2018 Aussie Millions is getting close to the finish

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.

Final results

Place Player Prize
1 Bas de Laat A$72,155
2 Adam Agresta A$47,475
3 Michael Gathy A$23,740
4 Terry Schumacher A$23,740
5 Yu Kurita A$9,860
6 Alexander Rodriguez A$9,860

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.

Final results

Place Player Prize
1 Chance Kornuth A$134,850
2 Christopher Soyza A$84,280
3 Panayotis Flourentzoo A$52,100
4 Casey Kastle A$39,230
5 Paul Hockin A$26,975
6 Scott Sanders A$21,455
Richard Ashby

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

Final results

Place Player Prize
1 Richard Ashby A$52,720
2 Walter Treccarichi A$33,545
3 Samuel Panzica II A$22,365
4 Felipe Ramos A$17,570
5 Benny Glaser A$12,780
6 Thomas Scholze A$11,185

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.

Final results

Place Player Prize
1 Eugene Portlen A$154,925
2 Cheng-Wei Yin A$96,825
3 Victor Teng A$59,855
4 Natalie The A$45,070
5 Frank Koopmann A$30,990
6 Samuel Butters A$24,645
Ben Lamb

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.

Final results

Place Player Prize
1 Ben Lamb A$647,114
2 Jan Schwippert A$506,160
3 Wayne Yap A$328,320
4 Hui Chen-Kuo A$246,240
5 Jack Salter A$177,840
6 Roger Teska A$123,120

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.

Final results

Place Player Prize
Stevan Chew A$117,975($95,347)
2 James Seymour A$80,325($64,919)
3 Felix Daniel Schulze A$50,200($40,572)
4 Anthony Hope A$40,160($32,457)
5 Antonis Kambouroglou A$30,120($24,343)
6 Chao Duan A$25,100($20,286)

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.

Ari Engel

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.

Chip counts

Mike Del Vecchio US 2,330,000
Aaron Lim AU 1,358,000
Tu Lan CN 1,220,000
Vincent Chua AU 1,089,000
Ari Engel CA 1,075,000
Kahle Burns AU 973,000
Ben Richardson AU 967,000
Najeem Ajez AU 958,000
Espen Solaas NO 862,000

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.

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