Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Aussie Millions" 6/26

OPENING CHIP COUNT FOR THE $100,000 BUY-IN EVENT'S FINAL TABLE:

1. Jonathan Karamalikis- 508K
2. Dan Shak- 453K
3. Barry Greenstein- 380K
4. Phil Ivey- 318K
5. Tony Bloom- 210K
6. Tony G- 200K
7. Bill Jordanou- 190K
DEAD LAST: Howard Lederer- 141K

The blinds are currently set at 6/12K.

1.

Bloom: (AC)(QD)
Jordanou: (AH)(JS)

THE FLOP: (5D)(10D)(KH)

Both of these players have an instant Broadway Straight draw.

TURN: 10 OF CLUBS- DUD
RIVER: 10 OF SPADES- ANOTHER DUD

This will be a split pot unless either man folds...and Bloom does just that, so Jordanou wins the pot all to himself.

2.

G: BLACK ACES
Lederer (ALL-IN): (10C)(AH)

THE FLOP: (6C)(QD)(10D)
TURN: 7 OF SPADES- DUD

The last card must be one of the two remaining 10s or Lederer is going home...











































RIVER: 3 OF HEARTS- ELIMINATED

...BUT IT'S NOT, so he's the eighth-place finisher and G wins a pot of around 300K.

3.

G: DOUBLE JACKS (Clubs & Diamonds)
Jordanou (ALL-IN): RED KINGS

THE FLOP: (7S)(5H)(4C)- DUD
TURN: 6 OF SPADES

If the river shows a Jack, Jordanou will be eliminated. Should a three or an eight appear, both will stay in it because of a split pot. Anything else and he's doubled up...















































RIVER: KING OF SPADES

...IT'S ONE OF THE BLACK KINGS, SO HE DOUBLES UP BY WINNING A 383K POT!

4.

Shak: (AC)(QC)
Karamalikis: (AH)(QH)

THE FLOP: (3D)(2H)(5C)

We might very well have a split pot on this hand, because they both have a Wheel straight draw. A little later, though, Karamalikis forces Shak ALL-IN!

TURN: JACK OF CLUBS

That gives Shak a club flush draw. If one more club pops up, he's doubled up...

RIVER: JACK OF DIAMONDS

...NO, so we have the first SPLIT POT of the night.

NEW CHIP COUNT:

1. Barry- 525K
2. Jonathan- 480K
3. Bill- 395K
4. Dan- 320K
5. Phil- 270K
6. Tony G- 250K
DEAD LAST: Tony B.- 160K

The blinds have been increased to 8/16K.

5.

Shak: (4D)(AS)
Bloom (ALL-IN): DOUBLE 10s (Clubs & Hearts)

THE FLOP: (2D)(KH)(5D)

A three or an Ace on the turn will cause big trouble for Bloom.

TURN: 6 OF DIAMONDS

Shak now has a straight flush draw. Bloom will remain in the tourney if he can avoid any diamond (including the 10 of that particular suit), three or Ace on the river...

























































RIVER: 2 OF HEARTS

...HE DOES TO DOUBLE UP!

6.

Greenstein: DOUBLE KINGS (Clubs & Diamonds)
Bloom: DOUBLE JACKS (Clubs & Hearts)

A King right now will likely mean the end for Bloom.

THE FLOP: (6C)(3S)(3D)- DUD

If the following card is a King, Bloom is definitely gone.

TURN: JACK OF DIAMONDS

Very good news for Bloom there! To double up again, one of the other Kings can't show up now...
























































RIVER: ACE OF SPADES

...YES, AND HE'S THE NEW CHIP LEADER!

NEW CHIP COUNT:

1. Tony B.- 720K
2. Bill- 380K
3. Jonathan- 375K
4. Phil- 350K
5. Dan- 300K
6. Tony G- 150K
DEAD LAST: Barry- 125K

7.

Shak (ALL-IN): DOUBLE EIGHTS (Clubs & Diamonds)
Karamalikis: (AD)(2C)

THE FLOP: (KC)(QS)(6C)- DUD
TURN: 2 OF SPADES

All Shak has to avoid are the remaining Aces & Deuces and we'll STILL have seven players left in this final table...




































































RIVER: JACK OF DIAMONDS

...AND HE GETS THE DOUBLER!

8.

Karamalikis: (9D)(JD)
Ivey: (AH)(10S)

THE FLOP: (9S)(10H)(2C)

Ivey has the early lead with top pair, while Karamalikis has middle pair.

TURN: 4 OF SPADES- DUD

Karamalikis then makes the questionable call of making Ivey go ALL-IN. Karamalikis must get a nine or a Jack to be the river card for this hand or else he will be kicking himself...
















































































RIVER: 6 OF HEARTS

...NO, so he has a VERY limited amount of chips remaining in his stack and Ivey DOUBLES UP to boot.

9.

Tony G: BLACK SEVENS
Shak: RED NINES
Karamilikis (who's unsurprisingly ALL-IN): (AS)(10C)

THE FLOP: (6D)(4H)(3D)

G got the best out of that flop with an inside straight draw...unfortunately, he has a TIME OVER, so his hand is AUTOMATICALLY FOLDED. Also, Shak's ALL-IN, too.

TURN: 4 OF DIAMONDS

Karamilkis needs a non-diamond 10 or Ace to keep his big-money dreams alive, since Shak now has a diamond flush draw...






































































RIVER: 5 OF DIAMONDS- KARAMILIKIS OUT

...BUT SHAK HAS JUST FLUSHED KARAMILIKIS' TOURNEY BERTH RIGHT DOWN THE TOILET IN SEVENTH PLACE. Furthermore, Shak's taken over the chip lead.

FINAL CHIP COUNT THIS WEEK:

1. Dan- 725K
2. Phil- 700K
3. Bill- 385K
4. Tony Bloom- 360K
5. Tony G- 175K
6. Barry- 55K

As the blind values rise to 10/20K, unless we have an unbelieveable string of eliminations in the next few hands, I regret to inform you all that I LIED about the fact that the conclusion of this event would be airing next week.

10.

Greenstein (ALL-IN): (QC)(10D)
Bloom: RED KINGS

THE FLOP: (8S)(4C)(6H)- NO GOOD

If the turn doesn't display a seven, nine, 10, Jack or Queen, Greenstein will be eliminated on the spot.

TURN: 2 OF DIAMONDS- OUT IN SIXTH
RIVER: 7 OF HEARTS

And to add insult to injury, he's the last eliminated player to leave this tourney with NOTHING.

11.

Bloom: (7S)(JC)
Jordanou: RED SIXES

THE FLOP: (3D)(JH)(JS)

Bloom has Triple Jacks, whereas Jordanou makes two pair. They both check.

TURN: 7 OF HEARTS- BLOOM FULL HOUSE; WINS HAND!
RIVER: 2 OF SPADES

Not that it mattered, but Jordanou let his time limit run out on the final betting rounds of this particular hand.

LAST HAND OF THE EVENING:

G (ALL-IN): RED 10s
Shak: (AS)(KD)

THE FLOP: (KC)(5D)(AH)

TERRIBLE FLOP for Mr. G. To even see the last card in this hand, he needs at least a 10, Jack or Queen.

TURN: JACK OF CLUBS

A 10 or a Queen will save G's butt big time...



















































































RIVER: 3 OF HEARTS- SORRY

...BUT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. At least he doesn't go home empty-handed- he gets his AUS$100K back (which amounts to $87,020 in U.S. money).

The Final Four will continue their battle for nearly $1M in American currency (or $1.2M in Australian dough) next time.

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