Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event Poker Championship Final Table is set (in chip count order):
Seat 1: Sorel Mizzi - 6,033,000
Seat 2: Stephen Shelley - 991,000
Seat 3: Annette Obrestad - 1,349,000
Seat 4: Tyron Krost - 1,869,000
Seat 5: Frederik Jensen - 1,754,000
Seat 6: Kosta Varoxis - 635,000
Seat 7: Peter Jetten - 1,700,000
Seat 8: Steven Friedlander - 694,000
Though short, Day 4 was packed with action. We began the day with 18 players, including $100,000 Challenge winner Dan Shak, and local favorites Steve 'The Big Show' Topakas and Joel Dodds.
It was Topakas who, forgive the cliche, stole the show this afternoon, sending the crowd to their feet about once every half an hour, surviving all in after all in before eventually busting from the tournament in 12th place ($100,000 AUD).
Your overnight chip leader is Sorel Mizzi, who finished the day with a 3-1 chip lead over the next closet opponent. Mizzi was absolutely dominant this afternoon, though if you were to ask him, we're sure he's likely to tell you that he had plenty of help from the deck. "Run good," he said with a smile at one point in the day, after making quads in a hand against Kosta Varoxis.
Joining Mizzi at the final table is Betfair teammate and the first female player to make the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event, Annette Obrestad. Obrestad finished 21st in this same event last year and won one of the preliminary events earlier in the series. If there's anyone who can catch Mizzi, it's her.
Our coverage of the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event continues at 2:00 p.m. local time, live from Studio 3 in Crown. Do join us then to find out who will take home the most prestigious poker title in the Southern Hemisphere and the $2 million grand prize.
Sorel Mizzi raised from first position to 50,000. Kosmas Dratsas called from the big blind and the two would do battle again.
The flop came down and Dratsas checked. Mizzi fired 65,000 and then Dratsas moved all in for about 750,000. Mizzi made the call and held . Dratsas held .
The turn was the and left Dratsas needing a seven or a six on the river to stay alive and drag on the day. A black lady in the form of the hit the felt on the river and that was it; Dratsas was eliminated in 9th place on the bubble of the final table. Mizzi wound up with 6.033 million chips and will be the chip leader going into tomorrow's final day of competition.
Stephen Shelly raised to 43,000 from the button before Steven Friedlander reraised all in from the small blind for around 460,000. Annette Obrestad called from the big blind and Shelly folded. When the cards were on their backs, Obrestad had the sled.
The flop added a-heckuva-lotta more outs for Friedlander when it came . Needing a heart, an ace or a queen, Friedlander waited to see his fate on the next card.
The peeled off and Friedlander nailed his flush. The river was the and officially sealed the win for the at-risk Friedlander. He's now up to about one million in chips.
Action has picked up here in Studio 3, as we've just seen back-to-back all-in and call situations. This time around it was Jens Kerper at risk against Kosta Varoxis.
Varoxis opened the pot with a raise to 50,000 from the small blind and Kerper made the call in the big. The flop came down and Varoxis led out with a 90,000 bet. Kerper then moved all in over the top for about 400,000 and Varoxis snap-called, holding . Kerper would need some help, holding nothing but .
The turn brought the giving Kerper a world of new outs, but the river blanked -- -- and Kerper joined the rail in 10th place.
After the hand, Varoxis was a bit shell-shocked and revealed to the table that he barely knew he'd won the hand. We counted Varoxis at 1.3 million in chips after the dust settled.
Tyron Krost raised to 50,000 before Frederik Jensen called on the button. Stephen Shelly reraised to 120,000 from the small blind. Krost raised again to 375,000 and Jensen folded. Shelly moved all in and Krost called.
The window card was the and the other two cards on the flop were the and . The turn was the and the river the .
Krost found the miracle he needed to stay alive and let out a big sigh of relief after the hand was over. He's up to 1.95 million now while Shelly dropped to 800,000.