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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | Francis Lee

Aussie Millions

The Aussie Millions 2008 started off on the 5th January in Melbourne Australia, with a total of 16 events scheduled to be played. As usual the Aussie Millions attracts all of the top poker players from around the world, along with the online qualifiers that has made it through to earn a seat mainly to the $10,000 buy in main event.

The first five events has already been played and here is a summary of how the final table of each event went.

Event 1 $1,100 NL Hold’em

Prize Pool: $537,000
Entrants: 537
Duration: 2 Days
Number of paid places: 50

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Vincent Wan $387,000
  • 2nd Yevgeniy Timoshenko $370,000
  • 3rd Jovan Scekic $319,000
  • 4th Alex Luck $319,000
  • 5th Mike McDonald $206,500
  • 6th Peter Pratis $159,000
  • 7th John Georges $125,000
  • 8th Justin Gendle $108,000
  • 9th Kalan Shuttlewood $95,000
  • 10th Con Cotsomtis $81,000

Final Table Summary:

Kalan Shuttlewood was the first to be eliminated from this final table, as his pocket eights were beaten by Mike McDonald with pocket Nines, after the board came down :10s :9s :3s :10c :5h

Con Cotsomitis was looking good to double up against Yevginey Timoshenko when he was All In with pocket Queens against :ad :7s This was until the :ah fell on the River which sent Cotsomitis to the rail.

Timoshenko picked up a good pot by eliminating John Georges in 8th place, he hit a :10h on the Flop when having :qs :10d and this was good enough to win the pot as Georges :ad :jc missed the board.

It was the classic coin flip situation which saw the elimination of Alex Luck in 7th place, his pocket Fours were beaten by Mike McDonald with :as :kc McDonald hit a King on the Flop to which Luck never recovered.

All Timoshenko’s good work was lost as he was the next player to go. He ran into Peter Pratis with pocket Queens when having :ks :qh The board all came down low leaving Timoshenko to collect $21,480 in 6th place.

It was Jovan Scekic’s turn to pick up pocket Queens but this time they were busted by McDonald with :ad :10c The Flop came down :as :8c :8h handing Mcdonald the lead which eventually won the pot as the Queen Scekic was looking for didn’t show.

Vincent Wan came to life at this stage on the final table by eliminating two players in consecutive hands. First he beat Justin Gendle with :ac :qd against pocket Nines when hitting a Queen on the Flop. Then on the next hand he eliminated Pratis as his :ad :kd dominated :ac :7s with the final board coming down :jc :9c :6h :2h :6c

Wan had just over double the chip stack of McDonald going into heads up play which lasted around 60 hands in total. The final hand came when Wan moved All In with pocket Jacks and McDonald called with :ad :8h Neither player hit the board showing :10h :6c :4s :3s :10d handing Wan the Victory winng $142,302.

Final Standings:

  • 1st Vincent Wan $142,302
  • 2nd Mike McDonald $85,920
  • 3rd Peter Pratis $56,385
  • 4th Justin Gendle $40,275
  • 5th Jovan Scekic $29,535
  • 6th Yevgeniy Timoshenko $21,480
  • 7th Alex Luck $16,110
  • 8th John Georges $12,888
  • 9th Con Cotsomtis $10,203
  • 10th Kalan Shuttlewood $7,787

Event 2 $1,100 PL Hold’em

Prize Pool: $189,000
Entrants: 189
Duration: 2 Days
Number of paid places: 18

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Chris Chronis $195,500
  • 2nd Sam Youssef $168,000
  • 3rd Anna Wroblewski $92,000
  • 4th Harris Pavlou $84,500
  • 5th David Gorr $81,000
  • 6th Alex Keating $61,000
  • 7th Richard Sara $51,000
  • 8th Jonathan Karamalikis $47,000
  • 9th Manny Stavropoulos $22,500

Final Table Summary

The first elimination hand came shortly after the start of this final table when Alex Keating’s pocket Jacks were beaten by Chris Chronis with pocket Aces. Chronis hit quad Aces after the board came down :6d :qs :ah :ac :9d

Only a few hands later we had the exact same starting hands as Manny Stavropoulos picked up pocket Jacks and ran into Richard Sara with pocket Aces. The Aces held up again sending Stavropoulos to the rail in 8th place.

7th Place went to the other short stacked player Jonathan Karamalikis as his pocket Queens were beaten by George Palavos with :as :kc Palavos hit a King on the Flop which was good enough to take down the pot.

Richard Sara picked up a couple of good pots against Chronis, but this didn’t stop him from going out in 6th place. He was All In with :ac :qd against David Gorr with :ks :10s Gorr hit two pair on the Flop putting him into a good lead but was in danger of loosing as Sara had a straight draw. The :qc fell on the Turn to give him a few more outs but the :2d on the river killed off any hopes he had.

Gorr proceeded to increase his chip stack by then eliminating Harris Pavalou into 5th place. Pavlou with pocket Tens was looking good to take down the pot up against pocket Fours and the first four cards down was :ah :qh :2d :6h But luck was not on his side as the :4s fell on the River sending him to the rail.

Anna Wroblewsk who was late turning up for this final table was the next player to go when going All In with :kd :qd against Chronis with :as :jc Chronis won the pot with the high Ace, as neither player hit any piece of the board.

Three handed play didn’t last long as both Gorr and Youssef bet pre flop until Youseff was All In. Youseff tabled :as :kh but was in trouble up against pocket Kings. No Ace came for Youseff leaving him to collect $20,790 in 3rd place.

Heads up lasted for well over an hour as Chronis made his chip lead tell by eventually winning the contest against Gorr. The final hand came when Gorr moved All In after the Turn when he had Flopped trips, but Chronis had made a Flush on this card leaving Gorr needing the board to pair up. This didn’t happen handing Chronis the event 2 win and the fisrt place prize of $60,398.

Final Standings:

  • 1st Chris Chronis $60,398
  • 2nd David Gorr $35,910
  • 3rd Sam Youssef $20,790
  • 4th Anna Wroblewski $15,120
  • 5th Harris Pavlou $11,340
  • 6th Richard Sara $9,450
  • 7th Jonathan Karamalikis $7,560
  • 8th Manny Stavropoulos $5670
  • 9th Alex Keating $3,780

Event 3 $500 Mixed Stud (Stud/Razz/Stud Hi-Lo)

Prize Pool: $50,000
Entrants: 96
Duration: 1 Day
Number of paid places: 8

Final Table chip Rankings:

  • 1st Jimmy Fricke $134,500
  • 2nd Graeme Putt $80,600
  • 3rd Rich Holmes $60,000
  • 4th Jared Bottroff $43,600
  • 5th Emmanuel Sideridis $23,800
  • 6th Jethro Horowitz $16,300
  • 7th Trung Tran $15,000
  • 8th Sean McKenzie $11,100

Final Table Summary

Sean McKenzie on the short stack was first to go whilst playing Razz against Emmanuel Sideridis. His 9-8 low was beaten by 9-7 low leaving him to head for the rail in 8th place.

We were still playing the same round of Razz when Trung Tran met his end, beaten by Jared Bottroff hitting a 7-5 low which easily won the pot.

6th place went to Jethro Horowitz when he had trip Fives playing Stud, but this was beaten by Rich Holmes who hit a broadway straight on the seventh Street.

This win didn’t help Holmes too much as he was next to go up against the chip leader Fricke. Holmes hit a Queen high flush but was beaten by Fricke’s Queens over Eights full house.

Fricke picked up the next elimination hand sending Jared Bottroff to the rail in 4th place. Fricke hit two pairs Aces and Tens beating Bottroff’s pair of Aces which he had from the start.

It was inevitable Fricke was to eliminate the next player and that unfortunate person was Emmanuel Sideridis. Fricke made 7-6 low and had a pair of Aces playing Stud Hi-lo winning both the high and low hand, when Sideridis only made a pair of Jacks.

Fricke made good use of the 5-1 chip lead he had over Graeme Putt to finishing off the tournament in quick time. The last hand came about when Fricke hit a Wheel straight playing Stud Hi Lo which earned him the win and the $16,800 first place prize

Final Rankings:

  • 1st Jimmy Fricke $16,800
  • 2nd Graeme Putt $9,600
  • 3rd Emmanuel Sideridis $5,760
  • 4th Jared Bottroff $4,800
  • 5th Rich Holmes $3,840
  • 6th Jethro Horowitz $2,880
  • 7th Trung Tran $2,400
  • 8th Sean Mckenzie $1,920

Event 4 $1,100 Limit Hold’em

Prize Pool: $123,000
Entrants: 123
Duration: 2 Days
Number of paid places: 18

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st James Potter $139,000
  • 2nd Jamie Pickering $97,500
  • 3rd Simon Morris $70,000
  • 4th Ivan sop $53,500
  • 5th Ben Edwards $45,500
  • 6th Jim Sachinidis $33,000
  • 7th David Lacchia $31,500
  • 8th Michael Lipari $22,000

Final Table Summary

Michael Lipari on the short stack was the first player to leave the event when his pocket Kings were beaten by Jamie Pickering hitting a set of Jacks on the Flop. The King Lipari was looking for didn’t come to confirm his exit in 8th place.

Pickering went on to take his second scalp as his pocket Kings were too good for Ben Edward’s pocket Sevens after the board came down :ac :9d :3h :8s :ah

Jim Sachinidis then moved all his chips into the middle with :jh :9c and was up against Simon Morris with :qh :7h Jim took the lead after the flop came down :jc :3c :3h but this didn’t last long as the :qs turned the hand on it head. The :7c on the River improved Morris’s hand further to take down the pot sending Sachinidis out in 6th place.

David Lacchia found himself in a coin flip situation by betting pre flop until he was All In with pocket Fours. His caller Jamie Pickering had :ac :jd The final board came down :kd :js :8s :4d :2s handing Pickering the pot eliminating Lacchia out in 5th place.

Ivan Sop turned up over half an hour late for this final table but still managed to finish in 4th place. He was unlucky in this hand as he flopped two pairs with his :8s :2d but Pickering rivered a better two pair with :kh :jd

The early chip leader James Potter wasn’t involved in much of the early action until this point, he eliminated Simon Morris into 3rd place. Potter hit a Full house with :ad :6d when the board came down :ac :qd :4c :ah :6h which easily beat Morris with :qc :js

Pickering had taken the chip lead into the heads up showdown with Potter and made this tell by winning the event in around 10 minutes of play. The final hand came when Potter had hit two pair with :kd :4h after the Turn, but wasn’t aware Pickering had hit a higher two pair with :kh :jd Pickering set the trap by checking the River and instantly called Potter who had moved all his chips into the middle.

Final Standings:

  • 1st Jamie Pickering $39,360
  • 2nd James Potter $23,370
  • 3rd Simon Morris $13,530
  • 4th Ivan Sop $9,840
  • 5th David Lacchia $7,380
  • 6th Jim Sachinidis $6,150
  • 7th Ben Edwards $4,920
  • 8th Michael Lipari $3,690

Event 5 $1,100 No limit Hold’em with re-buys

Prize Pool: $526,000
Entrants: 150
Duration: 2 Days
Number of paid places: 18

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Michael Pedley $208,000
  • 2nd Larry Karambis $120,000
  • 3rd David Bach $103,000
  • 4th Dane Lomas $85,000
  • 5th Julian Powell $64,000
  • 6th David Steicke $62,000
  • 7th Rayan Nathan $60,000
  • 8th Robert Wang $46,000
  • 9th Anne Wroblewski $37,000

Final table summary:

The final table started off slowly as it took a whole round before we lost the first player from the table. Dane Lomas was the first player to go when trying to steal the blinds on the button by moving All In with :js :3h David Steicke made the call from the big blind with :ah :5c Streike paired an Ace on the Flop to which Lomas never recovered.

David Bach was the next player to go just a few hands later when he was All In with pocket Tens against Julian Powell with :as :kd Bach was in the lead with the first four cards out but Powell rivered a King to send Bach to the rail.

Anne Wroblewski who had finished 4th in the 2nd event at the Aussie Millions started off with the small stack on this final table, and managed to hang on to finish 7th in this event. Her final hand came when in a pot against Robert Wang, both players saw an un raised Flop of :3s :8h :6h Wroblewski immeadiatley moved All In holding :6d :2h but found herself behind against Wang’s pocket Nines. The pocket pair held up for Wang leaving Wroblewski to collect $21,040 for finishing 7th.

The next three elimination hands came along in quick sucsession. David Steicke was the first to go running into pocket Nines when having :ah :10c with out improving. On the next hand Julian Powell moved All In over the top of Wang’s raise with :jh :9h Wang called tabling :ac :9s in a dominatnt position. The board came down :10d :3s :3d :4d :10d giving Wang the pot with his Ace Kicker. Just two hands later we were down to just three players as Rayan Nathan was knocked out by Wang. Wang’s pocket sixes held up against Nathan’s :kd :9d with the final board showing :qc :5s :10c :10s :7d

Larry Karambis left the tournament in 3rd place beaten by Michael Pedley. Pedley hit a flush on the River when behind against Karambis’s pair of Kings.

At the start of heads up the chip count was almost even between Wang and Pedley. This lasted for just one hand before we had our winner. On this hand Pedley acted first moving all In with :ad :3c Wang made the call with :ah :9d looking to be in a good postion. This was until the Flop came down :ac :3h :8c giving Pedley two pair. The :7c and :jh confirmed Pedley’s victory taking this 5th event down.

Final Standings:

  • 1st Michael Pedley $168,320
  • 2nd Robert Wang $99,940
  • 3rd Larry Karambis $57,860
  • 4th Rayan Nathan $42,080
  • 5th Julian Powell $31,560
  • 6th David Steicke $26,300
  • 7th Anne Wroblewski $21,040
  • 8th David Bach $15,780
  • 9th Dane Lomas $10,520



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