AM TODAY: Jan 23; Vakili dominates PLO final table to earn victory

Aussie Millions daily report – January 23, 2013

There may have been 223 players chasing the second championship ring of the 2013 Aussie Millions, but it came down to a two-horse race every bit as fiercely contested as a heavyweight title fight.

The field in the $1100 Pot Limit Omaha Event was whittled down to a final table of right by the end of day one, with Sam Vakili (857,000) and Giovanni “John” Messina (646,000) well ahead of Simon Thwaites (204,000), Nicholas Nicolaou (202,000), Trung Tran (165,000), Minh Nguyen (140,000), Vadmin Pinsky (93,000) and Graeme Putt (22,000).

The leading pair proceeded to bulldoze their way over the other six players in less than an hour to confirm their heads-up duel but, no surprisingly, it would take another three hours before the champion was decided.

After cashing in four previous Aussie Millions events, including fourth in last year’s $5000 Heads-up event, Vakili carefully picked his spot and eventually ground out a famous victory worth a career high $53,600.

Aussie Millions Event 2: $1100 Pot Limit Omaha (223 players; 20 players paid; total prizepool $223,000) final table results (payouts 9-20 yet to be supplied)

1 Sam Valiki (Australia) $53,600
2 John Messina (Australia) $37,300
3 Trung Tran (Australia) $29,125
4 Nick Nicolaou (Australia) $22,125
5 Simon Thwaites (Australia) $17,440
6 Vadmin Pinsky (Australia) $13,950
7 Minh Nguyen (Australia) $10,500
8 Graeme Putt (Australia) $7000

• The third event on the 2013 Aussie Millions schedule also kicked-off yesterday with a nice field of 210 chasing the $1100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout title.

The new leader on the list of all-time tournament winnings for a female player, Vanessa Selbst, led an impressive list of entrants while the following players won their respective tables: Richard Ashby, Ying Kit Chan, Stevan Chew, Daniel DiPasquale, Peter Evans, Shane Foglietta, Michael Guttman, David Heskin, Mike Ivin, Michael Kanaan, Sam Khouiss, Peter Longmore, Mark Malecha, Michael O’Grady, Andrew Rubinfeld, Phillip Siddell, Elliot Smith, Francesco Tripodi, Nick Van Engelenburg, Paul Van Walsem and Octavian Voegele.

Play will kick-off later today with the 21 players spread across seven tables, all of who are assured a payout of at least $2100. The top three from each table will progress to the final table of nine, which starts at noon.

Fast fact

Annette Obrestad tops the list of Aussie Millions winning for a female player – thanks mainly to her victory in the $1k PLO tournament and seventh in the Main Event in 2010, the Norwegian’s Aussie Millions roll tops AUD $266,000.

What’s on today

10.15am $250 Aussie Millions Phase 2 Satellite

12.30pm Event 4: $1100 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha

2.15pm $250 Aussie Millions Phase 2 Satellite

4.15pm $250 Aussie Millions Phase 2 Satellite

6.15pm $1150 Aussie Millions Phase 3 Supershot Satellite

9.15pm $130 Aussie Millions Main Event Rebuy Satellite

• Special thanks to Crown Poker for supplying information used in this report, photography Shannon Morris – 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship

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