Recap of Day 3 and Day 4 at Aussie Millions Main Event

It has been an action packed couple of days at Crown Casino, Melbourne, in Australia’s most prestigious poker tournament.

Day 3 of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event saw quite a few early eliminations but it was Salvatore Fazzino holding the overnight chip lead by the end of day’s play. There were quite a few big names that not only survived all of Day 3 but were only a stones throw away from the chip leader, including Scott Seiver and Sorel Mizzi, both of whom were in the top 5 chip counts. Erik Seidel also found himself rounding out the top 10 at the end of Day 3.

The 36 players returned back to the felt at the start of play of Day 4 and play continued all throughout today until only 7 players remained. This eventuated the late hours of Friday evening, but Day 4 didn’t bring a lot of joy for the Day 3 chip leader. Fazzino found himself seated at a tough table alongside Mizzi and was bleeding chips all the way until he eventually lost his remaining chips to Mizzi. The final hand played out with Fazzino all-in and holding AJ up against Mizzi’s JJ’s. On the flop Mizzi hit top set set and with blanks on the turn and river he was resigned to the rail in 14th place for a $70,000 payday.

From that point on Mizzi managed to make his way all the way to the final table, and will have close to 3 million in chips, sitting comfortably in third place, when play commences on the final day tomorrow. Some notable players that were still in the field didn’t make it through to Day 5 of the Aussie Millions Main Event, including John Juanda, who was shortstacked for most of the day. He busted out when his pocket aces failed to hold. Liv Boeree, WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, and soul destroying Erik Seidel also hit the rail.

Two November Niners tangled heads very late in the day. The key hand occured when Canadian Ami Barer, the chip leader, opened with a min raise to 80,000 from the cutoff and Eoghan O’Dea moved all-in for his remaining 965,000 chips. Jake Balsiger, who was in the small blind and barely had O’Dea covered also moved all-in over the top of O’Dea’s three bet. Barer got out of the way and after both player’s revealed their cards it was Balsiger’s 88’s up against O’Dea’s AK. Balsiger didn’t like the look of the Q-7-T flop giving O’Dea quite a few outs, as any A, K, J, or backdoor flush outs could give him the winning hand, but the turn and river were complete bricks, sending O’Dea to the rail in 8th place, unlucky not to have made another big final table at a major live event. That said, the Irish poker pro would still be happy with his performance and $130,000 in winnings.

A star studded final table has been set in the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event. This year’s AU$10,000 event attracted 668 players which was more than last year, for a prize pool of $6,680,000.

Here are the chip counts for the final table:

Aussie Millions Main Event Final Table (Chip Stacks)

1. Ami Barer 6,570,000

2. Vincent Rubianes 3,865,000

3. Sorel Mizzi 2,830,000

4. Jake Balsiger 2,385,000

5. Darren Rabinowitz 2,365,000

6. Andrew Phaedonas 1,015,000

7. Scott Seiver 855,000

Players will have Saturday off before play will resume on Sunday to decide the 2014 Aussie Millions main event champion. The winner will pocket a handsome $1,600,000.