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Engel, Dunst, Abernathy, Kuo Make Showcase Aussie Millions Final 7
It took three hours of bubble play to get there but the 2016 Aussie Millions has a final table of seven who will return Saturday to play for $1.6m AUD.
And what a group of seven it is.
Talented and entertaining pros Ari Engel, Tony Dunst, Sam Abernathy and Kitty Kuo have all punched their ticket to the final table along with three Australians.
That should make the final table one of the most exciting - and watchable - of the year when play resumes on Saturday in Melbourne.
Over $3.4m AUD is still on the table not to mention the prestige of winning one of the biggest events in the Southern Hemisphere.
Epic Slow Roll Marks Day 4 Playdown
While there were plenty of great hands over the playdown from the final 40 to seven today none will be talked about more than the elimination of Mikel Habb in 15th.
A businessman from Australia Habb has been in the spotlight at previous tournaments Down Under for his persona at the tables but this might have been his most memorable performance yet.
Getting his elimination hand off to an auspicious start with a misclick Habb drew plenty of ire from the local rail and the live stream for his pause before calling off with his Kings.
Needless to say his opponent in the hand, Sam Abernathy, felt some vindication when the hand played out to the river. Watch the clip below:
Talent Abounds at Final Table
Beyond the slow roll there's still plenty to talk about with this group at the final table.
Engel is one of the steadiest poker pros in the modern era with $2.2m in live earnings, cashes dating back to 2006 and a long stint as a Bodog-sponsored pro.
Dunst, of course, is the host of The Raw Deal segment on the World Poker Tour broadcasts and a WPT Champion in his own right.
Abernathy and Kuo, the first two female players to make the Aussie Millions final table together, are equally talented. Kuo has close to $1m in live earnings and won the PokerStars Macau Cup in 2009.
Abernathy made an immediate mark on the small-stakes live scene in Vegas in 2014 and already has a third-place finish at an Aussie Millions side event this year.
The three Australians left - Dylan Honeyman, John Apostolidis and Alexander Lynskey - also have their fair share of acclaim.
Lynskey has both APPT and WPT final tables and Honeyman won an Aussie Millions side event in 2013.
The final seven and chip counts:
1. Ari Engel 8,155,000
2. Tony Dunst 5,990,000
3. Samantha Abernathy 2,485,000
4. Alexander Lynskey 2,390,000
5. Kitty Kuo 1,005,000
6. John Apostolidis 960,000
7. Dylan Honeyman 885,000
Somerville Stream On Fire
The Main Event now takes a day break before resuming the final table but there's still plenty of action to enjoy in the meantime.
The stacked $100k Challenge final table picks up the torch tomorrow with Jason Mercier, Fabian Quoss, Fedor Holz and Ben Tollerene all in action.
After the Main Event final table on Saturday the $250k Challenge will step in and play to a winner on Monday.
The talented Jason Somerville has been live streaming all of the action on his Twitch channel and his commentary has been exceptional.
Watch the replay of the Day 4 action below and tune in tomorrow at 2:30 pm local time for more.