Main Event Reduced to Final 7
Friday was a fast-paced day at the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Aussie Millions Main Event. With 30 people returning to Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia to resume their quest for the final table, 11 of those players were eliminated in the first level of play. Three of those 11 were Canadians Mike McDonald (30th — $30,000), Jonathan Roy (26th — $30,000), and Ryan Yu (20th — $40,000).
That left two Canadians still in the running: last year's winner Ami Barer looking for a title defense, and Andrew Chen who started the day with the second-best stack.
Unfortunately, Chen's heap of chips was whittled down to a short stack and he three-bet all in from the small blind over Anthony Legg's open from the cutoff. Chen had the best of it with over Legg's — a 61% favourite according to the PokerNews Odds Calculator — but the board ran out queen high, giving Legg a pair and eliminating Chen in 16th place for $55,000.
Last year, Ami Barer sat facing Sorel Mizzi for an all-Canadian heads-up battle to end this same event. Barer managed to steal the win and earned $1.6 million for the feat while Mizzi brought home an even $1 million. All eyes have been on Barer throughout this Main Event as he continued to bag up a stack of chips day after day and seemed to be headed for the incredibly improbable title defense. On Friday, that dream came to an end when Barer was eliminated in 11th place, which is still an incredible back-to-back result in this premier, big buy-in event.
Barer opened the action preflop with a minimum raise from the cutoff to 60,000. Alex Lynskey, on the button, reraised to 160,000. The two players in the blinds got out of the way and Barer paused before moving all in for 725,000. Lynskey quickly called and showed to Barer's , putting Barer's fate in the hands of a near-even race. Barer was drawing dead by the turn when Lynskey hit a set, and Barer collected $95,000 for his fantastic finish.
With just seven players remaining, James Rann will return on Saturday with the most chips at 4,085,000. Brian Rast is the headline player in the lineup, and he brings up the rear with 1,185,000. The other five with their eye on the $1.6 million up top are Joel Douaglin (3,935,000), Lennart Uphoff (3,595,000), Anthony Legg (3,290,000), Manny Stavropoulos (2,115,000), and Richard Lyndaker (1,200,000).
Saturday will be a big day with both the Main Event and $100,000 Challenge final tables playing down to a champion. Check back with PokerNews Canada for our recap of the action.