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Jack Sinclair Outlasts a Star-Studded Final Table to Win Aussie Millions Event #17

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  • Jack Sinclair outlasts Christian Christner, Craig McCorkell, Jens Lakemeir and Kevin MacPhee.

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

PlacePlayerCountryPrize in A$Prize in US$
1Jack SinclairUnited KingdomA$126,240$102,034
2Simon BurnsUnited KingdomA$82,245$66,636
3Gianluca SperanzaItalyA$53,075$42,898
4Shane WarneAustraliaA$41,225$33,320
5Hamish CrawshawAustraliaA$33,495$27,072
6Christian ChristnerGermanyA$27,055$21,867
7Craig McCorkellUnited KingdomA$21,890$17,693
8Jens LakemeierGermanyA$16,795$13,534
9Kevin MacPheeUnited StatesA$12,880$10,410
10Paul AltisAustraliaA$10,305$8,329

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.

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