MSPT Showdown Series
$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
Day 1 Completed

Final Day Seating Draw

[user162117] • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

Table 29

SeatPlayerChip Counts
1Nino Marotta138,000
2Darren Kramer135,500
3Antonis Kambouroglou187,500
4Ben Richardson259,500
5Xin Zhao226,000
6Ben Lingenfelder266,000

Table 30

SeatPlayerChip Counts
1Tanya Puppa255,000
2Jeremy Cleaver90,000
3Tudor Kondevski90,000
4Stefan Jedlicka414,000
5Kosta Mamaliadis421,000
6Peter Skouteris75,000

Table 32

SeatPlayerChip Counts
1Greg Tucker58,500
2Craig Cockburn474,500
3Joel Dodds304,000
4Brian Roberts132,500
5Tom Middleton260,500
6Tomi Aalto292,500

Cockburn Leads as 18 Remain

[user162117] • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

A huge field of poker’s elite took to the felt today in hopes of being crowned the Event 5:$1,100 NLH 6 Handed champion. It took more than twelve hours, but eventually the field dwindled down to just three tables and it was Craig Cockburn who finished up the day as the chip leader.

This same event last year featured 373 entrants and was won by Tim O’Shea. This year’s event beat that field, hosting 385 players. This amount makes for a prize pool of $385,000 and will see the eventual winner take home $84,200.

Joining the field today, but falling short of a deep run, included Jonathan Karamalikis, Vitaly Lunkin, Roberto Romanello, Van Marcus, Sam Holden, Randy Dorfman, Mario Ho, JP Kelly, Andrew Hinrichsen, Grant Levy, Dan Smith and Nacho Barbero.

As the clock drifted late into the evening, the money bubble was finally reached, with Nick Bizimoski the unlucky player to go home with no cash for his time.

After the bubble was burst, the eliminations started happening all over the tournament area, with Vesko Zmukic (36th), Tyron Krost (34th), Jesse McKenzie (29th), Jackie Glazier (28th) and Chris Moorman (20th) each bowing out as the field was down to only 27.

Tom Middleton will be happy he made the trek to Australia, managing to felt 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem. Middleton and Hachem had been rumbling all evening and eventually it seemed like Hachem had enough, four-bet shoving his stack holding {a-}{10-} and running into the {a-}{q-} of Middleton. The board brought no help for Hachem and he was sent to the rail in 27th place.

While Middleton was the first player to hover around 500,000 in chips, that wouldn’t last long as the Brit tussled in a multiple pots, sending plenty of chips to the eventual chip leader. The biggest portion of Middleton’s stack to be sent to Cockburn occurred when the two players got all the chips in on a flop showing {4-}{5-}{j-}. Middleton held {6-Spades}{7-Spades} and would need to catch some cards to beat out Cockburn’s {a-Spades}{j-Spades}. When no help came for Middleton, Cockburn became the new chip leader.

Joining Cockburn with healthy chip stacks includes Stefan Jedlicka, Joel Dodds, Ben Richardson and Kosta Mamaliadis, while Darren Kramer, Antonis Kambouroglou and Brian Roberts are also alive and well.

The final three tables are set to kick off at 4:00 pm and PokerNews will again be on the floor to provide all the live coverage as a 2012 Aussie Millions 6 Handed champions is crowned! Don't forget to join us a couple of hours earlier as the Event #6 $1,100 NLH w. Rebuys kicks off at 12:00 pm.

End of Play Chip Counts

Craig Cockburn 474,500 54,500
Kosta Mamaliadis 421,000 36,000
Stefan Jedlicka at 414,000 174,000
Joel Dodds au 304,000 254,000
Tomi Aalto 292,500 -7,500
Ben Lingenfelder 266,000
Tom Middleton gb 260,500 -9,500
Ben Richardson au 259,500
Tanya Puppa 255,000 203,000
Xin Zhao 226,000
Antonis Kambouroglou au 187,500 97,500
Nino Marotta au 138,000
Darren Kramer za 135,500 100,500
Jeremy Clever 90,000
Tudor Kondevski 90,000
Peter Skouteris 75,000
Greg Tucker 58,500

Moorman Busted; Play Concludes

MarcC • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

Chris Moorman has just been eliminated and play has now concluded! We caught him on the rail and he told us that he four-bet jammed pocket fives into an aggro player who had ace-king.

The flop was a tasty looking {7-}{4-}{3-} for Moorman, but his opponent spiked a king on the turn to bust the dangerous player.

Tags: Chris Moorman

What goes up must come down.......

MarcC • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

The wheels are now coming off somewhat for Tom Middleton. He's down to around 270,000 chips now after he doubled up Tomi Aalto.

The two got into a late position pre flop raising war before the cards were on their backs playing out for a 300,000-chip pot.

Middleton: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Aalto: {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

The board ran {3-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{k-Spades}{2-Hearts}{4-Clubs} to see the pot head to the Finn.

Tags: Tom MiddletonTomi Aalto

Middleton Decides to Share the World

MarcC • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

Tom Middleton went for a 900,000-chip stack just before the break, but saw it clipped back to a little more than 420,000.

He saw a {4-}{5-}{j-} flop before all the chips went flying into the middle between him and Craig Cockburn. Middleton tabled the drawing {6-Spades}{7-Spades}, behind his opponent’s {a-Spades}{j-Spades}. The board bricked and the two players have similar stacks in the final stretch of today’s play.

Tags: Craig CockburnTom Middleton


Beak Down

MarcC • Level 13: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

This will, in all probability, be the last break of the day. Back in ten minutes.

Middleton's Personal Blog

MarcC • Level 13: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

It's feeling that way right now as it's a one-man show. Middleton's table was broken and he was moved to table 32. The first hand he played he opened to 8,000 before Jan Suchanek three-bet to 21,000 out of the blinds.

Middleton four-bet to 52,000 and called when Suchanek five-bet jammed with ace-nice. Middleton tabled ace-king and it held up.

Tags: Tom MiddletonJan Suchanek