Within the first few minutes of action, two players found themselves standing with all the chips in the middle and the cards on their backs.
From under the gun plus one, Jurgen Wenigwieser raised to 32,000. Steven Friedlander rerised to 85,000 from the small blind. Peter Jetten reraised all in from the big blind for roughly 500,000 and Wenigwieser called. Friedlander ducked out of the way.
The board ran out and Jetten doubled up to 1.36 million. Wenigwieser dropped to one million.
A few days ago, the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event began with 746 runners plopping down $10,500 to take their shot at glory. As of late last night, only 18 remain.
David Frieling was the last player sent home in 19th place before the bunch that was left bagged up their chips. Frieling made a move against Sorel Mizzi with a lot of back-up outs had he been called. Mizzi was up to the task and stuck the chips in with just a pair of aces on the turn. After the river blanked, Frieling was sent to the rail.
Mizzi finished third on the leaderboard. He was only a handful of chips behind his Betfair counterpart Annette Obrestad, who finished in second place. Topping the leaderboard is Kosmas Dratsas. His field-leading chip stack is officially 1,792,000.
One must not forget about Canadian Elliot Smith. Smith may only have 334,000 chips, but he final tabled this very event last year, finishing in third place. He also has three WSOP cashes to his name and one cash at the 2009 PCA.
If there's one player that was the crowd favorite coming into Day 4, that's be The Big Show, Mr. Steve Topakas. Topakas was on the brink of elimination a multitude of times yesterday, but survived each one before ending the day with 191,000 chips. With a couple more double ups, Topakas could easily find himself behind a big stack with plenty of home-field momentum. And that will surely get the crowd roaring.
Tournament director MIke Tarr has informed us that the final table will be seven handed this year. Play will continue all day and night until that magic number is reached. Buckle up, grab a beer and get some popcorn because this looks to be a long day filled with plenty of action!