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Event #11: $10,600 Main Event



Event #11: $10,600 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Tony Dunst Leads the Aussie Millions Main Event After Day 3

donpeters • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Tony Dunst
Tony Dunst

Tony Dunst was once kicked out of the country of Australia after living here for quite some time and overstaying his allowance, but he's back and on a mission to win the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event. To help him reach that ultimate goal, Dunst amassed the most chips on Day 3 and will lead the final 40 players into Day 4 with 1.627 million in chips.

After he finished extremely strong on Wednesday's Day 2 with a double knockout of Julius Colman and Richard Ashby, Dunst was up to his tricks again on Day 3 with another double elimination. This time it was Philipp Gruissem and Pascal Hartmann that he sent to the rail thanks to flopping an ace with ace-jack against queens and nines.

Finishing Day 3 with the second largest stack was James Obst with 1.196 million in chips. Then Samantha Abernathy (1.195 million), Alexander Lynskey (1.073 million), and Artur Koren (1.009 million) rounded out the top five.

When the day began, 150 players remained. The top 80 spots were set to reach the money, but after four levels of play, 81 still remained at the dinner break. Upon return, it didn't take long for the bubble to burst, and it was Mark Bevan falling as the last player to go home empty-handed.

Bevan was all in with the {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} against the {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} for Koren. The flop, turn, and river stayed clean of an ace, and Koren scored the elimination. With that, everyone left had locked up at least AU$15,000.

From there, the eliminations quickly began to mount. First, it was Liv Boeree who hit the rail in 80th place, followed by Joe Hachem in 79th. Others to finish in the money were Max Silver (72nd), Sam Cohen (61st), Nick Yunis (54th), Jared Graham (53rd), and Michael Egan (45th).

A flurry of eliminations at the end of the night saw Daniel Engels hit the rail in 44th, Sam Steindl fall in 43rd, Victor Teng finish in 42nd, and Jimmy Siu bust in 41st to close out play. In fact, it was Dunst who busted Steindl in one of the final hands to help pad his chip lead.

With Day 3 done and dusted, the surviving competitors will return at 12:30 p.m. local time to Crown Melbourne to further battle towards the top prize of AU$1.6 million. All those remaining are guaranteed at least AU$25,000, but as we all know, those left have their sights set on much, much more.

Stay tuned for more Aussie Millions Main Event coverage on Friday right here on PokerNews.

Table and Seat Draw for Day 4

Webjoker • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
91Mikel HabbAustralia210,00018
92Alexandros KoloniasMalta567,00047
93James KeenanNew Zealand76,0006
94Andrew BassatAustralia478,00040
95Adam MonaghanAustralia601,00050
96Derek WoltersAustralia316,00026
97Artur KorenAustria1,109,00092
98Chu Kheng OngAustralia662,00055
101Adeel ShaikhAustralia221,00018
102Yunhsiang FanChinese Taipei91,0008
103Aaron BlanchAustralia313,00026
104John ChuAustralia325,00027
105Samantha AbernathyUnited States1,195,000100
106Jessica DawleyUnited States302,00025
107Alex LeeSingapore555,00046
108Jack O'NeillAustralia703,00059
251Laurence HallAustralia233,00019
252Adam ReynoldsAustralia422,00035
253Yuki KoJapan828,00069
254Tino LechichAustralia364,00030
255Alexander LynskeyAustralia1,073,00089
256Lukas SoucekCzech Republic160,00013
257Dylan HoneymanAustralia726,00060
258John ApostolidisAustralia561,00047
281James ObstAustralia1,196,000100
282Bobby ZhangAustralia809,00067
283Martin RoweAustralia729,00061
284Thomas MillerAustralia194,00016
285Ari EngelCanada834,00070
286Xingrong RenChina692,00058
287Tony DunstUnited States1,627,000136
288Joseph SandaevAustralia270,00023
311Kitty KuoChinese Taipei783,00065
312Sinan AydoganAustralia683,00057
313Stephen ChidwickUnited States388,00032
314Ka Cheong WongHong Kong423,00035
315Cankai ZhangAustralia315,00026
316Michael WangAustralia538,00045
317William ChattawayUnited Kingdom403,00034
318Andrew MichaelAustralia159,00013

End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Tony Dunst us
Tony Dunst
us 1,627,000 -123,000
James Obst au
James Obst
au 1,196,000 386,000
Samantha Abernathy us
Samantha Abernathy
us 1,195,000 5,000
Alexander Lynskey au
Alexander Lynskey
au 1,073,000
Artur Koren at
Artur Koren
at 1,009,000 56,000
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 834,000 194,000
Bobby Zhang au
Bobby Zhang
au 809,000 -211,000
Kitty Kuo tw
Kitty Kuo
tw 783,000 73,000
Martin Rowe au
Martin Rowe
au 729,000 59,000
Dylan Honeyman au
Dylan Honeyman
au 726,000 366,000
Jack O'Neill gb
Jack O'Neill
gb 703,000 122,000
Xingrong Ren CN
Xingrong Ren
CN 692,000 -8,000
Sinan Aydogan AU
Sinan Aydogan
AU 683,000 243,000
James Ong AU
James Ong
AU 662,000 92,000
Adam Monaghan au
Adam Monaghan
au 601,000 46,000
Alexandros Kolonias gr
Alexandros Kolonias
gr 567,000 117,000
John Apostolidis AU
John Apostolidis
AU 561,000 -29,000
Alex Lee sg
Alex Lee
sg 555,000 391,000
Michael Wang us
Michael Wang
us 538,000 -102,000
Andrew Bassat AU
Andrew Bassat
AU 478,000 -87,000
KC Wong HK
KC Wong
HK 423,000 228,000
Adam Reynolds gb
Adam Reynolds
gb 422,000 140,000
Billy Chattaway gb
Billy Chattaway
gb 403,000 -417,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 388,000 -457,000
Tino Lechich au
Tino Lechich
au 364,000 212,000

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Lynskey Busts Siu in Last Hand

zedmaster84 • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Jimmy Siu
Jimmy Siu

In the very last hand of the day, Alexander Lynskey raised enough out of the small blind to put Jimmy Siu all in and at risk. Siu called and flipped over the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}, well ahead of Lynskey's {5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}.

The flop {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} gave Siu top pair and Lynskey a gutshot. With the {K-Spades} turn, nothing really changed as only a seven would reduce the field to 40 players. Sure enough the {7-Clubs} hit on the river and that sent Siu to the rail just shy of making Day 4.

Alexander Lynskey au
Alexander Lynskey
au 1,073,000 543,000
Jimmy Siu AU
Jimmy Siu
AU Busted

Tags: Alexander LynskeyJimmy Siu

Confused Man Takes Tournament Chip from Featured Table

donpeters • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Just when you think you've seen about everything there is to see in a poker tournament, it gets even more interesting.

In an event unlike anything we've ever seen, a man walked up to the feature table and sat down in the empty Seat 7 at the table.

"Hey man, are you gonna play?" Andrew Michael, in Seat 6, said.

The man seemed confused and put a $1 cash chip on the table, while he remained silent.

"First I thought he was just a new player, but it was kind of strange since he didn't bring any chips with him," Michael told us on the break about 30 minutes later. "He just put his dollar chip on the table and then looked over at my chips."

As interesting and confusing as that situation seems to be, there's more.

"He never said a word, and looked very confused, and then he got up and looked over at my chips," Michael continued. "He probably saw '1,000' written on it and grabbed one of them."

That's right, the man who had taken his seat at the feature table, then took a chip off Michael's stack. He then attempted to leave the table, tournament chip and all.

"I never would've done anything to him, as I know the situation would get resolved quickly either way, but yeah, he just got up and left," Michael said.

Play continued after that, while the tournament staff promptly turned their attention towards the matter.

As the gentleman tried to exit the stage, a few members of the production staff were trying to block his way. After a brief interaction, one of the head supervisors told the production staff to let the man go. The man then paced through the main aisle and made his way to the cage.

At this point, a group of security staff gathered, and kept their distance as they watched to see what the man was up to. The man, who was visibly confused, tried to cash out his 1,000-denomination chip, but tournament chips hold no cash value.

While all of this was going on, the action in the tournament continued. On the feature table, Michael's chip was quickly replaced.

Back over at the cage, a group of security guards looked on as one guard approached the man to question him and ask him for identification.

The man could be heard saying "I just want to cash my chip" as the tournament chip laid in front of him at the cashier's cage.

After security talked with the man, he was asked to leave, and security escorted him as he left. Upon reaching the backside of the poker room, tears could be seen on the man's face as he headed up the escalator, and it became more apparent that that the man was indeed disoriented.

In the end, nothing bad happened, and the tournament continued on as normal, much to the credit of how the players and Crown staff handled the situation in a professional and efficient manner.

Tags: Andrew Michael

Obst Drills The River to Eliminate Teng

Happy_Freaked • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Victor Teng
Victor Teng

Victor Teng raised before the flop to 22,000 and James Obst three-bet to 57,000. The action folded back to Teng and he moved all in for 285,000 chips. Obst shrugged and called, creating a huge all-in pot.

Teng: {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}
Obst: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}

The board ran out {5-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts} and when the eight hit the river, Teng threw the chips he had in his hand on the felt. Teng ran away from the table and folded himself over the rail in disappointment. Obst remained silent as he stacked his newly won chips, and Teng ultimately returned to the table to shake hands with his former opponent.s

James Obst au
James Obst
au 810,000 538,000
Victor Teng au
Victor Teng
au Busted

Tags: James ObstVictor Teng

Dunst Busts Another to Extend Chip Lead

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Tony Dunst raised to 22,000 from early position and Sam Steindl called from the hijack. Tino Lechich came along from the big blind and three players took a flop of {7-Hearts}{j-Spades}{q-Hearts}. Lechich checked, Dunst continued for 35,000, and Steindl moved all in for right around 180,000 total. Lechich folded and Dunst snap-called.

Dunst: {q-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Steindl: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}

Dunst flopped big to pull ahead of Steindl's aces, and he held as the {K-Diamonds} appeared on the turn followed by the {5-Hearts} on the river.

Tony Dunst us
Tony Dunst
us 1,750,000 200,000
Sam Steindl AU
Sam Steindl
AU Busted

Tags: Sam SteindlTony Dunst

Daniel Engels Eliminated

Webjoker • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Artur Koren vs Daniel Engels
Artur Koren vs Daniel Engels

It was a battle of the blinds, and it was a set up in the blinds as Artur Koren and Daniel Engels clashed.

It started off with Artur Koren raising from the small blind and Daniel Engels calling from the big. Koren fired a 28,000 continuation bet on {6-Spades}{7-Spades}{J-Hearts} and Engels raised to 76,000. Koren made the call.

The turn came the {A-Hearts} and Koren checked. Engels made a bet of 116,000 (with 170,000 behind) and Koren called.

Koren checked again on the {3-Diamonds} river. Engels shoved all in and Koren snap called by tossing in some chips.

Engels tabled {6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for a flopped two pair, but he was out turned by Koren who showed {A-Spades}{7-Clubs}.

Artur Koren at
Artur Koren
at 953,000 319,000
Daniel Engels at
Daniel Engels
at Busted

Tags: Artur KorenDaniel Engels

Five More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

The tournament officials have stated that the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to capture any last-minute action and to compile a list of chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 3 action.