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2014 Aussie Millions Main Event Day 3: Fazzino Leads; Seiver, Mizzi, Seidel Advance

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Day 3 of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event is in the books, and leading the remaining 36 players is Salvatore Fazzino. On the final hand of the night, Fazzino eliminated one time chip leader Gareth Dwyer when both players flopped a set. Fazzino’s set of jacks trumped Dwyer’s set of fours, and the money went in the middle. Dwyer was unable to make quads, and exited just shy of Day 4.

Scott Seiver and Sorel Mizzi also finished the day with over a million chips. Seiver won a massive 1.5 million-chip pot off of Florian Bussman in Level 18 when the two got into a preflop raising war. Faced with a raise, Bussman put in a three-bet to 59,000, and Seiver cold four-bet to 146,000. Bussman clicked it back, making it 233,000 to go, Seiver moved all in for 736,000, and Bussman called.

Bussmann: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Seiver: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}

The aces held up as the flop, turn, and river came {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades}{j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}, and Seiver was suddenly the top stack in the room.

Aussie Millions Main Event Top 10 Stacks

1Salvatore Fazzino1,540,000
2Darren Rabinowitz1,232,000
3Scott Seiver1,133,000
4Sorel Mizzi1,099,000
5Patrick Crivell1,040,000
6Andrew Phaedonas1,005,000
7Tam Truong1,005,000
8Jonathan Duhamel935,000
9Ami Barer917,000
10Erik Seidel828,000

Four members of Team PokerStars Pro are still alive – Raymond Wu, Jonathan Duhamel, Liv Boeree, and Jason Mercier. The latter three are looking to add another major victory to their poker résumé, while Wu is in search of his second career six-figure score.

Also reaching the penultimate day are Jeff Rossiter, Eoghan O'Dea, Craig McCorkell, Jake Balsiger, and Jae Kyung "Simba" Sim.

Falling just short of Day 4 but busting in the money were, among others, WPT Champions Club member Paul Klann, Big One for One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari, and 2013 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Marco Johnson.

The bubble burst in Level 16, when Luke Downs moved all in for less than five big blinds with {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}. Perth’s Patrick Healy looked him up from the big blind with {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}, and held as the board ran out {a-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. From there, dozens of players quickly hit the rail, and were off to collect a min-cash from the cage.

Several players were unable to fight there way into the money, and among the players to exit empty-handed were Dean Schneider, Paul Newey, Jarod Ludemann, Jason Pritchard, Stevan Chew, and Tom Grigg. Ludemann was eliminated in a massive pot where he and Rhys Jones both flopped a set. Unfortunately for Ludemann, Jones’ set of sixes trumped his set of fours, and he was unable to hit quads on the river.

The remaining 36 players will return at 12:15 p.m. local time tomorrow, where they will form six tables of six. The plan is to play until an official final table of six, and those players will enjoy a day off on Saturday.

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