Aussie Millions 2016: Tony Dunst dominates Day 3
How would you feel if 39 people stood between you and $1,600,000?
That's the situation our remaining players find themselves in after an exciting week of poker at this Aussie Millions Main Event.
Today was full of ebbs and flows. Things slowed down dramatically as players approached the money bubble and tried to hold on for a guaranteed $15,000 payday. In the end the bubble would burst just 10 minutes after dinner break. It was Mark Bevan who ended up one shy of the money.
Bevan found himself all in preflop holding A♣K♠ but needed help against the K♥K♦ of Artur Koren. A huge rail had gathered around to sweat the action as the runout came 5♠5♥Q♦2♠6♣. Bevan couldn't improve and while his tournament dreams were crushed, the remaining 80 players could breathe easy knowing they'd see a return on their investment.
And then, the floodgates opened.
The shortstacks who were clinging on had lost their inhibitions and the chips began flying. A sea of eliminations followed in the following levels as the field was chopped down significantly. Some of those who couldn't run it up included Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, Joe and Tony Hachem, Gary Pepper, Ryan Hong, Sam Cohen and Phillip Gruissem.
For 40 though it was a different story, and for World Poker Tour commentator Tony Dunst it was the best story of the day. Dunst had a great time at the table over the last seven levels, bagging up 1,627,000 at the end of play. He amassed a chunk of chips doling out eliminations to Phillip Gruissem and Pascal Hartmann.
Joining Dunst tomorrow on Day 4 are Stephen Chidwick (388,000), Jessica Dawley (302,000), KC Wong (423,000), Tino Lechich, (364,000) and Dylan Honeyman (726,000). Honeyman finished 11th in chips while James Obst, Samantha Abernathy, Alex Lynskey and Kitty Kuo all posted up top ten finishes to the day (see below).
Aussie Millions Main Event Day 3 Top Ten Chip Counts
Tony Dunst (USA) - 1,627,000
James Obst (Australia) - 1,196,000
Samantha Abernathy (USA) - 1,195,000
Artur Koren (Austria) - 1,109,000
Alex Lynskey (Australia) - 1,073,000
Ari Engel (Canada) - 834,000
Yuki Ko (Japan) - 828,000
Bobby Zhang (Australia) - 809,000
Kitty Kuo (Taiwan) - 783,000
Martin Rowe (Australia) - 729,000
And that's it! 40 remain, one will take home $1,600,000 and the prestigious Aussie Millions Main Event title. Play resumes again tomorrow from 12:30pm local time and we'll be playing down until our final table of seven is set.
We hope you can join us then!