2020 Aussie Millions

Aussie Millions Highlights

Seven-Handed Final Table Set: Ajez and Hachem in the Lead

Najeem Ajez
Najeem Ajez

The 2020 Aussie Millions $1,150 Six-Max Event is down to the final seven players out of a field of 560 entries, all aiming for the biggest slice of the A$574,000 prize pool and the ANTON Jewellery championship ring. Najeem Ajez, who already led the final 12 players when the action kicked off at 1 p.m. local time, remains at the top of the leader board and has pulled further ahead of the other six contenders.

After the first three levels of play on the final day, there were only eight players remaining. Jiayuan Liu, who came into the day as the shortest stack, tripled up once and doubled up twice against Pasquale Braco to keep his hopes of victory alive. Jordan Tentori was less fortunate and became the first casualty while Paul-Francois Tedeschi fell victim of the hot run of Ajez. Tedeschi flopped a set of aces and the stack went in against Ajez, who held {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} for the nut straight. Two blanks later, an enormous pot was pushed to Ajez and the field was down to 10.

Within one minute, Thomas Scholze and Shane Stark departed in 10th and 9th place respectively after they ran out of chips on different tables. Scholze was the first to go when his {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for top pair on the {8-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades} flop was no good, as once again Ajez had the best of it with the {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}. The {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} turn and river run out changed nothing whatsoever.

At nearly the same time, Shane Stark was all-in with {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades} against the {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} of Daniel Hachem and the {q-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts} turn left Hachem with some outs. One of them was the {q-Spades} and that brought the end to Stark's run.

Once the break with eight was reached, the chip counts were as follows:

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
82Kristy ArnettUnited States465,000
84Najeem AjezAustralia2,020,000
85Philipp KaempfGermany290,000
86Kian WeeSingapore64,000
101Michael TranAustralia640,000
102Daniel HachemAustralia1,237,000
105Pasquale BracoItaly417,000
106Jiayuan LiuAustralia465,000

Kian Wee was left short after he lost a race with {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} against the {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} of Kristy Arnett, as the mighty ducks held up on a board of {q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} to give Arnett a flush. It would only take one hand after the break to set up the seven-handed final table as Wee lost the remaining three big blinds with {3-Clubs}{2-Hearts} against the {8-Hearts}{8-Spades} of Ajez as he stood no chance on a {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Clubs} board.

Final Table Seat Assignments

1Najeem AjezAustralia
2Pasquale BracoItaly
3Daniel HachemAustralia
4Michael TranAustralia
5Kristy ArnettUnited States
6Philipp KaempfGermany
6Kian WeeSingapore
7Jiayuan LiuAustralia

The level duration increased from 40 to 60 minutes for the final table and the current blinds are now 12,000-24,000 with a big blind ante of 12,000.

Tags: Aussie MillionsDaniel HachemJiayuan LiuJordan TentoriKristy ArnettNajeem AjezPasquale BracoPaul-Francois TedeschiShane StarkThomas Scholze