Day 3 Completed
|Prize Pool||1,353,000 AUD|
|Blinds||80,000 / 160,000|
Day 3 Completed
Aussie Kevin Blackwood made a miraculous comeback heads up to win the opening event of the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship and its $275,300 first-place prize at Crown Entertainment Complex on Monday.
Phachara Wongwichit dominated the final table, taking a 5:1 chip lead into heads-up play, but could not beat Blackwood, who also took home an exclusive LK Boutique Aussie Millions Championship ring by ultimately defeating a field 1,320 players put together over four starting flights this week.
The event's third and final day began with 17 players at 12:30 p.m. Monday and was quickly whittled down to nine with German Ferenc Riech going from chip leader to the final table bubble in a big hurry.
The final nine began with American Jacob Elmore Dahl and Brit Louis Salter in a dead heat for the chip lead and Wongwichit close.
Salter would soon separate himself from the pack with some aggressive play and it would take two 60-minute levels before the first player was felted.
Finally, Patrick Fletcher shoved a weak ace and Wongwichit called with a small pair, holding to send Fletcher home ninth and take the lead.
Canadian Sean Giesbrecht then ran kings into Sinan Aydogan's aces and spiked a king on the river to double through. Aydogan exited eighth a few hands later.
A short stacked Dahl jammed eights on an six-high flop into Alexandre Thomas' set of threes to say goodbye seventh.
But it was Thomas himself who busted sixth, running a weak ace into Wongwichit strong one, leaving Wongwichit with more than four million chips five handed.
Stephen Koutsouvelis busted fifth when he lost a coinflip versus Blackwood's pair and Giesbrecht was the next player out, becoming yet another to run a weak ace into Wongwichit strong one.
Wongwichit had over seven million chips when three-handed play began and when he busted Salter third, getting lucky with a dominated ace of his own, he took a 5:1 chip lead into heads up play with Blackwood.
Within an hour, Blackwood had turned things around and taken the lead himself, running extremely hot and pummelling Wongwichit into virtual submission to secure his first Aussie Millions title.
Phachara Wongwichit was chipped down further until only eight big blinds remained when Kevin Blackwood moved all in from the small blind. Wongwichit peeked at his cards and then made the call to find himself slightly ahead preflop.
Blackwood took the lead on the flop and stayed in it until after the turn and river had completed the board. Wongwichit was eliminated in second place and Event #1 had crowned its winner in Kevin Blackwood.
Phachara Wongwichit gave up a few smaller pots and then faced the limp of Kevin Blackwood. The duo checked the flop and Wongwichit then bet the turn for 200,000. Blackwood called and the action was checked to him on the river. Blackwood put 500,000 over the line and received a snap-fold.
Wongwichit raised to 350,000 and Blackwood called. The flop flop saw no betting action while Wongwichit then bet the turn for 400,000 when Blackwood had checked to him. The bet was called and the river then got checked through again. Blackwood showed and the pair of jacks won the pot.
Phachara Wongwichit raised to 380,000 and Kevin Blackwood three-bet to 880,000, which was called by Wongwichit. On the flop , both players checked. Blackwood then bet the turn for 600,000 and Wongwichit folded, got shown .
One hand later, Blackwood moved all in and scooped the big blind.
Wongwichit raised to 380,000 and Blackwood called, the flop and the turn were checked through. Blackwood's attempt at the pot with a bet of 300,000 was called by Wongwichit and the latter claimed the pot with versus .
Kevin Blackwood moved all in from the small blind in the last hand and enforced a fold. After the end of the level, the players headed into a short break and discussed possible deal numbers. Phachara Wongwichit's initial 5:1 lead has turned into a 1:2 disadvantage.
Phachara Wongwichit scooped two medium-sized pots, one with after flopping top pair, but the big pot went to Kevin Blackwood. Wongwichit had raised to 300,000 and was called. On the flop , Blackwood led for 400,000 and was called before the fell on the turn.
Blackwood fired 550,000 and Wongwichit then moved all in with his opponent snap-calling.
Only an ace would avoid another massive setback for Wongwichit, yet it was the blank river that shipped the massive double up to Blackwood.
Kevin Blackwood min-raised to 280,000 and Phachara Wongwichit made the call. The flop came and both players checked. The turn brought the and Phachara Wongwichit checked. Kevin Blackwood made it 300,000 and Wongwichit made the call. The River card was the and Wongwichit took the lead, betting 550,000. Blackwood made the call and Wongwichit opened to take down the 2mil+ pot.
Kevin Blackwood limped, Phachara Wongwichit raised to 425,000 and Blackwood then enforced a fold by moving all in. Wongwichit raised to 300,000 to claim the big blind before facing a raise to 350,000 the next hand. On the flop , Wongwichit checked and folded to a continuation bet of 400,000.
Then, Wongwichit raised to 300,000 and Blackwood called. The flop came and Blackwood check-called a bet of 365,000. The turn triggered no betting action before Blackwood moved all in as soon as the appeared on the river. Wongwichit inquired about the amount, which was approximately 4.5 million, and then folded.