All went dark in the media room.
Monitors turned off, computers powered down, sound was lost.
It was an exciting moment during an agonizingly slow period at the Aussie Millions Main Event final table.
That’s not to say the final table hasn’t been exciting. It has. It’s just that the players spent a long time sitting snugly and not getting out of line.
Fortunately, almost simultaneously, the power came back on and the action picked up the pace.
First there was a big hand that saw young Aussie Anthony Legg left crippled.
It started when he opened it up to 225,000 from the cutoff. Joel Douaglin then three-bet to 625,000 from the button. Back on Legg and he four-bet all in. Legg had around 2.2 million behind, with Douaglin having 1,495,000 in his stack. Eventually Douaglin called, tabling A♥Q♠ which was at-risk against Legg’s 9♠9♣.
When the dealer flipped over a Q♦5♦J♥ flop, the charismatic Douaglin began shouting “Yes, yes yes!” clapping his hands jovially as he did so.
The clapping didn’t subside until the dealer had turned over a 8♥ and 6♠ to complete the board.
Legg wasn’t clapping. He stood silently staring at the felt, willing the cards to change.
Of course, no amount of staring was going to help and so Legg sat back down.
But not for long as just a short while later he was all I preflop with K♣9♥ against Douaglin’s A♣J♥. Both players ended up making a flush, but Douaglin’s ace-high was good enough to officially become the villain of Legg’s story.
Legg picked up $235,000 for that result – obliterating his largest live result of $9,300 and crushing his biggest online result of $46,072 he received when he finished 6th in the PokerStars Sunday Million in 2013.
Not too long after Legg was sent home and Brian Rast also hit the rail.
The most notable name at the final table started the day as the short stack and had managed to grind away to five-handed play before his tournament came to an end.
Rast’s final hand saw him shove all in on the turn of a 8♥3♠2♠2♥ board after he had check-called a bet of 295,000 from his opponent Lennart Uphoff. When the cards were turned over, Rast found that his K♠10♠ for a flush draw was up against Uphoff’s A♠A♦ for a pair of aces.
Rast didn’t find the spade and it was all over!
For the 5th place finish, Rast added $315,000 to his immense tournament record which no skyrockets over $8 million in results.
Once Rast was eliminated, there were just a few orbits of play before the four remaining players – Uphoff, Douaglin, James Rann and Manny Stavropoulos – all made their way on a dinner break.
When they return they will continue the fight for the $1.6 million top prize and the Aussie Millions Main Event title. You can return too, from 8:45pm local time, when the coverage of this event will continue on the APPT9 Aussie Millions page.