Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
Day 3 saw plenty of highs, such as the rise of Kosmas Dratsas, the resilliance of Steven Topakas who battled from the short stack all day to reach Day 4, a rare bubble hand that pitted aces over kings with both spiking sets, and the remarkable play of two very talented females in Annette Obrestad and Jessica Dawley, who both made it through to Day 4. As for the lows... I think we'll just end on a positive note and leave them be for now.
Your overnight chip leader is Dratsas, following closely behind by Betfair ringers Obrestad and Sorel Mizzi.
Here's a quick look at your final 18, in chip stack order:
Kosmas Dratsas - 1,792,000
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
We'll release Day 4's starting seat assignments as soon as they are made available to us.
Play is scheduled to resume at 12:30 p.m. local time, when the final 18 begin the home stretch toward the final table. Join us then for our continued coverage of the 2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event, from Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
Until then, good night and good luck!
The final hand went down as follows.
Sorel Mizzi opened to 25,000 from under the gun, and Frieling made it 85,000 to go from the big blind. Mizzi made the call.
They proceeded to a flop. Frieling led 90,000 which Mizzi flat called.
The turn was the Frieling moved all in for 626,000.
Mizzi went into the tank. After a while he asked, "Do you have a five?". More tanking. Finally he asked for a count. Back into the tank, and then the call.
With that Frieling goes out, and Mizzi rockets up to 1,695,000. What a monster pot to end the day.
Smith open-shoved from under-the-gun holding and was looked up by Dratsas who challenged with a pocket pair of eights.
Smith spiked one pair (queens) on the flop and another (kings) on the turn to secure the double up, improving to 410,000 in chips.
Dratsas is still far and away the chip leader with 1.81 million in chips.
We will either stop at the end of the level or one more bustout, which will it be?
While we wait out the Day 4 bubble, check out this exclusive interview we snagged with Peter Jetter who was responsible for bursting the money bubble earlier today. Jetten is still alive and well in the tournament with 19 players remaining and is currently sitting with 855,000 in chips.
After being raised to 30,000 by the small blind, Annette Obrestad, Minagar shoved for 280,000. Obrestad made a quick call with putting Minagar's in dire straits.
Minagar's hand was unable to improve with the board, leaving him to hit the rail in 20th place.
Annette Obrestad is looming large at 1,716,000 in chips.
Dratsas check-raised to 120,000 over a meagre 20,000 bet from Aoukar. Aoukar called.
The river was the and Dratsas instantly fired out a bet of 400,000. Aoukar called almost as quickly tabling his but Dratsas had the case with the for four of a kind Kings.
Dratsas is almost to two million in chips, Aoukar has dropped to 333,000 in chips.
Action folded around the table to Frieling on the button who opened with a raise to 25,000. Mizzi called from the small blind, as did Obrestad in the big.
All three players checked the flop, sending the action straight to the turn -- .
Mizzi then fired a 38,000 bet, shaking Obrestad from the hand, but Frieling stuck around to see the river -- .
On 5th Street, Mizzi checked to Frieling who fired a 95,000 bullet prompting Mizzi to release his hand.
Frieling stacked up just under one million in chips after the hand.
If Steve Topakas is anything to go by, it could be quite influential.
After the chips went in preflop, Topakas was racing with his against the all in Rainer Obst with .
Obst took the lead in the race on the flop. Then the hometown magic kicked in with the turn .
"YESSSSS!!!" roared the Big Show.
The river would send Rainer Obst to the rail.
Topakas has 280,000. Obst goes out 21st ($50,000 AUD).