Aussie Millions Day 8: Yosuke Sekiya takes NLHE/PLO title for Japan; Huge field for Six-max

January 24th 2013 By Heath "TassieDevil" Chick

The Crown Poker Room was once again a hub of activity on Thursday afternoon as the Aussie Millions ticked into its second week of action.  The feature event of the day was the final table of the $1,100 No Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha rotation event which saw nine players return to compete for the third Aussie Millions Gold Ring of the championship.

We were expecting to see Bernard Samuel unbag the most chips, but an admin error had his overnight chip count incorrect, and ironically, he was first to the rail in 9th place.  He was followed by Nick Nicolaou who became the first player to reach two final tables during this championship, but sadly, the gold eluded him once again as he finished in 8th place.

Crown Poker regular Mike Ivin fell in 4th place, and when the excitable Joe Cristallo was bundled out in 3rd place, it presented us with an intriguing heads-up contest between local Sam Higgs and Japanese sensation Yosuke Sekiya.

Higgs is renowned for his aggression at the table, but perhaps he was unaware of Sekiya’s prowess as the reigning Asia Player of the Year was able to match him blow for blow.  Higgs was ground down, doubled up, then bluffed some off, before getting his last chips in the middle in good shape during the round of No Limit Holdem – his A clubsJ hearts in dominant shape against Sekiya’s Q diamsJ spades.  However the board was spread 8 spades8 diams3 hearts9 spades10 diams to see Sekiya make a running straight to claim an impressive victory.

Following on from six final tables in Macau during 2012, Sekiya has carried that form into the New Year and proven his abilities on an International stage in winning the Aussie Millions Gold Ring for Japan.

Event #4: $1,100 No Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha Final Table Results

1st Yosuke Sekiya - $41,200
2nd Sam Higgs - $28,840
3rd Joe Cristallo - $20,600
4th Mike Ivin - $17,510
5th Justin Bradshaw - $15,450
6th George McDonald - $13,390
7th Seanglee Ang - $11,330
8th Nick Nicolaou - $9,270
9th Bernard Samuel - $7,210

Click here for full Aussie Millions Live Reporting from Event #4.

While the final table was in full swing, the biggest talking point of the day was the sheer weight of entries in the $1,100 No Limit Holdem Six-Handed Event – the 5th event of the 2013 Aussie Millions schedule.

Such was the demand, that the event was forced to play seven-handed in the early stages of play.  Every available table in the Crown Poker Room was in use and every poker dealer in the building was put to work.  In fact, according to Crown Poker Room Manager Christian Vaughan, they even pulled supervisors who used to deal poker, from upstairs in the Mahogany Room into the poker room to roll up their sleeves and get busy!

The field was finally locked out at 523 entrants with the top 48 players to be paid at least $2,200. Reaching the final table of seven will be worth $10,800 while first place will collect a whopping $110,000!

Approaching the dinner break and the field was down under 100 players, and narrowing in on the money.  Some of those still in contention included Jeff Rossiter, Brendon Rubie,Stevan Chew, Melanie Weisner, Jonathan Karamalikis, Charles Chua, Sam Holden, Australian Poker Hall of Famers Jason Gray and Gary Benson, 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event runner-up Kenny Wong and the defending champion in this very event in Leo Boxell.

When Day 1 came to an end late on Thursday evening, only 10 players bagged up some chips and will return in contention on the final day. It is well-known Australian Tom Grigg who holds the chip lead, with Jan Suchanek, Oliver Gill and the UK's Neil Channing juts a couple who still remain. Below is the final day table draw.

Table 10
Seat 1: Andrew Basset - 375,000
Seat 3: Vlastimil Stastny - 514,000
Seat 4: Oliver Gill - 744,000
Seat 5: Neil Channing - 549,000

Table 14
Seat 1: Ian Cordts - 193,000
Seat 2: Matthew Woolley - 447,000
Seat 3: Jan Suchanek - 769,000
Seat 4: Tom Grigg - 1,095,000
Seat 5: Michael Boukila - 554,000

What’s happening on Day 9?

The final day of the $1,100 No Limit Holdem Six-Handed Event should be a beauty.  It’s likely we’ll have some highly-skilled players returning on Friday, but they’ll still have some work to do to take the title, with upwards of 18 players expected to return after a long Day 1 of play.

A new day also brings new opportunities for players to take their shot at Aussie Millions fame and fortune.  Event #6 of the 2013 Aussie Millions is the $1,150 No Limit Holdem with Rebuys event which is always plenty of fun. Who will make the most rebuys this year? Get your gamble on in the Crown Poker Room from 12:30pm.

There are also Phase 2 satellites running regularly throughout the day, as well as a Phase 3 and a Rebuy Satellite into the Aussie Millions Main Event later in the evening. Cash games are also running around the clock with a range of limits to suit players of all budgets.

Aussie Millions Schedule – Friday January 25th

10:15am Aussie Millions Phase 2 Satellite - $250
12:30pm Aussie Millions Event #6: No Limit Holdem w/Rebuys - $1,150
2:15pm Aussie Millions Phase 2 Satellite - $250
4:15pm Aussie Millions Phase 2 Satellite - $250
6:15pm Aussie Millions Phase 3 Supershot Satellite - $1,150
9:15pm Aussie Millions Main Event Rebuy Satellite - $130


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