Phil Ivey and Antonius were far and away the most well-known poker pros who entered Day 4 with a shot of making the final table but it was the Finnish pro who proved to have staying power this time around.
Antonius bubbled this event in 2011, coming in eighth place, but made no mistake this time around, securing a spot at the final table with one of the bigger stacks with 3.3 million.
Everyone is looking up to businessman/poker player Shak, however, who ended with 3.7 million.
Bodog-sponsored pro Jay Tan also became the fifth woman to make the final table at the Aussie Millions, although she’ll take one of the shortest stacks into battle tomorrow.
Meanwhile Jarrod Glennon and Joe Cabret will represent Melbourne at the final table.
New Zealander David Yan will try to upset the Australian dominance at the Aussie Millions by taking the title back to Auckland.
Finally Malaysian Mervin Chan is a bit of a wild card at the final table but has nearly 3 million chips to work with.
Here’s a look at the final table chip counts:
- Dan Shak - 3,775,000
- Jarrod Glennon - 3,600,000
- Patrik Antonius - 3,345,000
- Mervin Chan - 2,910,000
- Joseph Cabret - 2,655,000
- David Yan - 1,450,000
- Jay Tan - 1,220,000
Phil Ivey Train Derailed by James Obst
Just one year after finishing 13th in the Aussie Millions Main Event, Phil Ivey was once again in the hunt for the final table.
This year Ivey’s ride came to an end slightly earlier than in 2012, thanks to a surging James Obst.
Ivey’s final hand was weird one. After a series of bets pre-flop, the dealer put out a five-high flop.
Obst bet, which sent Ivey into the tank. Eventually Ivey announced he was all-in but Obst didn’t hear so he waited several minutes before the dealer made it clear Ivey was all-in.
Obst immediately called with pocket sevens, which had Ivey’s pocket fives crushed. There were no surprises on the turn or the river and Ivey was eliminated in 30th.
Despite having a large stack after the hand, Obst didn’t last that much longer than Ivey. The Australian busted to Mervin Chan in 19th place.
Last year Ivey busted from the Main Event only to enter the $250k buy-in Super High Roller and eventually win it for $2 million. Unfortunately Ivey wasn’t able to attempt that feat again as the $250k conflicted with the Main Event.
It proved to be a long day at the Aussie Millions as it took nearly 15 hours of action to go from 36 players to the final seven.
The final table begins at 2:30 p.m. local time tomorrow.