Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Rebuy tournaments are hardly ever on a big tournament schedule but the Aussie Millions decided to host another event for the players willing to gamble in the first hour. The $1,100 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy tournament attracted 92 players who accounted for 331 rebuys, creating a massive $423,000 prize pool. After a long first day, Marvin Rettenmaier leads the way as we have only ten players remaining who are all gunning for the $122,670 first place prize.
The action started off at 12:30 pm local time and players didn't hesitate getting their money in the pot. There were all ins left and right and Jim Collopy, Faraz Jaka and McLean Karr were amongst the first to fork over another $1,000. Isaac Baron had enough after only a couple of all-ins, calling it quits after his aces were cracked by pocket nines.
After the rebuy period it was Toby Lewis who was ahead with 19,000 in chips followed by Lithuanian Dominykas Karmazinas and EPT winner Mark Teltscher. Australian Grant Levy left the tournament soon after the rebuy period ended when he ran his kings into aces. Additionally, James Demspey and Joe 'BigEgypt' Elpayaa couldn't recover from their short stacks and also headed for the rail rather quickly.
Randy Dorfman quickly took over the chip lead when he won a big pot against Eoghan O'Dea with against . Dorfman had flopped two pair against O'Dea who had top pair top kicker. Dorfman couldn't enjoy his big stack for a long time as he got involved in a huge pot with young Brit Ashley Mason. After a pre flop raising war, Dorfman and Mason got the chips into the middle with and respectively. Mason ended up hitting a set of queens to eliminate Dorfman.
Collopy, who had to rebuy quite a few times, ended up busting Lewis which gave the young American a very big stack. Collopy had flopped top two pair against Lewis who had the worst of it with a lower two pair. Around the same time it was Salman Behbehani who ran into aces with his pocket kings in a blind battle against South African Jarred Solomon. Solomon was cruising after that hand, though he didn't manage to reach the money. Likewise, the winner of this event in 2011, Oliver Speidel, made a run deep into the tournament but failed to cash. Here is how the action went down.
Dan Kelly was under the gun and raised to 800. Speidel then moved all in for 9,125, which cleared the field all the way back to Marvin Rettenmaier in the small blind. He asked for a count on Kelly, who had about 15,000 behind, and then moved all in over the top. Kelly flashed and folded.
Speidel, who defeated a field of 86 players last year in this very event to capture a $100,595 prize, was in big trouble and in desperate need of a ten. Unfortunately for him, it was not meant to be as the board ran out . Speidel, who finished runner up in the $1,100 NLHE Shootout the other day, was eliminated and Rettenmaier is up 33,000 chips now.
And then there's this hand. Dan Smith was sitting pretty with a big stack but within one orbit all his chips vanished. He lost his last chips in brutal fashion and we were right there to catch the action.
Sometimes you witness hands that are just too sick to be true. Online you might have seen it a couple of times but in a live poker tournament a hand like this hardly ever shows up. It started off pretty normal with a 2,900 chip shove from Dan Smith who was under the gun. Billy Jordanou, who was to his left, made the call after which the remaining players folded.
Smith sighed and knew his chances of survival were slim. The flop brought out and Smith started laughing just like the rest of the table. Then the hit the turn and Smith said, "I would totally be awesome it if you hit the jack". And then the poker room exploded as the hit the river. All the players watching the action went crazy and everyone ran over to the table. Smith just got knocked out in brutal fashion and people will be talking about this hand for a very long time!
[SUP]Dan Kelly's brutal bust out[/SUP]
After the room quieted down the action continued to be fast paced. A lot of big-name players were gunning for a spot at the final table but we said goodbye to Ty Reiman, Jamie Rosen, Eoghan O'Dea and McLean Karr.
In 13th place, local player Billy Jordanou hit the rail after running his pocket sevens into Dan Kelly's . The flop gave Kelly a king bringing the field down to twelve players. Dominykas Karmazinas was the next to go as he ran into the pocket kings of Jonathan Karamalikis, who eclipsed the 100,000 chip mark after the hand. Meanwhile Mike Watson had taken over the chip lead from Michael Pedley after battling it out in a couple of hands.
German pro Manig Loeser was our unfortunate bubble boy in event #6 after shoving all-in for just 5,900 chips and getting called by Michael Benvenuti's . Loeser turned over but couldn't hold up as Benvenuti made a flush.
Here is a look at the Event #6 Final Table:
2012 Aussie Millions Event #6 Final Table
Play will resume tomorrow at 4pm local time as we play down to a winner. This is what the remaining 10 players will be playing for:
A short-stacked Manig Loeser was under the gun and moved all in preflop for 5,900, which Michael Benvenuti called from the small blind.
"Jack-ten never loses," Grant Levy shouted from the rail. The flop certainly suggested that as Benvenuti made a pair of jacks with a flush draw, though Loeser had also paired his ace. Unfortunately for the latter, the spiked on the turn to give Benvenuti the straight. The meaningless was put out on the river as Loeser finished in 11th place, making him both our final table and money bubble boy.
Dominykas Karmazinas opened the action with a raise to 3,200 and was met with a three-bet to 7,700 by Jonathan Karamalikis. When action circled back around to Karmazinas, he shipped his stack of about 40,000 and Karamalikis snap-called.
Karmazinas was at risk and behind with his best chance of survival being an ace. The flop provided no help, and neither did the turn. If he was to survive, Karmazinas would need an ace on the river. The dealer burned . . . . Karmazinas missed and was eliminated in 12th place while Karamalikis chipped up to 102,000.
Just before the level up, Michael Benvenuti opened from the cutoff to 2,600 and Manig Loeser three-bet to 6,500. Benvenuti then moved all in for 25,300, Loeser made the call, and the cards were turned up.
It was another flip, with Loeser needing to improve if he hoped to eliminate his opponent. The flop was a blank as far as Loeser was concerned, while the turn left him drawing to a chop after delivering Benvenuti a set. The river was not what Loeser needed and he dropped to 10,000 after the hand.
Mike Watson opened for 2,400 from the hijack and received calls from Michael Pedley in the small blind and Manig Loeser in the big. When the flop fell , Pedley led out for 4,300, Loeser folded and Watson raised to 10,700. Pedley responded by three-betting to 25,000, Watson moved all in for 45,200 more, and Pedley folded.
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Dan Kelly opened for 2,500 from the cutoff and Tony Sama defended from the big blind. When the flop came down , Sama check-called a bet of 2,800, leading to the turn. Again Sama checked and Kelly bet, this time firing out 7,200. Surprisingly, Sama woke up with a check-raise to 15,200, which was enough to get Kelly to lay down his hand.
Michael Pedley opened from under the gun for 2,600 and received a call from Mike Watson on the button. Watson proceeded to call bets of 4,300 on the flop and 3,500 on the turn, bringing about the river. This time Medley fired out 7,000, which proved enough to get Watson off the hand. Medley then showed for a full house.