New Zealand's David Yan dominated the final table on the way to capturing the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Event #6: $1,150 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em title at the Crown Entertainment Complex on Wednesday.
By the time they reached three-handed play, the Kiwi a held 3-to-1 lead on the other two players combined and agreed to a deal, taking $117,000 in prize money.
Ashish Gupta earned $66,235 for a third-place finish and Francesco Sergi took $68,000 for second while Yan went on to win the LK Boutique Aussie Millions Championship ring, ultimately defeating a field of 534 players over two days.
The tournament played down to the final 16 Monday and returned with Yan in the lead. When Tang Peng busted seventh, fellow Aussie Sam Steindl took the lead into the six-handed final and Yan sat in the middle of the pack. But after Steindl got his kings cracked to double up Gupta, Yan moved into the top spot after sending American Derek Wolters home sixth.
Yan was relentlessly aggressive the rest of the way and got the cards when he needed them, holding with pocket jacks against a suited ace to felt Max Chin fifth, and ending Steindl's run in fourth when the latter ran tens into Yan's queens.
After the deal was made, Yan picked up pocket aces to eliminate Gupta and simply leaned on Sergi until he had secured his first Aussie Millions title.
Final Table Results
|1||David Yan||New Zealand||$117,000|
|6||Derek Wolters||United States||$17,625|
The $2,500 8-Game Mixed Draws 64
Event #7: $2,500 8-Game Mixed drew 64 entries at the Crown Poker Room on Wednesday, creating a $144,000 prize pool that will pay the top seven spots.
A minimum cash is worth $8,640 and along with an LK Boutique Aussie Millions championship ring, the winner will earn $47,520 in prize money. The remaining players will return to play down to a winner Thursday.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will have live updates throughout the day until a winner is crowned.
The $1,150 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Begins
Meanwhile the also first of three starting flights for Event #8: $1,150 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator kicked off at the Crown Entertainment Complex on Wednesday.
This unique event allows players to enter multiple starting flights and combine the stacks they build heading into the event's second day. The first flight drew more than 160 players and the field is expected to grow exponentially with two more starting flights set for Thursday and Friday in Melbourne.
Poker's Biggest Stars Descend Upon Crown
With the 2016 Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge starting Friday and the $100,000 Challenge and LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge just around the corner, some of poker's biggest superstars have made their way to Crown already.
The winner of the inaugural $250,000 High Roller event at the 2011 Aussie Millions — the biggest buy-in event in poker history at the time — American poker legend Erik Seidel arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday saying he loves the Aussie Millions and the tournaments at Crown are some of the best run events in the world.
"Aussie Millions is my favorite event of year," Seidel said. "Melbourne is a great city, the food is excellent, the people are friendly, there's tennis, warm weather, and the staff at Crown are the best is the business."
Twitch poker star Jason Somerville also arrived Wednesday, ready to bring the Aussie Millions to a whole new audience with his uniquely entertaining live stream beginning January 24.
Plus, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree boarded a plane bound for Melbourne on Wednesday, claiming she loves the city and is eager to get in on the Aussie Millions action.
The 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Continues
The 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship continues Thursday January 21, 2016 with the final day of Event #7: $2,500 8-Game Mixed beginning at 1 p.m.
Wednesday will also see the second of three starting flights for Event #8 $1,150 No Limit Holdem Accumulator get going just after 12 p.m.