Much to the dismay of the the heavy Aussie contingent here in the live studio audience, hometown favorite Joel Dodds has been eliminated from the main event.
Dodds opened the pot with a raise to 28,000 from under-the-gun and action folded around the table to Sorel Mizzi in the big blind who made the call. The flop came and Mizzi checked to Dodds who fired a 50,000 continuation bet. Mizzi then check-raised to 162,000 and Dodds came over the top, making it 285,000 more. Mizzi then moved all in over the top and Dodds made the call; his tournament life on the line:
Needing the board to pair to stay alive (or a running straight flush for all you sticklers out there), Dodds watched the turn and river blank out , and Mizzi's nut straight held up to win the pot.
After the hand, we counted Mizzi at 3.1 million in chips, making him your new overall chip leader.
Joel Dodds is up to 870,000 in chips after issuing a successful four-bet on Jens Kerper.
Dodds opened the pot with a raise to 30,000 from the small blind and Kerper repopped it to 95,000 from the big. Dodds then came over the top with a four-bet, kicking it up an additional 167,000. Kerper released his hand and was left with 1.15 million in chips.
Dan Shak raised to 35,000 from under the gun and Joel Dodds called from the small blind. Jens Kerper called from the big blind as well.
The flop came down and everyone checked to a turn of the . Dodds and Kerper checked to the preflop raiser, Mr. Shak. He fired 80,000 and won the hand.
Shak hasn't been very active today. In fact, he's actually been sleeping at the table. Being on the other side of the world can really make you lack sleep if you're interested in the New York stock market. Shak's now up to 1.35 million while Dodds dropped to 1.1 million. Kerper is on 900,000.
Steve Topakas moved all in for about 100,000 from under the gun. Kosta Varoxis reraised all in from the cutoff seat and then Jurgen Wenigwieser called from the big blind.
Topakas was the shortest of the three stacks and needed a lot of help to survive this one. Varoxis was the second shortest.
The flop came down and one of the two remaining aces in the deck flopped to put Wenigwieser behind.
The turn card was the and the crowd surrounding the table began cheering for five to come on the river.
"Five one time, one time!" said Jamie Glazier huddled up close to the table.
As if sent from the heavens, the dealer burned and smacked the on the river. Topakas was stunned and surrounded by his friends who made their way inside the ropes to the tableside. He's now up to 335,000 chips and STILL alive in the tournament.
"I was a favorite," laughed Topakas after the hand.
Wenigwieser has one million after the hand and Varoxis 455,000 after taking the side pot.
Last year's third-place finisher Elliot Smith moved all in for about 200,000 from the small blind and Annette Obrestad called from the big blind.
The board ran out and that was it for Smith. He was sent to the rail in 15th place, earning $75,000 AUD for his effort. An excellent finish two years in a row. Obrestad has increased her lead to 2.3 million.