Sam Vakili Takes Down the $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha Event
Posted at 09:00 2013-01-23 by Matthew Pitt
The 2013 Aussie Millions switched from two to four hole cards in Event #2 as 233 players descended on the Crown Poker Room for the $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. One man who will remember the tournament fondly is Sam Vakili who bested the eight-handed final table to walk away with an Aussie Millions gold ring and $53,600 in prize money.
Vakili started the final table as the chip leader, his 857,000 stack being the home to 85 big blinds when the tournament was un-paused. Here is how Event #2’s final table began.
Minh Hau Nguyen
Giovanni “John” Messina
Khac Trung Tran
The first player to be knocked out was Graeme Putt, but it was hardly surprising when one considers he started the day with just two big blinds. He got his chips in with and was called by Vakili and John Messina, who then both checked down the board. Messina won the pot with and the final table lost its first player.
Following Putt to the sidelines was Minh Nguyen, who ran into the in-form Vakili. The chips went into the middle on a flop, but we will never know what Nguyen held because he tossed his hand into the muck when he saw Vakili had flopped a full house with his .
Next to be eliminated was Vadim Pinsky in sixth place, followed by Simon Thwaites in fifth. Along with $22,125 in prize money, Nick Nicolaou also took home a bad beat story to tell all and sundry about. He got his chips in as a favourite against Messina on a flop but had his aces cracked when Messina caught an unlikely gutshot straight on the river.
The eliminations continued with the exit of Trung Tran in third place, meaning heads-up had been reached in less than 50-minutes’ play! A pretty standard PLO hand chopped Tran down, Vakili flopping top set on a board, and Tran being more than prepared to get his stack into the middle after flopping middle set with a diamond flush redraw. Tran failed to hit any of his outs and heads-up was set.
The chip counts at the start of play were quite even; Vakili held a 1,300,000 to 1,025,000 advantage over Messina. Vakili initially started to slide as Messina ran extremely well, but Vakili never lost his patience and stuck to the task in hand. Eventually, his small-ball approach started to pay dividends and he emerged as a worth champion.
The final hand saw Vakili limp on the button and then call when Messina raised to 64,000. The pair shared a flop, and messina lead out for 100,000 – around half of his stack at this point. Vakili called. The turn prompted Messina to check, but Vakili did not check behind, instead he bet 125,000and Messina called off the rest of his stack.
Messina’s aces were in front but Vakili had a plethora of outs he could hit, once such out was the that landed on the river to complete his flush. With that, Messina became the second place finisher and Vakili won the 2013 Aussie Million Event #2.
2013 Aussie Millions Event #2 Final Table Results
This win is the latest in a long line of impressive Aussie Million results for Vakili. In 2010 he finished 10th in the $1,000 Opening Event, then in 2011 finished in 17th place in the $1,000 Shootout and 9th in the $1,000 Hold’em/Omaha mix. Finally,at last year’s Aussie Million he came fourth in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up event.
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