AUSSIE MILLIONS: Shak leads elite field into Main Event final table

The final table has been decided for the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event with a pair of Aussies still in contention to make it five in-a-row for the host nation.

Melbourne-based duo Jarrod Glennon and Joe Cabret enter the final stage in the battle for the $1.6 million first prize lying second and fifth in chips respectively.

Glennon, whose previous best live tournament cash was a modest $4710 for eighth in last year’s Poker Zone Cup Main Event in Adelaide, is just a handful of chips behind leader and past $100,000 Hold’em Challenge winner Dan Shak.

Runner-up in last year’s $250,000 buy-in event at the Aussie Millions, Patrik Antonius is assured his third Main Event cash having finished in the money in 2007 and 2009. He’s third in chips and the popular pick of most to go all the way.

Malaysia’s Mervin Chan collected $3500 for finishing 65th in the 2013 Opening Event, his first and only tournament cash to date. He’s already assured at least $150,000 but sitting fourth in chips, his aspirations will be for a much larger payday.

Joe Cabret joins an elite list of players who’ve reached more than one Aussie Millions Main Event final tables after finishing fifth in 2003. A constant on the local scene for more than two decades, he’ll be guaranteed plenty of hometown support today.

Auckland’s David Yan will be hoping to join Jamil Dia and Lee Nelson as Main Event winners from New Zealand while Jenny “Jay” Tan will be out to become the highest placed female player in Main Event history, surpassing the seventh-placed finishes of Kristy Gazes (2007) and Annette Obrestad (2010).

Day four started with 36 players remaining and WA’s Ray Ellis holding a narrow chip lead. Adelaide’s Stevan Chew was first out in 36th while Phil Ivey’s tournament came to an when James Obst’s pocket sevens prevailed over pocket sixes and an open-ended straight draw for Ivey.

Kenny Wong’s hopes of back-to-back Main Event final tables ended in 28th while Celina Lin celebrated her best ever finish in her former hometown, placing 24th.

James Obst’s gallant charge ended in 19th after he ran pocket sixes into the pocket eights of Mervin Chan after a flop of 7-7-7.
Ray Ellis carried his stack all the way to 13th while Daniel Laidlaw was railed in dramatic circumstances when Shak landed a two-outer to pair his A-7 against Laidlaw’s A-K.

More than two hours passed before local player Mark Betts bowed out in ninth, then Sam Cohen’s tournament ended after she watched Shak turn over a higher straight on a board of 8-J-10-9-8.

Aussie Millions Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (629 players; 64 players paid; total prizepool $6,290,000) final table chip count

Dan Shak (USA) 3,775,000
Jarrod Glennon (Australia) 3,600,000
Patrik Antonius (Finland) 3,345,000
Mervin Chan (Malaysia) 2,910,000
Joe Cabret (Australia) 2,655,000
David Yan (New Zealand) 1,450,000
Jennette Tan (Hong Kong) 1,220,000

Payouts

1 $1,600,000 (inc. $70,000 car + $40,000 bracelet)
2 $1,000,000
3 $600,000
4 $400,000
5 $290,000
6 $220,000
7 $150,000
8 Sam Cohen $120,000
9 Mark Betts $120,000
10 Ping Chan $95,000
11 Damian Baldi $95,000
12 Daniel Laidlaw $95,000
13 Ray Ellis $70,000
14 Josh Ang Pang Leng $70,000
15 Man Hei Lam $70,000
16 Naz Sibaei $55,000
17 Kitty Kuo $55,000
18 Jeremy Simon $55,000
19 James Obst $40,000
20 Joey Lovelady $40,000
21 Dylan Honeyman $40,000
22 Brandon Adams $40,000
23 Jan Collado $40,000
24 Celina Lin $40,000
25 Phares Bouya $35,000
26 Sean Keeton $35,000
27 Stuart Kerr $35,000
28 Kenny Wong $35,000
29 David Garcia $35,000
30 Phil Ivey $35,000
31 Lee Markholt 30,000
32 Kevin Rabichow 30,000
33 Shoshiro Karita $30,000
34 Scott Wilson $30,000
35 Minh Nguyen $30,000
36 Stevan Chew $30,000
37 Daniel Neilson $25,000
38 Jan Suchanek $25,000
39 Wei Low $25,000
40 Frank Rusnak $25,000
41 Tyron Krost $20,000
42 Adam Carlton $20,000
43 Christopher Haywood $20,000
44 Michael Harrison-Ford $20,000
45 Rob Fenner $20,000
46 Mark Vetsavong $20,000
47 Ying Kit Chan $20,000
48 Matthew Ginn $20,000
49 Paul O’Brien $15,000
50 Tony Da Costa Silva $15,000
51 Antonino Cascio $15,000
52 Michael Teren $15,000
53 David Boyaciyan $15,000
54 Bill Jordanou $15,000
55 Adam Schmidt $15,000
56 Yifan Zheng $15,000
57 Stephen Goodridge $15,000
58 Craig McCorkell $15,000
59 Kish Kumar $15,000
60 Jamie Beer $15,000
61 Omar Nanai $15,000
62 Didier Guerin $15,000
63 Ryan Hong $15,000
64 Elliot Smith $15,000

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

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