Sam Trickett Leads Aussie Millions 100k Challenge as Final Table Set

Posted at 04:10 2011-01-23

Sam Trickett looks set to continue the English domination of Australian events so far this summer, as the 24 year old Englishman holds the lead in the $100,000 buyin event at the Aussie Millions. With just eight players left in the highest buyin on the championship schedule, Trickett has 961,000 chips of the roughly 3.8 million chips in play.

The Australian fight back though is being led by one of Australia’s most accomplished high stakes tournament players in the form of David Steicke. The eccentric star has 622,000 and is locked in a tight battle with Full Tilt Poker Pro Erik Seidel and fellow Australian James ‘Andy_McLEOD’ Obst who are both hovering around half a million in chips. Another Australian star Jeff Lisandro is fifth, while David Benyamine, Tony Bloom and Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson round out the final eight.

In all 38 players came to the felt, smashing the record field of 24 set for the event at the 2010 Aussie Millions. On that occasion Dan Shak triumphed for $1.2 million in prize money, the winner this year will earn $1,525,000. Six of the remaining eight players will be paid, with the minimum cash being $150,000.

The day started out with an hour delay to ensure that every player that wanted to enter could get in the game and then the players sat down to duke it out over 10 hours of play. Australia’s WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem would be one of the first players to be eliminated on the day and in quick succession he would be joined by Wang Qiang, Erik Cajelais, and Full Tilt Pros Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Andy Bloch.

Also disappearing throughout the day would be Brendon Rubie, Japanese High Stakes player Masa Kagawa, Justin Smith, Tony G, Howard Lederer, John Juanda, Gus Hansen, Daniel Cates, Jonathan Karamalikis, Sorel Mizzi, Jay Kinkade, Tom Dwan among the grind of eliminations that worked the field down to the final eight.

Sam Trickett would almost be a wire to wire leader, chipping up early and moving over the one million chip mark before dropping back to finish in the high six figures. He will looking to finish off the job tomorrow but will have to overcome a stiff challenge from many of his more experienced final table colleagues. The man in second is a previous winner of this event, with David Steicke taking down the championship back in 2009.

The final table will start at 2pm AEDT and will be a day of high drama with two players set to miss out on the money, while others will have the opportunity to pick up what many would consider life changing amounts of money. If you can’t be in Melbourne to rail all Aussie Millions action live in the Crown Poker Room, the live updates on PokerNews are the next best place to be – with several of PokerNetwork’s own bloggers teaming up with the PokerNews crew to bring you all of the action as it happens.  

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Sam Trickett has the lead in the Aussie Millions 100k challenge Sam Trickett has the lead in the Aussie Millions 100k challenge

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