The Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship Event #6 $1,100 No Limit Hold'em w/ Rebuy recommenced on Saturday as a stacked final table played down to a winner. The tournament originally attracted 92 players who accounted for 331 rebuys, creating a massive $423,000 prize pool. The stacked final table, all competing for a $122,670 first-place prize, consisted of some familiar names in Tyron Krost, the 2010 Aussie Millions champ; Dan “djk123” Kelly, who won Event #2 $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha earlier in the week; online stars Jim “Mr_BigQueso” Collopy and Jonathan Karamalikis; and the German Pro Marvin Rettenmaier.
However, when all was said and done, it was Australian pro Michael Pedley who outlasted them all to capture the title for the second time in five years!
Here is how things stacked up at the beginning of the day:
2012 Aussie Millions Event #6 Final Table
The first elimination of the day came when action folded to Michael Benvenuti in the cutoff and he opened to 3,500, which Rettenmaier called from the big blind. Both players proceeded to check the flop, and the was put out on the turn. Rettenmaier was first to act and led out for 3,800, Benvenuti called, and the hit the river.
Rettenmaier gave it a few moment's thought before moving all in, enough to put his opponent at risk. Benvenuti hit the tank for a solid three minutes before a clock was called. At this point, Benvenuti announced a call only to muck when Rettenmaier rolled over for trips. Benvenuti was eliminated on the hand in tenth place.
A short time later, a short-stacked Andrew Scarfe hit the rail after his failed to get there against the of Krost. After that, a hand developed that changed the course of the tournament. It began when action folded to Rettenmaier on the button and raised to 4,200. Karamalikis was in the big blind and pushed back to the tune of 10,600. Rettenmaier thought for a moment and then four-bet to 22,900, and Karamalikis simply moved all in for 101,900 total. Rettenmaier looked a bit blithe and made the call, creating a pot of around 205,000!
Karamalikis was ahead and stayed there as the board ran out , doubling him into the big chip leader, while Rettenmaier, who began the day as chip leader, was reduced to the short stack.
After losing that pot, Rettenmaier was unable to recover. His demise came when he ran into the of Krost. Rettenmaier failed to hit an ace and was dispatched in eighth place. He was followed out the door by Tony Sama, who’s couldn’t overcome the of Mike Watson.
The next elimination came when Collopy raised to 6,000 under the gun and Kelly, who was next to act, three-bet to 13,300. Action folded back around to Collopy and he moved all in for a little over 50,000, which Kelly called.
Collopy was dominated and in need of a ten, and while the window card was the , it was followed by the and on the flop. Both players had flopped a set, meaning Collopy needed to catch the case ten to survive. The turn was not it, and neither was the river. Collopy was eliminated on the hand in sixth place.
From there, Watson raised to 6,000 and Kelly opted to call from the big blind. The flop brought out and both players checked. The turn was the and Kelly lead out for 11,000. Watson gathered some chips and pushed a raise to 25,000 forward. Kelly announced he was all-in and Watson sighed as he made the call for his tournament life.
Kelly turned over for a flopped flush and Watson threw his cards face down towards the muck. The dealer turned over his and he was drawing dead. The completed the board as Watson shook hands with his opponents and exited in fifth place.
Krost was the next casualty when he got all in preflop with against the of Kelly. The board ran out and the former Aussie Millions Champ made his way across the room to take his seat in the 10th Anniversary Tournament of Champions, which had begun about an hour earlier.
The three-handed battle was intense as chips bounced back and forth between all the players. As it happened, Kelly was the next to fall when he moved all in preflop with and was called by Pedley’s . The board ran out and that was all she wrote for Kelly.
The heads-up match between Pedley and Karamalikis was fairly short, though both traded blows. Eventually Pedley managed to pull out to a decent chip lead and called Karamalikis’ all-in bet of 117,000. Pedley held and had the of Karamalikis crushed. The board ran out an uneventful , and Pedley captured the Aussie Millions $1,100 NLHE w/ Rebuys title for the second time in five years.
2012 Aussie Millions Event #6 Final Table Results