AUSSIE MILLIONS: Cabret eyes Main Event title after marathon session is halted

With the sun slowly rising over the Melbourne skyline, the decision was reluctantly made to halt play at the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event final table after more than 15 hours of play.

The three remaining players – Melbourne’s own Joe Cabret, Mervin Chan from Malaysia and poker superstar Patrik Antonius – will return to the felt at approximately 4pm to decide who will take home the first prize package valued at more than $1.7 million.

Cabret holds the chip lead (7,720,000) ahead of Chan (5,670,000) and Antonius (5,650,000) but, with the blinds starting at 60,000/120,000 and an ante of 10,000, there’s still plenty of poker to be played before the champion is decided.

The final table kicked off with Dan Shak (3,775,000) leading narrowly from Jarrod Glennon (3,600,000) with Antonius (3,345,000), Chan (2,910,000), Cabret (2,655,000), David Yan (1,450,000) and Jennette Tan (1,220,000) filling the other five seats.

The short stack was the first to fall, with Tan’s A-Q no match for the pocket kings of Antonius on a board that flowed 7-7-5-6-7, with Yan following in sixth after Chan also found pocket kings against the Kiwi’s pocket eights.

The clock had ticked just past midnight when Cabret declared all-in on a board of 5h-3h-5s-10c-2h. Glennon agonised for almost 10 minutes before calling, then sending his cards into the mark when Cabret revealed his Jh-8h for a flush.

Shak’s elimination came just over an hour later with Cabret again claiming the pot after his A-Q outkicked the A-6 of the former $100k Challenge winner as the dealer revealed a board of 5c-Qs-Ad-10c-3s.

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

Joe Cabret (Australia) 7,720,000
Mervin Chan (Malaysia) 5,670,000
Patrik Antonius (Finland) 5,565,000

Payouts

1 $1,600,000 (inc. $70,000 car + $40,000 bracelet)
2 $1,000,000
3 $600,000

4 Dan Shak $400,000
5 Jarrod Glennon $290,000
6 David Yan $220,000
7 Jennette Tan $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

• It was also a long night for the 27 players who contested the $25,000 buy-in Challenge, which ended around 4am with the five remaining players in the money.

The field included many of the players who contested the other high stakes tournaments during this year’s Aussie Millions, joined by a healthy contingent of locals featuring Joe Hachem, Grant Levy, Brendon Rubie, Jonathan Karamalikis, Daniel Neilson, Jason Pritchard and Jeff Rossiter.

Neilson was the best placed local in seventh, but fell short of the money which will be spread between Fabian Quoss (504,500), Niklas Heinecker (455,000), Igor Kurganov (293,000), Philipp Gruissem (126,000) and Erik Seidel (120,000).

Thanks to three rebuys, the prizepool was boosted to $750,000 with the winner assured $275,000 and the fifth-placed finisher assured at least $51,000.

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

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