Jack Sinclair Outlasts a Star-Studded Final Table to Win Aussie Millions Event #17
United Kingdom's Jack Sinclair shipped the 2018 Aussie Millions Event #17: A$2,500 No Limit Hold'em for A$126,240 ($102,034) for his third cash this festival.
Sinclair, who now has more than $1.9 million in live tournament cashes, has been on a roll since bursting on the live poker scene in a big way after taking eighth place in the 2017 WSOP Main Event for $1.2 million with three six-figure cashes in the past six months.
The tournament attracted 229 entrants to generate a huge A$515,250 prize pool. This represents a massive 16 percent increase over the 198 entrants in the event last year won by Australia's George Psarras for A$111,385.
Aussie Millions Event #17: A$2,500 No Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize in A$||Prize in US$|
|1||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||A$126,240||$102,034|
|2||Simon Burns||United Kingdom||A$82,245||$66,636|
|7||Craig McCorkell||United Kingdom||A$21,890||$17,693|
|9||Kevin MacPhee||United States||A$12,880||$10,410|
A total of 24 players cashed in the event for at least A$4,635. Among the notable players to cash but miss out on the final table included Christian Harder (24th - A$12,880), Adam Owen (19th - A$5,150) and Daniel Strelitz (13th A$7,730).
The nine-hour final table featured many big names in both poker and sports. First to go at the final table was one of the lesser-known local players in 2014 WSOP APAC side-event winner Paul Altis in 10th place for A$10,305.
The most accomplished player with more than $5.7 million in cashes, American Kevin MacPhee was the next player eliminated in ninth place for A$12,880. While MacPhee's resume is absent an Aussie Millions win, he has previously shipped an EPT Main Event and two WSOP gold bracelets including a win the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2015.
German WSOP gold bracelet winner Jens Lakemeier missed out on his second Aussie Millions win after bowing out in seventh place for A$16,795. Lakemeier also missed out on a chance to surpass the $1 million mark in live cashes, which he would have accomplished with a win in this tournament.
British WSOP gold bracelet winner Craig McCorkell, who has $2.3 million in live tournament cashes, secured his ninth Aussie Millions cash with a seventh-place finish worth A$21,890.
Next to go was Germany's Christian Christner in sixth place for A$27,055. The cash was not only his first at an Aussie Millions event but also helped him surpass the $4 million mark in lifetime live poker tournament cashes.
Australia's Hamish Crawshaw was one of the few players at the final table to not be a household name. He recorded his third Aussie Millions cash after bowing out in fifth place for A$33,495 for his biggest-ever live poker tournament cash.
Fellow Aussie Shane Warne is best-known for his prolific international cricket career. He has once again proven he can play poker as well, recording his second largest cash in his poker career with a fourth-place finish worth A$41,225.
Italy's Gianluca Speranza notched his fourth Aussie Millions cash after exiting the tournament in third place for A$53,075 and now has more than $1.8 million in live tournament cashes to his name.
This left a pair of Brits with Simon Burns and Sinclair battling it out heads-up for the title. Sinclair prevailed to "ship the cheese" and win the coveted ANTON ring while Horowitz added to his almost $500,000 in lifetime cashes after banking a healthy runner-up prize of A$82,245.
SHIP THE CHEESE https://t.co/C1LWAYHUto— Jack Sinclair (@jacksincredible)
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