The Crown Casino in Melbourne doesn’t have a roller coaster like the casinos in Las Vegas but on Day 5 of the Aussie Millions Main Event Bjorn Li road one anyways.Li went from the short stack with eight players remaining to the chip leader heading into Sundays seven-handed final table.
Li finished the penultimate day with 4,775,000, enough to put him clear ahead of the other six players still in contention for the $1.6 million first place prize.
The player closest to Li is Oliver Speidel who finished with 3,415,000. Speidel is making his third final table appearance at the 2012 Aussie Millions. He already has a second and sixth place finish under his belt. Speidel also won the Manny Pacquiao World Poker Event in December for just over $50,000.
The short stack is the controversial Mohamad Kowssarie. The Swedish poker pro has been the subject of numerous accusations of cheating in online poker games in recent years. He finished with 1,750,000.
The final table bubble boy was WSOP bracelet winner Dan Idema. Idema, who has more lifetime earnings than the seven final tablists combined, was eliminated by Li when his A Q was unable to beat Li’s A K after all the money went in pre-flop. The hand brought play to an end for the night and sent Li into the chip lead for the first time.
The biggest elimination of the day though might have been the first one. Phil Ivey, who began the day as the shortest stack with less than 700,000 chips, was eliminated just minutes into the start of play. His 12th place finish earned him $100,000 which he promptly used to buy in to the $250,000 Challenge event slated for later in the afternoon.
The final table will begin at 12:30 Melbourne time on Sunday.
Aussie Millions Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
- Bjorn Li – 4,775,000
- Oliver Speidel – 3,415,000
- Patrick Healy – 2,995,000
- Ken Wong – 2,330,000
- Yann Dion – 2,325,000
- Mile Krstanoski – 2,295,000
- Mohamad Kowssarie – 1,750,000
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