2014 Aussie Millions - Event #14: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Live Updates

Edison NguyenMarco Shirzada Eliminated in 2nd Place; Edison Nguyen Wins ($82,000)!

It took close to three hours of heads-up play but we’ve finally crowned Poker Asia Pacific blogger Edison Nguyen as champion of the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Event!

The final hand saw Marco Shirzada raise to 40,000 on the button. Nguyen called and the flop landed A spades9 diamsK diams. Nguyen checked and Shirzada bet 40,000. Nguyen made the call and the turn brought the 7 diams.

Nguyen tapped the table again and Shirzada continued with another bet worth 50,000. Nguyen matched the bet and the J clubs completed the board.

Nguyen checked for a third time and Shirzada moved all in for his last 237,000. Nguyen was a little reluctant but eventually flicked out a single chip to announce a call.

Shirzada showed A hearts9 clubs5 hearts4 spades for two pair but it wasn’t enough as Nguyen opened J diams5 diamsK hearts4 clubs for a flush to take it down!

A great fight by Shirzada comes to an end in 2nd place for $53,250. Meanwhile Edison Nguyen is proving himself as one of the most talented Pot Limit Omaha players going around. With a win in the PLO at the ACOP in Macau and a runner-up result at last year’s WSOP APAC PLO event, Nguyen now has a PLO gold ring to go with $82,000 in prize money. Congratulations!

Final Table Results
1st: Edison Nguyen - $82,000
2nd: Abdullah Shirzada - $53,250
3rd: Tony Bloom - $33,000
4th: Dale Marsland - $23,000
5th: John Dalessandri - $18,000
6th: Chan Tsun Ming - $15,000
7th: Dan Kelly - $12,500
8th: Jeff Lisandro - $10,000
9th: Tino Lechich - $7,500

Nguyen Turns it Up

Marco Shirzada limped the button but Edison Nguyen popped the price to 48,000 from the big blind. Shirzada called and the flop came down 3 clubs6 diamsJ spades.

Nguyen led out for 55,000 and Shirzada called. The turn was the Q clubs and Nguyen declared a bet of the pot. Before that amount could be determined Shirzada’s cards were in the muck. Shirzada has 300,000 with Nguyen back over one million.

Finding Diamonds

Both Edison Nguyen and Marco Shirzada committed 36,000 preflop to see a flop of 4 diams5 diams5 hearts. Shirzada led out for 30,000 and Nguyen called as the 7 clubs hit the turn. Shirzada checked and Nguyen bet 75,000. Shirzada called as the 6 diams fell on the river for a rather dangerous board.

Both players checked and Shirzada tabled K diams10 diams9 clubs9 spades for a rivered flush as a frustrated Nguyen sighed and released his cards. Shirzada is back to 460,000.

Straight to Nguyen

Another nice pot has gone the way of Edison Nguyen and he now has a big lead in this epic heads-up battle. Can he now finish the job?

Marco Shirzada opened to 48,000 from the button and Nguyen called in the big blind. The flop landed J diamsA clubs3 hearts and Nguyen check-called for 40,000. The turn was the Q diams and both players checked as the river was the 10 spades.

Nguyen checked again and Shirzada bet 60,000. Nguyen insta-called.

“You win,” sighed Shirzada as Nguyen opened A heartsK diamsQ clubs8 spades for a straight to collect the pot. Shirzada is now down to just 180,000 with Nguyen with almost 1.2 million.

Level up, Blinds 8,000-16,000

Marco ShirzadaAll In, No Call

From the button, Marco Shirzada (pictured) raised to 26,000 and Edison Nguyen made the call in the big blind.

The flop landed 8 clubs5 diams5 clubs and Nguyen checked it over to Shirzada who bet 50,000. Nguyen check-raised to 110,000 but Shirzada wasn’t going anywhere as he moved all in for 340,000. Nguyen had a chance to go for the win, but he opted to let it go. Shirzada is now back to 500,000.

Three in a Row

Marco Shirzada is not done with just yet, after winning three pots in a row to chip away at the deficit.

In the first pot, Shirzada led the flop, checked the turn before taking it down with a river bet on a board of 3 hearts7 diams5 diams8 diamsK clubs.

The second hand was a preflop raise, with a continuation bet that pulled in the pot on a flop of 6 spades8 spades4 diams.

The final hand saw Shirzada call a preflop raise before leading for 35,000 on a 7 clubs2 diamsK hearts flop. Edison Nguyen called and the turn was the A diams. Shirzada fired another 60,000 and that was enough to take it down.

Shirzada is back to 400,000 with Nguyen back to 950,000.

A Milli For Edison

Edison Nguyen has just made a very strong very call to dent the stack of Marco Shirzada. With the board reading K diamsA clubs7 hearts3 clubs, Nguyen led out from the big blind for 35,000 and Shirzada made the call as the 4 diams completed the board.

Nguyen bet again for 75,000 but Shirzada announced a raise to 160,000. Nguyen rocked back in his chair and looked very pained by the decision. After a few minutes of thought, Nguyen reluctantly slid out the call.

“Two pair,” sighed Shirzada, seemingly knowing that he was beat.

Nguyen tabled A spadesK spades8 clubs2 clubs for top two pair which was good as Shirzada mucked.

Shirzada is now down to 245,000, with Nguyen up over one million in chips.

PLO Event Heads Up

Marco Trips Edison

Picking up the action on a board of 6 heartsK diams6 diams7 clubsMarco Shirzada check-called for 30,000 before the 7 hearts river double-paired the board.

Shirzada checked again to Edison Nguyen who bet 55,000. Shirzada instantly called and tabled A spades6 spades2 clubs3 hearts for trip sixes to take it down. Shirzada is back to 500,000 and fighting hard here in this heads-up battle.

Play Resumes

The final two players are back in action with the blinds now up to 6,000/12,000. 

Chip Count Update

Edison Nguyen – 980,000
Marco Shirzada – 370,000


Ten-minute break

Slow Going

There hasn’t been a lot of action to report from this heads-up contest with most of the pots relatively small. Edison Nguyen has been about to slowly increase his lead over Marco Shirzada as we wait for a big pot to erupt.

Nguyen Recovers

Edison Nguyen has been able to wrestle back some momemtum and some chips in this heads-up battle. He collected a healthy pot with a river bet that was uncalled, before making a nice call himself with a pair of queens on a king-high board when Marco Shirzada could only muster ace-high.

Nguyen is back to about 900,000 with Shirzada slipping to 450,000.

Shirzada Flushing

Picking up the action on a flop of J clubs8 clubs6 clubs and 50,000 in the pot, Marco Shirzada checked it over to Edison Nguyen who bet 30,000. Shirzada called before both players checked the K hearts turn.

The river was the 5 diams and Shirzada bet out 50,000 with Nguyen making the call, only to muck at the sight of Q clubs7 clubs10 spades10 diams for the flush.

Shirzada is now up to 650,000 and grinding away as Nguyen sits with 70,000.

Boat for Shirzada

Edison Nguyen limped the button and Marco Shirzada checked his option to see a flop of K diams6 clubs3 clubs.

Shirzada checked and Nguyen bet 10,000. Shirzada made the call as the K spades paired the board on the turn. Shirzada checked and Nguyen bet 30,000, Shirzada clicked it back to 60,000 and Nguyen called.

The river was the Q clubs and both players checked.

Shirzada tabled K hearts3 heartsA heartsA diams for a full house which raised a chuckle from Nguyen as he tossed his cards back to the dealer. Shirzada is gaining ground as he’s now up to 600,000. Nguyen has 750,000.

Bluffing with Jacks

Marco Shirzada is showing he’s prepared to mix it up with young gun Edison Nguyen. A small pot developed on a board of 10 hearts3 diams6 spades4 clubs8 hearts when Nguyen bet 30,000 on the river. Shirzada then woke everyone up when he announced a raise of the pot – an additional 150,000.

The two exchanged some friendly banter before Nguyen eventually gave it up as Shirzada flashed J diamsJ heartsJ clubs8 spades for a likely bluff.

“I didn’t bluff, I had jacks!” laughed Shirzada as he’s back to 550,000 with Nguyen at 800,000.

Level up, Blinds 5,000/10,000

Quick Break

The two remaining players are now taking a quick break before their heads-up contest commences. Edison Nguyen will take a lead into the battle with Marco Shirzada.

Nguyen: 825,000
Shirzada: 525,000

Tony BloomTony Bloom Eliminated in 3rd Place ($33,000)

Marco Shirzada raised to 23,000 from the button before Tony Bloom (pictured) moved all in for around 65,000 in the big blind. Shirzada insta-called as Bloom’s tournament life was on the line:

Shirzada: A spadesK heartsQ spades3 spades
Bloom: A clubsQ heartsJ diams10 spades

The board ran out 3 hearts4 hearts7 diams2 diamsK clubs leaving Shirzada with an unlikely two pair holding kings and threes to take down the pot. Former Aussie Millions champion Tony Bloom is out in 3rd place for $33,000 in prize money.

Bloom Called Down

Edison Nguyen raised the button and Tony Bloom called out of the small blind. Both players checked the Q clubs10 diams8 hearts flop, before Bloom led out for 22,000 on the 2 clubs turn. Nguyen called and the river was the 3 hearts.

Bloom fired again for 51,000 but Nguyen called it down. Bloom showed A hearts10 spades5 diams4 hearts for just a pair of tens, with Nguyen’s 8 diams2 diamsK clubsQ hearts two pair good to take it down.

Bloom is back on the short stack with 70,000 with Nguyen up to 850,000.

Dale MarslandDale Marsland Eliminated in 4th Place ($23,000)

Edison Nguyen raised enough from the small blind to put Dale Marsland (pictured) all in from the big blind. Marsland called it off and the cards were on their backs:

Nguyen: Q clubsJ clubs9 hearts3 hearts
Marsland: J diams10 diams5 clubs2 clubs

“All good, five-two is my favourite hand,” chuckled Marsland but he received no help on the board of 8 spades3 spadesQ spadesK diams10 hearts as Nguyen ended with a winning straight.

Another great run by Marsland, his second top four finish this week, as he departs in 4th place for $23,000.

Duckface versus The Lizard

Dale Marsland opened with a raise to 28,000 before Tony Bloom three-bet all in from the small blind for 68,000. Marco Shirzada tank-folded from the big blind, later claiming he held kings, as Marsland quickly called.

Bloom: A heartsA diams5 hearts3 clubs
Marsland: Q clubsJ clubs10 diams6 diams

The board ran out 10 spadesK clubs4 diams4 clubs6 hearts and despite picking up a ton of outs on the turn, Marsland missed the river to see Bloom double through. He’s up to 150,000 as Marsland is now crippled to less than 20,000.

John DalessandriJohn Dalessandri Eliminated in 5th Place ($18,000)

John Dalessandri (pictured) was clearly very card dead on this final table as he couldn’t find a spot to get involved on this final table. In the end, he was down to his last 28,000 in chips which he committed preflop against Dale Marsland.

Marsland: Q heartsJ diams4 hearts4 diams
Dalessandri: K spades9 spades7 diams6 hearts

The board was spread 8 diamsQ diams10 clubsK heartsA clubs to see Marsland make a straight to eliminate Dalessandri in 5th place for $18,000 in prize money.

Nguyen Gets Some Back

Edison Nguyen opened to 28,000 from under the gun and Marco Shirzada was again the only one prepared to put up resistance.

The flop landed 2 diams6 diams5 hearts and Shirzada check-called for 31,000 before the A hearts hit the turn. Shirzada checked and Nguyen bet 84,000 and that was enough to take it down.

The big stacks really are controlling this final table with the three shorties all appearing to play a cat and mouse game of survival to climb the pay jumps.

Shirzada Sails on the River

Edison Nguyen has just taken his first significant blow on this final table with Marco Shirzada doing the damage.

Nguyen opened to 20,000 from under the gun and Shirzada called in the big blind. They saw a flop of K diams8 diams5 hearts and Shirzada check-called for 26,000.

The turn was the 5 clubs and Shirzada checked again to Nguyen who this time bet 36,000. Shirzada called and the river delivered the 6 spades. Shirzada liked the look of that card as he led out this time with a bet of 75,000.

Nguyen thought for a few moments before making the call, only to muck at the sight of Shirzada’s 6 hearts6 diamsK spades7 spades for a rivered full house. Shirzada is now up to 530,000 to narrowly trail Nguyen’s 620,000.

Chan Tsun MingChan Tsun Ming Eliminated in 6th Place ($15,000)

We’ve lost another player as Edison Nguyen continues to steamroll through this final table. Nugyen opened the action with a raise to 20,000 from early position and action folded around to Chan Tsun Ming (pictured) in the small blind. He announced a raise of the pot to 64,000 but Nguyen quickly moved all in. Ming called it off and the cards were tabled:

Nguyen: A heartsA diams6 clubs3 spades
Ming: A clubsK spadesQ clubsJ spades

Nguyen had aces but Ming had a very pretty double-suited Broadway hand. The board was spread 9 spades3 clubsJ diams2 hearts3 diams as it would be the trip threes for Nguyen for the winning hand to see Ming on the rail in 6th place for $15,000.

Play Resumes

The final six players are back with the blinds now up to 4,000/8,000.

Chip Count Update

Edison Nguyen – 535,000
Marco Shirzada – 375,000
Tony Bloom – 150,000
Chan Tsun Ming – 150,000
Dale Marsland – 75,000
John Dalessandri – 58,000


Ten-minute Break

The players are now taking a ten-minute break.

Dan KellyDan Kelly Eliminated in 7th Place ($12,500)

As we were still writing up the elimination of Jeff Lisandro, the short-stacked Dan Kelly (pictured) and chip leader Edison Nguyen decided to go to war on the very next hand.

It was a battle of the blinds with the chips in the middle on the flop of 6 diams10 clubs2 hearts.

Nguyen: A clubsQ clubsK spades5 hearts
Kelly: A diams10 heartsJ clubs9 clubs

It was top pair for Kelly to hold the lead, but the K diams on the turn changed that around.

The river was the 6 clubs to see Kelly join the rail in 7th place for $12,500 in prize money.

Meanwhile Nguyen is up to 500,000 in chips and looking strong.

Jeff LisandroJeff Lisandro Eliminated in 8th Place ($10,000)

From early position, Jeff Lisandro (pictured) entered with a raise to 17,000. Marco Shirzada called in the small blind before Edison Nguyen announced a raise of the pot from the big blind to 68,000. Lisandro had 1,000 less than that in his stack, and he slid them into the middle as Shirzada slipped out of the way.

Lisandro: 10 diams9 spades8 diams7 hearts
Nguyen: A spadesA clubsJ hearts2 hearts

Lisandro was looking for middle cards to crack Nguyen’s aces but he couldn’t quite connect on the board of 4 clubs6 clubsQ diams2 clubs6 diams. Lisandro is out in 8th place for $10,000.

More for Shirzada

Marco Shirzada limped in from the button, with Edison Nguyen and Dan Kelly joining in from the blinds to see a flop of 2 diams6 spadesK clubs.

From the small blind, Nguyen led out for 11,000. Kelly folded but Shirzada raised to 25,000. Nguyen called and the turn brought a repeat 6 clubs.

Nguyen checked and Shirzada bet 31,000. That was enough to take it down as Shirzada continues to climb.

Duckface Doubles

Jeff Lisandro opened the button with a raise to 12,000 from the button before Dale “Duckface” Marsland moved all in from the small blind for his last 42,000. Lisandro thought briefly before making the call.

“Just in case you don’t have aces,” said Lisandro as he opened A diamsK hearts7 clubs6 spades.

But he did. Marsland tabled A heartsA spadesJ hearts10 clubs and was in good shape to double through.

The board ran out K clubs9 diams3 heartsQ spades2 hearts to see Marsland use his other two cards to make a straight and land a very nice double up. He’s up to 90,000 with Lisandro back down to 75,000.

Level up, Blinds 3,000/6,000

Tino LechichTino Lechich Eliminated in 9th Place ($7,500)

Edison Nguyen opened to 12,000 and Tino Lechich (pictured) called in the cutoff. Jeff Lisandro then re-popped it to 38,000 in position which forced folds from the blinds. Nguyen also gave it up but Lechich splashed out his last 20,000 or so chips.

Lechich: K spadesQ clubs8 spades6 clubs
Lisandro: A heartsA clubsK clubsJ hearts

Double-suited aces for Lisandro had him in a strong position and his hand held through the scrappy board of 2 hearts5 diams5 spades10 clubs9 diams. With that, Lechich is out in 9th place for $7,500 in prize money.

More Aggression from Marco

Marco Shirzada is quickly making his mark on this final table. He recently opened to 12,000 from late position with Tino Lechich and Jeff Lisandro calling out of the blinds. The flop landed 6 clubs10 hearts2 hearts and Lechich checked to Lisandro who bet 30,000. Shirzada wasn’t content with that as he announced a raise of the pot. Before that amount could be determined, his opponent’s cards were in the muck.

Shirzada is up to about 330,000 in the early goings and challenging for the chip lead.

Marco Arrives

Marco Shirzada has finally arrived at the final table and he’s quickly gone to work. Tony Bloom raised the button to 10,000 and Shirzada called in the big blind. Shirzada check-called for 12,000 on the Q hearts5 spades8 clubs flop before both players checked the A diams turn.

On the 6 diams river Shirzada led out for 31,000 and was able to take it down.

Where’s Marco?

It appears Marco Shirzada has either got the table or time or location wrong for this final table. He hasn’t showed up to his seat and his stack is blinding out.

The good news is that his overnight reported chip stack of 98,000 is wrong. He actually started with 248,000, so he has plenty of time to show up before blinding out.

Cards in the Air!

The players have taken their seats, unbagged their chips and the cards are in the air on the final table of the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event.

There are 33 minuted left in the 2,000/4,000 level.

The button was with Dan Kelly in the six seat which put Jeff Lisandro in the big blind. Apparently the high card for the button was done last night after play, and Lisandro wasn't too thrilled that he wasn't able to witness it.

final table

FT on Table 49

The final table of the Pot Limit Omaha event is about to kick off. We find ourselves relocated to Table 49 in the High Limit area of the Crown Poker Room due to the Main Event and $100k Challenge taking up the feature tables in the room.

Nonetheless, there’s a gold ring and $82,000 to be won this afternoon. Stay tuned!

Final Table Line Up

A strong field of 113 players came together for the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha with the final table reached late in the day. Here's how they will line up:

Seat 1: John Delassandri - 79,900
Seat 2: Tony Bloom - 181,000
Seat 3: Chan Tsun Ming - 204,000
Seat 4: Abdullah "Marco" Shirzada - 248,000
Seat 5: Edison Nguyen - 338,000
Seat 6: Daniel Kelly - 83,000
Seat 7: Tino Lechich - 55,000
Seat 8: Jeff Lisandro - 121,000
Seat 9: Dale Marsland - 48,000

It's an impressive line up with some experienced campaigners and a few young guns to provide an interesting dynamic. They're all safely in the money and guaranteed $7,500, but will be aiming for the top prize of $82,000.

The final kicks off at 1:00pm and we'll be here to provide you with all the live updates from start to finish.

Aussie MillionsIt's More Fun with Four

Welcome to our coverage of the 2014 Aussie Millions from the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia.

The Aussie Millions is the most prestigious tournament series in the Southern Hemisphere with 20 championship events this year highlighted by the $250,000 and $100,000 High Rollers Challenges and, of course, the $10,600 Aussie Millions Main Event which this year forms part of the the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT).

Event #14 of the series is the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Event. The chance for some four-card gamble at an attractive price tag should see a strong field for this event. American superstar Mike Watson was victorious last year, defeating a field of 99 runners, including the likes of Mel Judah, Tino Lechich and Graeme Putt on a tough final table, to take the crown and $72,000 in prize money.

No doubt Watson will be back down under, but will a local be able to take the title from him? Stay tuned to Poker Asia Pacific as we bring you live updates of all the action, include chip counts and photo, from the final table of Event #14 of the 2014 Aussie Millions.

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