OPENING CHIP COUNT:
1. Sorel Mizzi (Canada)- 4.45 million
2. Tyron Krost (Australia)- 3.63 million
3. Peter Jetten (Canada)- 2.52 million
4. Kosta Varoxis (Australia)- 2.27 million
5. Frederik Jensen (Denmark)- 2.13 million
At this stage of the Main Event tournament, the blinds are a whopping 40/80,000.
Jetten (ALL-IN): (5D)(KD)
Krost: RED 10s
This pot is worth almost five million in chips, so whoever wins this hand will take over the chip lead.
THE FLOP: (AS)(JS)(2D)- DUD
TURN: 7 OF CLUBS- ANOTHER DUD
Only a King on the river will save Jetten now...
RIVER: 5 OF SPADES- LOSS
...he finally pairs something, but it's NOT what he was looking for in the end, so he leaves in fifth place with AUD$350K ($321,475). That leaves Mizzi as the only North American player remaining.
Jensen (ALL-IN): (AH)(KD)
THE FLOP: (7H)(9D)(3D)- DUD
TURN: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
All Jensen has to do is avoid a non-diamond five on the river and he'll double up.
RIVER: 3 OF CLUBS- DOUBLER!
Mizzi (ALL-IN): (AH)(QH)
THE FLOP: (7H)(8H)(5C)
Varoxis immediately has an inside straight draw, but Mizzi's working with a heart flush draw right away.
TURN: JACK OF SPADES
For Mizzi, the river card can't be a non-diamond heart or six...
RIVER: KING OF SPADES- DOUBLER!
...it isn't, so he's still alive!
NEW CHIP COUNT:
1. Tyron- 6.55 million
2. Frederik- 4.7 million
3. Sorel- 1.9 million
4. Kosta- 1.8 million
Varoxis (ALL-IN): (10D)(JS)
THE FLOP: (5H)(QC)(9S)
That flop helps Varoxis a lot- he's got an open-ended straight draw.
TURN: 10 OF SPADES
No straight yet, but Varoxis has taken over the lead with his double 10s. He needs to avoid an Ace or King to remain in this game.
RIVER: 4 OF HEARTS- DOUBLER!
Varoxis (ALL-IN AGAIN): (10C)(QC)
THE FLOP: (9C)(6S)(3S)- DUD
TURN: 5 OF HEARTS
Varoxis needs to pair either of his base cards to re-double up, or he's out...
RIVER: QUEEN OF SPADES- ANOTHER DOUBLER FOR VAROXIS!
...AND HE DOES IT with the Black Queens!
NEW CHIP COUNT:
1. Tyron- 5.57 million
2. Frederik- 4,985,000
3. Kosta- 2.71 million
4. Sorel- 1.75 million
Varoxis: DOUBLE KINGS (Hearts & Spades)
Mizzi (ALL-IN): (AC)(6H)
THE FLOP: (8H)(5S)(AD)
Good news for Mizzi there with the Double Aces.
TURN: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS- DUD
RIVER: 4 OF SPADES- MIZZI DOUBLES UP!
Varoxis (ALL-IN): (AH)(6C)
Jensen: DOUBLE DEUCES (Clubs & Hearts)
THE FLOP: (QC)(7C)(9H)- DUD
TURN: 10 OF DIAMONDS
To stay in the hunt, Varoxis needs a six, eight or an Ace to appear on the river...
RIVER: 2 OF SPADES- ELIMINATED
....BUT HE DOESN'T GET IT. He leaves with the fourth place prize of AUD$450K ($413,325).
The blinds now grow to 50/100K.
Mizzi (ALL-IN): DOUBLE SEVENS (Clubs & Diamonds)
THE FLOP: (5H)(10H)(KH)
If the turn card is another King, it's game over for Mizzi...
TURN: 8 OF DIAMONDS- DUD
...well, he now needs to get lucky on the river with one of the remaining two sevens or else...
RIVER: 2 OF HEARTS- OUT
...AND HE'S GOING HOME IN THIRD PLACE, but with AUD$715K ($656,728). And with that, North America has been SHUT OUT at the Main Event this year.
Jensen: DOUBLE FOURS (Clubs & Hearts)
THE FLOP: (8D)(2C)(5H)
Krost has the early lead in the first head's up hand with top pair...and right away, he wins the pot.
THE FLOP: (3H)(KC)(2D)
Jensen later goes ALL-IN! I will tell you right now whoever wins this hand will become the champion.
TURN: 7 OF HEARTS- DUD
The only thing that will stop Jensen from becoming AUD$2M richer and bringing a major tournament title to the tourney's home country is a second six on the river...
RIVER: 2 OF CLUBS
...KROST HAS JUST WON TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF HIS OWN COUNTRY'S MONEY (or $1,837,000 in U.S. currency)!!!!! Jensen will be adding to his mere $7,311 in previous poker tourney earnings AUD $1.1M ($1,010,350)!
Next week begins the $1M Doubles Poker Championship, with 32 teams of two competing.