Gobboboy wins Aussie Millions prelim event

Jimmy Fricke
Gobboby wins!

The preliminary events of the Aussie Millions got underway over the weekend with a few familiar faces already Down Under to try to cash in before taking on the Main Event beginning early next week. One of the winners so far is none other than Jimmy "Gobboboy" Fricke.

Jimmy Fricke has played in all the events so far, not making it into the money in the first two, but Event 3 paid off for the online phenom. The $550 Limit Seven-Card Stud/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo/Razz event drew 96 players with Gobboboy taking the top spot and nearly $17,000 in prize money.

"I'm pretty tired tonight since we played the whole tournament in one day, but I'm playing the 1k LHE tomorrow so hopefully I don't get back upstairs until late again," Fricke wrote in his blog after his win.

He defeated a field that also included David Levi, Mel Judah, Lee Nelson and Thomas Bihl among others. Other pros that have been spotted in the first few events include Kenna James, Emad Tahtouh, Sarah Bilney, Anna Wroblewski, Shaun Deeb and Jeffrey Lisandro.

The Aussie Millions is also attracting some celebrity power. Michael Vartan, better known as Michael Vaughn on Alias, took a seat in the first couple events as well. Local media had reported he'd be there, and he's enjoying Australia so much that he had joked about finding himself an Aussie woman to marry so he could stay.

So far Vartan hasn't been able to turn an Aussie Millions event into a winning venture for himself, but there are plenty more events for him to take a crack at.

Event 4, $1,100 Limit Hold'em began playing today and 16 events in total including the $10,000 main event beginning Monday, Jan. 12. If Vartan continues to play, he likely won't see the competition get any softer as the pros already in town continue to play.

"Lots of tournaments to go, taking another one down would be cool beans," Gobboboy said in his blog.

Plus, as the main event nears, even more players will be pouring into Melbourne to get in on the action.

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