Aussie Millions Day 4: Barer leads final seven, Seiver and Mizzi alive
That's it! The final table of the 2014 Aussie Millions has been reached!
Seven days ago the first batch of players sat at the tables of the Crown Poker Room. Once all the entrants were counted, 668 players had ponied up the $10,600 buy-in.
Now, after Day 4, only seven remain.
Leading the way with 6,570,000 in chips is Ami Barer and he is joined by Vincent Rubianes, Sorel Mizzi, Jake Balsiger, Scott Seiver, Darren Rabinowitz and Andrew Phaedonas . It's certainly one of the most stacked final tables in Aussie Millions history. Mizzi has also created a new record by being the first player to make two Aussie Millions Main Event final tables.
Heading into today there were 36 players remaining. Six tables of six. Of that field there were some of the biggest stars in poker, including Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree, Jonathan Duhamel, Raymond Wu and Jason Mercier. Unfortunately none of these guys (or girl) made the final table of seven, with Mercier the best placed at 18th. It was Patrick Cravill who dealt the elimination to Boeree in 28th place and Wu in 33rd and so he was deemed the "Team Pro Slayer".
As the field continued to dwindle, the railbirds were buzzing as the big name pros hung onto life. There was one point in the day where it really looked like the final table would be one of the sickest ever compiled, but then players like John Juanda, Mercier, Jeff Rossiter and Erik Seidel started hitting the rail.
Seidel was oh-so-close to making his second Aussie Millions Main Event final table, but ended up short stacked when he shoved preflop holding K♥3♠ and couldn't compete against Ami Barer's A♠K♦. Seidel ultimately finished in 10th for $100,000. That score brings Seidel's lifetime earnings at the Aussie Millions alone above $5 million.
Australian recreational player Denny Lewis fell in 9th place, sending his chips to Sorel Mizzi when his K♥Q♠ couldn't compete against Mizzi's A♠K♠.
The final hand of Day 4 would see 2011 November Niner Eoghan O'Dea hit the rail as the final table bubble boy. It was another November Niner who would send O'Dea home as Jake Balsiger held 8♦8♣ against O'Dea's A♥K♠. The flop gave O'Dea some more outs with a sweat for a Broadway straight, but he didn't find what he needed and was eliminated in 8th place.
Final table chip leader Ami Barer has almost double that of his nearest competitor Vincent Rubianes, but with players like Sorel Mizzi, Scott Seiver, Darren Rabinowitz and Jake Balsiger filling spots in the final seven, Barer is not going to have it easy.
The only unknown player at the final table is also the only Australian. Andrew Phaedonas' largest tournament result prior to making this final table was for just $2,100 more than the enitre buy-in for the Aussie Millions Main Event. He's made it this far though, so anything can happen from here.
2014 Aussie Millions - Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: Jake Balsiger (USA) - 2,385,000
Seat 2: Darren Rabinowitz (USA) - 2,365,000
Seat 3: Scott Siever (USA) - 855,000
Seat 4: Vincent Rubianes (USA) - 3,865,000
Seat 5: Ami Barer (Canada) - 6,570,000
Seat 6: Andrew Phaedonas (Australia) - 1,105,000
Seat 7: Sorel Mizzi (Canada) - 2,830,000
The final seven players have a scheduled rest day on Saturday. It gives us a chance to hype up the final table and it also means Sorel Mizzi and Scott Seiver will likely buy-in to the $100K Challenge, which has registration open until the start of play on Day 2.
The final table will eventually kick off at 4:30pm. It is being filmed for television, but the PokerStars Blog will continue to provide all the feature stories and hand-by-hand updates on the Aussie Millions page. Also be sure to check out that page, and the link under the final table lineup, for profiles of each of the final seven players!