15 events have already ended in Melbourne, while the Main Event is currently running, with 38 players left.
The A$1,150 Mix Max event attracted 285 players. They started out at nine-handed tables, later switched to six-max format and ended the play in heads-up matches. Bas de Laat from the Netherlands was the last man standing, he took down the title and the A$72,155($57,658) coming with it.
|1||Bas de Laat||A$72,155|
Event #6 A$1,150 Six Max was one of the biggest tournaments in the series in terms of playing field. A total of 598 players showed up to play with high hopes of taking down the A$134,850($107,925). It was seasoned pro Chance Kornuth, who managed to achieve this goal. Chance beat Christopher Soyza from Malaysia in the heads-up.
Long-time mixed-game specialist, Richard Ashby of England’s took down the A$2,500 8-Game Mixed Event for A$52,720($42,104). Richard outlasted a field of 71 during the process
|3||Samuel Panzica II||A$22,365|
An even bigger field formed in the A$1,150 NLHE Accumulator, as 687 players decided to pay the buy-in. They created a prize pool of A$704,175($562,377) with A$154,925($123,728) going for the winner. It was Australia’s Eugene Portlen who scooped the money and the trophy after beating Cheng-Wei Yin from Belgium in the duel.
The A$25,000 Challenge attracted many of the high-rollers. 114 of them decided to take a shot at the A$647,114($524,764) prize. Two-time November Niner, Ben Lamb, from the USA won the event, which helped him get closer to $9 million in total earnings – he currently stands with $8,954,024.
It looks like the Aussies doing pretty good for themselves, as the A$1,650 Bounty Event was also taken down by one of them. Stevan Chew outlasted a field of 354 and pocketed A$117,975($95,347) for his efforts.
|3||Felix Daniel Schulze||A$50,200($40,572)|
With only 4 entries, A$50,000 Challenge was a huge disappointment for the organizers. Sam Greenwood took down the rather short event, for A$116,400.
Unlike the A$50k, the Main Event made history generating the biggest ever player pool of 800. Most of the A$8 million prize pool and the A$1.6 million is still up for grabs and only 38 players are allowed to come back to play Day 4 yesterday. Mike Del Vecchio is leading the field, sitting on a 2,330,000 chip stack. His lead is pretty commanding considering that Aaron Lim in the second position has 1,358,000. The biggest name left in the field is Ari Engel, who has $5,333,904 and is looking to increase that by a nice score.
|Mike Del Vecchio||2,330,000|
All of the trophies of the last 4 events stay in Australia, as all of them were taken down by Aussies. Haitao Luan is the champion of A$1,150 NLHE Terminator event, Roberto Damelian took down A$1,150 Hyper Turbo NLHE, Matthew Smith won A$1,150 NLHE/PLO and Sam Higgs the A$1,150 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-lo event.
The A$100,000 is yet to be started and it will be interesting to see if it will be more popular than this year’s A$50k.