Melbourne Regular Wins Main Event
It all began with 648 entries in the Aussie Millions Main Event at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, and Sunday the final table played down to a champion, awarding hometown hero Manny Stavropoulos $1,385,500 and a gold bracelet.
The final-table lineup was headlined by two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Brian Rast, but he couldn't make it past fifth place when he barrelled the turn all in with overcards and a flush draw but was snap-called by aces. The river did not complete the flush, and Rast was eliminated in fifth for $315,000.
When heads-up play began, Lennart Uphoff had nearly a two-to-one chip lead over Stavropoulos, but eventually lost the advantage. At that point, the two agreed on a deal that gave Uphoff $1,214,500 and Stavropoulos $1,285,000 and left $100,000 and the bracelet on the table to play for.
Stavropoulos got the job done in a straight-over-straight hand to collect the extra $100,000 and the title as well as the jewelry.
Phil Ivey Leads $250,000 Challenge
While the Main Event played to a new Champion, the highest-priced event of the Aussie Millions festival began. The LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge received 23 entries on Day 1, and Canada's Waterloo wizard Mike McDonald was among them. He ended the day in sixth of the surviving 10, and Phil Ivey leads overall.
Players like Ike Haxton, Steve O'Dwyer, Sam Trickett, Stephen Chidwick, Paul Newey, Phil Gruissem, and Tobias Reinkemeier were all eliminated from the event, but they have the opportunity to reenter before play begins on Day 2 if they wish to fire a second bullet.
The prizepool will be revealed early on Day 2 when registration is closed, and we'll be back with a recap of the action with our eyes on the single Canadian hope, Mike McDonald.