Phil Ivey, Mike McDonald and defending champ Ami Barer all fell to the wayside on Friday as the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event played down to a final table. James Rann, who began the day 10th in chips, finished with 4,085,000 and the chip lead heading into the seven-handed final table.
No matter where he finishes, this will mark the single largest live score of Rann’s career. The British poker pro’s best result prior to this was a sixth place finish in a side event at EPT Barcelona in 2014 where he earned $34,827.
Rann’s lead is a thin one though. Joel Douaglin finished Day 4 with 3,935,000, Lennart Uphoff isn’t far behind with 3,595,000 and Anthony Legg ended with 3,290,000. The rest of the field will have some work to do if they hope to take home the AU$1,600,000 first place prize money. Manny Stavropoulos wrapped up play with 2,115,000. The two shortest stacks are seperated by just 15,000 chips. Richard Lyndaker bagged up 1,200,000 while two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Rast has 1,185,000.
Over the last five days all eyes had been on Barer. The 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event champ made it to Day 4 before ultimately busting in 11th place for AU$95,000. Grant Levy finished 8th for AU$120,000 while Raiden Kan, who began the day with the chip lead, finished 10th for AU$95,000.
Ivey, who finished 12th in 2012 and 30 in 2013, busted in 23rd place for AU$40,000.
The final seven players will now take Saturday off to allow the $100,000 Challenge final table to play down to a winner on the TV set before resuming on Sunday to play down to a winner.
Final Table Chip Counts
- James Rann – 4,085,000
- Joel Douaglin – 3,935,000
- Lennart Uphoff – 3,595,000
- Anthony Legg – 3,290,000
- Manny Stavropoulos – 2,115,000
- Richard Lyndaker – 1,200,000
- Brian Rast – 1,185,000
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