Everything that the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event was building towards crystallized on Day 4 of this five-day event. We saw big names sent to the rail, expert play, some gamble and lots and lots of flops. We also finished two hours earlier than anticipated, which brought a sigh of relief from the beleaguered media row.
Sweden's hopes for multiple representation at the Main Event final table were dashed early when Day 3 chip leader Michael Tureniec started freefalling through the counts. He ended up on the rail in 19th place, most certainly a disappointing finish. The other Swede in the field, Annica Ivert, fared better, but ultimately was busted in 11th place after getting her chips in with the best preflop hand.
That left room for others to make a charge. Aussie Stewart Scott picked up the baton and started sprinting with it, moving up, up, up through the counts. He is the far and away chip leader heading into the final table after using his big stack to hammer away at all of the smaller stacks on his table as play tightened. Scott finished the day with 4.52 million chips, almost double his nearest competitor and roughly a third of the total chips in play. He has given Australia its best shot ever of crowning its own Aussie Millions Main Event champion.
Tomorrow we move upstairs out of the poker room, to the television studio for the televised final table. Fortune and glory, Dr. Jones, await the winner of the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event. Who will it be?
We'll be bringing you hand-by-hand coverage of the final table. Play kicks off at 12:30pm tomorrow. Get some sleep!