000 on the turn of the {4s}.  Ivey called with top pair and the dealer completed the board with the river {6h} to leave a clearly stunned Karamalikis with just 21,000 in chips.  He moved them into the middle preflop in the next hand from the small blind holding {As}{Tc} after Tony G raised from under the gun with {7s}{7c}.

Shak called from the big blind with {9h}{9d}, then shoved for 196,000 on the flop of {6d}{4h}{3d}. Tony G went deep into the tank, throwing in a time extension button in the process, but eventually let the clock run out which killed his hand. Shak improved to two pair on the turn of the {4d}, which held when the {5d} bricked out on the river. And just like that, Karamalikis was eliminated in seventh place.

Apart from Karamalikis' dramatic departure, there were three more eliminations in this week's episode. Howard Lederer was the first to go after he ran his {Ah}{Tc} into Tony G's {As}{Ac}. Tony G remained unusually quiet throughout the episode, but he was all smiles when the board ran out {6c}{Qd}{Td}{7s}{3h}, sending Lederer to the rail in eighth place.

Barry Greenstein was the third casualty of the episode, but also claimed the dubious title of bubble boy after moving the last of his money into the middle from under the gun with {Qc}{Td}, only to see Tony Bloom wake up with {Kh}{Kd} on the button. Bloom iso-raised, forcing the blinds out of the way and Greenstein failed to improve on the board of {8s}{4c}{6h}{2d}{3h}.

The final hand of the night saw Tony G eliminated in fifth place when he found himself flipping for his tournament life with {Td}{Th} against Dan Shak's {As}{Kd}, but Shak caught two pair on the flop of {Kc}{5d}{Ah}. Tony G pedalled out on his bike after the turn and river bricked out {Jc}, {3h}, but should be able to invest in a better set of wheels with the return of his $100,000 buy-in.

So that leaves us with just four players – Dan Shak, Phil Ivey, Billy Jordanou and Tony Bloom. Who will be king of Nosebleed Mountain? Be sure to find out in next week's episode!



Time (AEDST)

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With only four players remaining, make sure you tune in next Tuesday, November 30 at 9.30pm AEDST for the exciting conclusion to the 2010 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge! Don’t forget that satellites to the 2011 Aussie Millions are running right now – download Full Tilt Poker and win your seat today!

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