AM TODAY: Jan 24; Guttman celebrates fourth Aussie Millions title

Aussie Millions daily report – January 24, 2013

When the Australian Poker Hall of Fame committee sit down to make their decision on inductees for 2013, the name of Michael Guttman (pictured) is sure to be considered.

A PokerNetwork Player of the Year in 2002 and 2005, ‘Sticky Micky’ can now add the claim of most Aussie Millions titles after taking out the $1100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout title.

That win takes Guttman to four Aussie Millions titles, equal with 2006 Main Event winner Lee “Final Table” Nelson. Guttman’s other wins came in 2004 ($2000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo), 2005 ($500 Pot Limit Hold’em) and 2010 ($1000 NLHE Teams Event with Mel Judah).

Day two started with 21 players remaining spread across three tables, with the top three stacks progressing to the final table, where Peter Evans held the chip lead.

Three internationals, including Canadian Elliot Smith (third in the 2009 Main Event), joined six Aussies at the final table, which came down to a battle between Guttman and New Zealand’s Shane Foglietta. It didn’t last long with Guttman flopping trips Queens against the turned two-pair of the Kiwi to score a famous victory.

Aussie Millions Event 3: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout (210 players; 21 players paid; total prizepool $210,000) results

1 Michael Guttman (Australia) $44,100
2 Shane Foglietta (Canada) $29,400
3 Phillip Siddell (Australia) $23,100
4 Daniel DiPasquale (USA) $16,800
5 Peter Longmore (Australia) $14,700
6 Mark Malecha (Australia) $12,600
7 Peter Evans (UK) $10,500
8 Frank Tripodi (Australia) $8,400
9 David Heskin (Australia) $6300
10 Michael O’Grady (Australia) $5250
11 Andrew Rubinfeld (Australia) $5250
12 Stevan Chew (Australia) $5250
13 Nick Van Engelenburg (Australia) $4200
14 Elliot Smith (Canada) $4200
15 Richard Ashby (UK) $4200
16 Michael Ivin (Australia) $3150
17 Ying Kit Chan (Hong Kong) $3150
18 Sam Khouiss (Australia) $3150
19 Octavian Voegele (Austria) $2100
20 Paul Van Walsem (UK) $2100
21 Michael Kanaan (Australia) $2100

• Another field of 200-plus field turned out for the start of the fourth tournament on the schedule, the $1100 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha event.

The entry list of 206, up 25 per cent on last year, were chasing a first prize of $41,000 among one of 20 spots in the money with 2009 Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series Main Event runner-up Sam Higgs leading the way on 585,000.

The other contenders are George McDonald (337,000), Yosuko Sekiya (320,000), Joseph Cristallo (320,000), Mike Ivin (180,500), Nicholas Nicolaou (117,000), Bernard Samuel (109,000), Seanglee Ang (80,500) and Justin Bradshaw (65,500).

Fast fact

The Aussie Millions records show an Afghani player, Sherkhan Fernood, won two events at the first series in 2003. He went on to win a WSOPE bracelet in 2008, but is currently under house arrest in Kabul for his connection with over $900 million in fraudulent lending activities at the Kabul Bank, an institution he founded and formerly co-chaired.

What’s on today

10.15am $250 Aussie Millions Phase 2 Satellite

12.30pm Event 5: $1100 No Limit Holdem Six-handed

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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