The 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event is at the business end with the final table for the major Australian tournament now set.
Seven players will make their return to the felt on Sunday afternoon for the last day of the event. Ami Barer will be the initial favourite going into the last day of play given the massive chip lead he has over the other six players.
Barer will go into the final table with a stack of 6,570,000 chips to his name, which is 2.7 million more than the next highest stack. That stack belongs to California’s Vincent Rubianes, who finished Day 4 with 3,865,000 chips.
That makes him the biggest present threat to Barer’s chip lead, but as we all know in poker, it is not over until it’s over.
Andrew Phaedonas is the lone Aussie at the final table, and at 45 years old, is also the only remaining player not aged in their twenties. He will have 1,105,000 chips to his name when the final table gets underway, which makes him one of the short stacks. However, Phaedonas will likely have the home crowd on his side as he seeks to keep the Main Event title on Australian soil, meaning he should not be written off just yet.
Another player who most certainly cannot be counted out is Sorel Mizzi. The poker veteran is no stranger to the Aussie Millions and is, in fact, the only player in the history of the event to have landed at the final table more than once.
Mizzi made the Main Event final table in 2010, where he finished in third place. He also finished in 16th place in 2009 and ninth place in 2011. Such a strong history at the Aussie Millions, along with a stack of 2,830,000 chips, makes Mizzi one to watch on Sunday.
One player who did not make it to the final table was 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel. He was one of 36 players who made the cut to Day 4, but was eliminated in 25th place.
Another WSOP Main Event winner, Jason Mercier, was also eliminated on Day 4. The current chip leader ended Mercier’s Aussie Millions title aspirations. Mercier went all-in pre-flop with pocket Sevens and was called by Barer, who was in front with pocket Nines. Barer hit a full house on the flop, which enabled him to eliminate Mercier in 18th place.
Another famous player who was knocked out on Day 4 was eight-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and 35-time WSOP final table achiever Erik Seidel. Seidel was also eliminated by Barer, whose Ace-King stayed strong on the board to send Seidel packing in 11th spot.
The final table of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event is slated to take place Sunday afternoon at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. As always, PokerUpdate will keep readers posted with results of the final day of play.