The Aussie Millions Main Event is down to its final 18 players after the third day of play at Crown Casino in Melbourne, and a handful of accomplished pros are still in the running for the biggest tournament poker title in the Southern Hemisphere.
Kosmas Dratsas finished the day out as the chip leader with 1,792,000 in chips, but the players everyone will be paying attention to are in the spots just below him on the leaderboard. Annette Obrestad, the 21-year-old former WSOP Europe Main Event champion who has already won one preliminary event at this year’s festival Down Under, finished with just about eight big blinds less that Dratsas at 1,711,000. And Obrestad herself finished only two big blinds ahead of her Betfair teammate, Sorel Mizzi, who ended the day with 1,695,000. Three spots further down the ladder is Dan Shak, who took down Phil Ivey in the $100,000 Challenge at Crown Casino earlier this week.
Not among the remaining players were a few fan favorites who started the day with championship dreams. Barry Greenstein dropped out in 50th place, while Gus Hansen had his repeat championship dreams dashed in 23rd. Other notables in the money included Andrew Feldman (24th), Nico Behling (35th), Marsha Waggoner (59th), Van Marcus (60th), and J.P. Kelly (67th).
Play resumes at noon tomorrow and will continue until the final table of six players has been reached.
- Kosmas Dratsas – 1,792,000 chips
- Annette Obrestad – 1,711,000
- Sorel Mizzi – 1,695,000
- Jurgen Wenigwieser – 1,626,000
- Stephen Shelley – 1,241,000
- Dan Shak – 1,144,000
- Frederik Jensen – 1,144,000
- Tyron Krost – 953,000
- Jens Kerper – 886,000
- Peter Jetten – 642,000
- Steven Friedlander – 494,000
- Elliot Smith – 334,000
- Pierre Aoukar – 310,000
- Jessica Dawley – 295,000
- Joel Dodds – 242,000
- Steve Topakas – 191,000
- Fouad Chaptini – 183,000
- Kosta Varoxis – 183,000
In side event news, the A$10,500 Pot Limit Omaha event drew only 26 entries and played down to a final table before pausing for the night. Former WSOP PLO champ Rafi Amit cashed in fifth place for A$15,000 before play was called off until noon tomorrow with these four players still vying for the title:
- Michael Guttman – 172,100 chips
- Mike “SirWatts” Watson – 166,500
- Erik Seidel – 130,900
- Florian Langmann – 51,200
The other big event running today was the A$5,300 Australian Heads-Up Championship. In the quarterfinals, Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger took the first of three rounds against Martin Gudvangen only to see the Norwegian come roaring back to take their match. Vanessa Selbst caught some serious cold decks against Barry Woods and lost in two straight rounds, while Brian “Flawless_Victory” Roberts was a little less than flawless going down in two straight to Kyle McMurphy. And Andrew Seidman took his match to the limit against Darren Woods only to lose in a coinflip on the last hand.
The semifinals saw both matches go all three allotted rounds, with McMurphy defeating Darren Woods in three rounds and Barry Woods coming out on top of Gudvangen in three thanks to a little bit of luck at some opportune moments. In the finals, McMurphy took the first match when his top pair held up against Woods’ open-ended straight draw, but Woods grabbed the second when he turned a straight with the same card that made McMurphy a set. The third and final round saw McMurphy take the advantage and unsuccessfully try several times to put Woods away before winning a crucial coinflip to take most of his stack and finishing him off one hand later.
- Kyle McMurphy A$75,000
- Barry Woods A$50,000
- Martin Gudvangen A$37,500
- Darren Woods A$25,000
- Andrew Seidman A$15,625
- Andrew Lichtenberger A$15,625
- Vanessa Selbst A$15,625
- Brian Roberts A$15,625
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