Event 9 - $10,500 Aussie Millions Main Event
Event 9 - $10,500 Aussie Millions Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Day Three Concluded

Will an Aussie be celebrating the title this year?
Will an Aussie be celebrating the title this year?
Day Three has come to an end. We started the day with 81 players and have ended with just 28 left. Among the notable eliminations today were: Joe Hachem, David Kruger, Joe Cabret and bubble boy Canadian Pokernews qualifier Will Zemljaric, who all bit the bullet before the money.

Throughout the day we saw the top of the chip counts change multiple times with Christopher Chronis, Stewart Scott, Annica Ivert and Annette Obrestad all taking turns as chipleader. It is fitting then that the overnight chip leader is none of the above. Michael Tureniec is our current leader at 1,072,000 chips.

It will be very interesting to see the make up of the final table. Last year just two foreigners made the final table, but that didn't stop an all international heads up match taking place. Will the Aussies be embarrased at their home title once again? Or, will it be an Aussie holding the bracelet aloft this year? Join us tomorrow at 12:30pm local time as we play down to the final table of the 2009 Aussie Million Poker Championship Main Event.

Leonid Cai Eliminated in 29th Place (AU$40,000)

Leonid Cai has become the final elimination of day three. Preflop Cai called a raise from Michael Tureniec to 16,000. Both players checked the {j-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{q-Spades} flop and Tureniec fired out 26,000 on the turn {4-Diamonds} which Cai check called. Finally on the river {7-Spades} Tureniec bet enough to put Cai all in and he made the call.

Tureniec flipped {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts} for a flopped straight and Cai mucked and headed for the rail.

Tags: Leonid CaiMichael Tureniec

Ivert Forces Scott to Fold

Annica Ivert has forced a costly fold from Stewart Scott late in the days play.

Preflop Scott raised to 16,000 and was re-raised by Ivert to 44,000. Scott made the call and they saw a flop of {7-Spades}{q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} which both players checked. The turn brought {6-Diamonds} which saw Ivert check call a 50,000 chip bet from Scott to go the river.

On the river {3-Spades} Ivert bet out 50,000, and Scott came over the top for 102,000. Ivert moved all in, in response and Scott had a big decision to make.

In the end he folded leaving himself with 628,000. Ivert now has 709,000.

Play Slowing

Play is slowing down for the night as we approach the last fifteen minutes of play.

Ivert's Tank-Bet Backfires

Annica Ivert has played excellent poker throughout this Main Event. Part of excellent poker is taking aggressive chances, and another part is knowing when to surrender. Ivert check-raised Zach Fellows from 11,000 to 36,000 on a flop of {8-Spades} {3-Hearts} {4-Spades}. Fellows made the call, and then called another 48,000 when the turn fell {Q-Spades}.

The river was the {A-Diamonds}. Ivert was first to act and tanked for approximately three minutes before betting 68,000. Then it was Fellows' turn to tank, for another a minute, before raising to 180,000. Ivert quickly folded, preserving a stack of 430,000 chips. Fellows is up to 590,000.

Tags: Annica IvertZach Fellow

"You're Good."

Swedish player Michael Tureniec took a small pile of chips off of Christian Heich without ever improving on his preflop hand. Tureniec started with {A-Clubs} {Q-Spades} in the hole and took a raised flop with Heich. That flop was {9-Hearts} {K-Clubs} {K-Hearts} and brought a bet of 38,000 from Tureniec. Heich called.

Both players checked the {4-Spades} turn. The river double-paired the board, {9-Diamonds}. Tureniec checked it over to Heich, who made a stab with a bet of 50,000. Tureniec called and opened his hand, showing {A-Clubs} {Q-Spades} for two pair, kings and nines with an ace kicker. Apparently that was good, because Heich mucked.

Tags: Christian HeichMichael Tureniec

Another Setback for Scott

Stewart Scott has been trending downward a bit over the course of the last hour. He opened for 16,000 in early position and was called by Zach Fellows. Scott made a continuation bet of 25,000 on the {9-Hearts} {A-Clubs} {5-Diamonds} flop. Fellows called again.

When the turn came {9-Spades}, Scott slowed down. He checked to Fellows, then called a bet of 50,000. That brought the two players to the river, which fell {5-Hearts}. Scott checked again, prompting Fellows to bet 125,000. Scott flashed the {A-Spades} before folding.

Fellows is closing in on half a million chips. Scott has less than 900,000 now.

Tags: Chris FellowsStewart Scott

Damon Lum Eliminated in 30th Place (AU$40,000)

Damon Lum has been eliminated in 30th place by Grant Levy.

Levy opened to 16,000 and Lum moved over the top all in for 135,000. Levy made the call and off to the races they went.

Levy {A-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}
Lum {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

The {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} flop was bad for Lum. The {2-Clubs} turn prolonging his tournament life by one street, the {k-Diamonds} river sealing the nut flush for Levy and moving him up to 520,000.

Tags: Damon LumGrant Levy

Pongrass Doubles

Tom Pongrass has just doubled through Stewart Scott. Pongrass open shoved preflop from the button for 62,000 and Scott made the call in the small blind. Pongrass tabled {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and was in good shape against the {q-Spades}{10-Spades} of Scott.

The board ran out {j-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} to double through Pongrass to 138,000. Scott drops to 920,000.

Tags: Stewart ScottTom Pongrass