Event 9: $10,500 Aussie Millions Main Event

Topakas Back On the Short Stack

Friedlander still alive with his sevens holding
Friedlander still alive with his sevens holding
Steve Topakas was back at it with another all-in confrontation. This time he was up against the shorter-stacked Steven Friedlander. Topakas raised from the cutoff seat to 43,000 and then Friedlander moved all in from the small blind for 261,000. Topakas made the call and once again, the crowd of supporters rushed to the table along with the camera crew and media.

Topakas would be in a race his a healthy amount of his stack when his {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} was pitted against the two red sevens of Friedlander.

The flop came down {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Topakas picked up a gutshot to broadway along with a backdoor flush draw because he held the {A-Clubs}.

The turn card was the {2-Diamonds}; a blank as far as Topakas was concerned.

The river card was the {8-Spades} and that didn't do it either. Topakas sent over the chips to double up Friedlander and was left with about 150,000.

Shelly Shoves the Flop

Stephen Shelly raised from under the gun to 40,000. The small blind called and then Frederik Jensen reraised from the big bind to 150,000. Shelly made the call and the small blind folded.

The flop was {9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Spades}. Jensen fired 225,000 and Shelly moved in. Jensen folded and left himself with 1.2 million. Shelly picked up the pot and moved up to 1.3 million.

Guess Who Doubled Again?

Topakas hanging on
Topakas hanging on
Jurgen Wenigwieser raised from the button to 42,000. Steve Topakas was in the small blind and moved all in for 175,000. Wenigwieser made the call and once again, Topakas would be on the brink of elimination.

This time, Topakas held the best of it with the {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. Wenigwieser held {Q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} for only one overcard.

The flop came down {J-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Topakas faded the first three cards. The next card to hit the felt was the {A-Hearts} and kept Topakas leading.

"C'mon Steve!" rang the yells from the balcony as the everyone in the room awaited the river card.

The last card off the deck was the {J-Hearts} to pair the board. Topakas gave a massive fist pump and survived again, doubling to 365,000 chips.

Min-raise Bluff Fails for Shelly

Stephen Shelly was in the small blind and raised to 38,000 when action folded around to him. Annette Obrestad was in the big blind and made the call.

The flop came down {9-Spades}{8-Clubs}{7-Spades} and both players checked. The turn added the {4-Clubs} to the board and Shelly checked. Obrestad bet 50,000 and Shelly made the call.

The river completed the board, putting the {K-Hearts} out there. Shelly checked and Obrestad fired 175,000. Shelly then raised to 350,000 and Obrestad called.

Shelly tabled {A-Clubs}{6-?} for a busted straight draw and Obrestad held two pair with {K-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}. She's back up to two million while Shelly dropped to 985,000.

Pair of Aces Good for Mizzi

Kosmas Dratsas limped the button before Sorel Mizzi completed from the small blind. Jens Kerper checked out of the big blind. The three players took a flop of {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}{8-Spades} and Mizzi bet 25,000. Kerper folded and Dratsas rised to 65,000. Mizzi called.

The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and Mizzi checked. Dratsas checked behind.

The river was the {6-Clubs} and Mizzi bet 30,000. Dratsas called and Mizzi showed {A-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}. Dratsas mucked his hand.


The players have returned from their break and are back in action.

Break It Down

The tournament clock has been paused while the remaining 13 players go on their first 20-minute break of the day.

Kosta Varoxis Doubles Before the Break

Kosta Varoxis has just doubled through to 708,000 in chips, courtesy of Jurgen Wenigwieser.

Wenigwieser opened the pot with a raise to 30,000 from under-the-gun and when the action made its way around to Varoxis on the button, he three-bet to 85,000. Wenigwieser made the call and the flop came down {9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}.

Wenigwieser led out with an 80,000 bet on the flop and Varoxis called, sending the action to the turn -- {Q-Diamonds}.

On fourth street, Wenigwieser moved all in, putting Varoxis to a decision for all of his chips. A call was made and the following showdown ensued:

Wenigwieser: {K-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Varoxis: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}

The river blanked out, {2-Hearts}, and Varoxis raked in the pot.

After the hand, Wenigwieser was left with 1.12 million in chips.

Shak and Dratsas Play a Big Pot

Dan Shak and Kosmas Dratsas just played a million-chip pot. After the turn, the board read {A-Spades}{J-Spades}{3-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and Dan Shak had first action. He checked and Dratsas bet 20,000. Shak raised to 70,000 and then Dratsas came back over the top with a reraise to 170,000. Shak wasn't about to back down and put in another raise to 470,000. Dratsas called.

The river card was the {K-Spades} and after all the action on the turn, the two players both checked.

Shak tabled a losing {K-Hearts}{9-Clubs} to Dratsas' {J-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. The two pair of Dratsas put him up to 1.75 million and Shak dropped to 850,000.

"If I move all in on the river you have to fold," said Shak.

"I think I would. I didn't have you on the flush, but I did have you on a bigger two pair," responded Dratsas.

"I thought my king was good," finished Shak.