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2009 Aussie Millions Event #7, $1,650 NLHE w/ Bounties Day 1: Shootout Tables Set

2009 Aussie Millions Event #7, $1,650 NLHE w/ Bounties Day 1: Shootout Tables Set 0001

Event #7 of the <a href=>2009 Aussie Millions</a> featured one of the most unique formats on the tournament circuit. The $1,650 no-limit hold'em tournament was a bounty event, with one player at each table sporting a bounty tag around his neck. Whoever could eliminate the bounty player collected a AUD $1,000 prize on the spot, sprinkling extra payouts throughout the field. To further add to the action, players were given only 20 seconds to act on each hand, with no extensions. Once the field thinned to 32 players, the format shifted to a four-table shootout, with the final two survivors from each table earning a seat at the final table.

The unique format and potential for large profits drew a whopping 449 entrants to the event, prompting some quick thinking by tournament staff. Originally intending to play down to the final table on Day1, the decision was made midway through Day 1 to halt play for the day at 32 players, and play the shootout and final table on Day 2.

The tournament offered plenty of big names as bounties, including David Saab, Lee Nelson, Julian Powell, Michael Vartan and Peter Aristidou. Also in the field were players that had already logged a lot of success at the 2009 Aussie Millions including Van Marcus, Billy "The Croc" Argyros and Michael Guzzardi. David Saab startled his tablemates early in the event when he shouted "Yay! It wasn't me!" He was referring to the unfortunate status of being the first bounty player eliminated from the event. That dubious distinction went to Julian Powell, who busted in the first level. Saab joined him on the rail soon after, as did Michael Vartan, who ran {a-Spades}{q-Hearts} into pocket aces to exit. The early levels were tough on the bounty players, as Peter Aristidou, Mike "Timex" McDonald, and James Obst also headed to the rail.

Vesko Zmukic made the most of the bounty format, picking up two bounties before he busted just short of the money. His second came at the expense of Sam Khouiss, who moved all in over the top of Zmukic and Warwick Mirzikinian on a flop of {k-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. Zmukic and Mirzikinian both called, and Zmukic moved all in when the {8-Hearts} landed on the turn. Mirzikinian called with {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for the flush, but he was drawing to one out against Zmukic's {j-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. Khouiss was drawing dead with K-9, and the {4-Diamonds} on the river shipped the pot and Khouiss' bounty to Zmukic. Zmukic busted before the money bubble, but still showed a profit on the day thanks to the bounties he collected.

Even with the short time limit for action, it was well into the evening before the bubble approached. Pam MacNaughton busted on the bubble, leaving the family hopes resting on brother John, who played his way into the day's biggest stack. Pam moved all in from the button with {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, and found action from Sean Keeton in the big blind, who woke up with pocket queens. The board of {5-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{3-Clubs}{10-Spades}{4-Clubs} brought no ace for MacNaughton, and she headed to the rail empty-handed.

With only eight eliminations between the first bubble and the shootout bubble to end Day 1, it seemed like only moments between the two. Among the quick casualties between bubbles was Billy "The Croc" Argyros, who still picked up another Aussie Millions cash. Argyros moved all in preflop with {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and found himself in a race against Eric Assadourian's {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}. The flop ended the suspense quickly, bringing a king. The board ran out {k-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{k-Spades}{6-Clubs}, and Argyros picked up $2,520 for his finish. Assadourian dragged the pot and picked up Argyros' $1,000 bounty to boot.

Mario Doria became the shootout bubble boy when he busted in 33rd place ($2,520). He took a three-way flop with Tom Pongrass and Steve Boots when he moved all in preflop with {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Boots moved all in on the {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop, and Pongrass called, showing {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}. Boots was in good shape with {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}, and his queens held up as the turn and river ran out {9-Clubs}{6-Hearts}. As Doria headed to the exit, Boots moved into the top ten in chips to end Day 1.

John MacNaughton finished the day as the chip leader, with the remaining 32 players were seeded into their shootout tables based on chip counts. Other notable survivors included Eric Assadourian, Ben Delaney, Michael Chrisanthopoulos, Liv Boeree and Josh Field, as well as Event #1 runner-up Steve Topakas.

The complete redraw for Day 2 produced these seating assignments and chip counts:

Table 32

Seat 1: Liv Boeree – 57,300

Seat 2: Alexander Debus – 18,200

Seat 3: Jim Mastorakos – 54,100

Seat 4: Edison Nguyen – 123,600

Seat 5: Danny Joukhadar – 70,200

Seat 6: Neville Eber – 127,800

Seat 7: Matthew Lea – 73,200

Seat 8: Graham Woodbine – 27,200

Table 31

Seat 1: Tom Pongrass – 8,500

Seat 2: Ben Delaney – 86,300

Seat 3: Cort Kibler Melby – 61,900

Seat 4: Antonis Kambouroglou – 62,500

Seat 5: Eric Assadourian – 100,300

Seat 6: Josh Field – 39,000

Seat 7: John McNaughton – 181,300

Seat 8: Con Cotsomitis – 37,900

Table 30

Seat 1: Sean Keeton – 145,400

Seat 2: Chriss Barratt – 58,800

Seat 3: Michael Chrisanthopolous – 67,200

Seat 4: Stephen Boots – 120,300

Seat 5: Luke Santo – 16,400

Seat 6: Con Angelakis – 73,200

Seat 7: Oliver Gill – 54,100

Seat 8: Neil Channing – 31,500

Table 29

Seat 1: Jai Kemp – 105,600

Seat 2: Anthony Kellett – 16,100

Seat 3: Aaron Jacobs – 45,000

Seat 4: Steve Topakas – 82,400

Seat 5: Sherrie Gelberg – 60,400

Seat 6: Con Kamaras – 63,800

Seat 7: Bohden Schaaps – 32,000

Seat 8: Saidal Wardak – 146,300

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