Aussie Millions 2016: Final Table Live Updates

January 30, 2016

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10:30pm: Tony Dunst eliminated in 2nd place; Ari Engel wins!

It’s all over! Ari Engel is our 2016 Aussie Millions champion!

In the final hand Tony Dunst raised the button to 325,000 with A♣4♣. Ari Engel looked down at J♠7♣ in the big blind and decided to three-bet to 925,000. Dunst made the call and there was almost two million chips in the pot when the dealer fanned the 10♠4♦2♥ flop.

Engel was first to act and he came out with a bet of 825,000. With second pair, top kicker, Dunst made the call.

The J♣ rolled off on the turn and Engel put in a hefty bet of 1,650,000 which was met with a quick call from Dunst.

The 9♦ completed the board and Engel moved in with enough to cover Dunst who had a tick over six million chips behind.

Dunst counted out his stack then slid back in his chair and began deliberating.

“Wow,” he said to himself after about two minutes in the tank.

After a few moments more Dunst did make the call with his pair of fours but quickly threw his hand high into the air and into the muck when Engel tabled his turned top pair.

Dunst takes home a cool AU$1,000,000 for a fine tournament, but for his victory Engel takes home the Aussie Millions gold bracelet and AU$1,600,000 in prize money. Congratulations to Ari Engel!

That concludes our live coverage for today, but we’ll have a full recap of the final table coming shortly.

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10:20pm: Dunst caught bluffing on first hand back

On the first hand of play following the dinner break, Tony Dunst raised the button to 325,000 holding 5♥4♥. Ari Engel held 10♦7♦ in the big blind and made the call.

The flop landed A♣2♣7♠ and Engel check-called for 300,000 with bottom pair. The turn was the 8♦ and Engel checked to Dunst who now picked up a deceptive double-gutshot straight draw. Dunst bet again for 750,000 and Engel came along as a huge pot was in the middle before the 9♦ completed the board.

Engel checked for a third time and Dunst had a decision to make. He could give up with his five-high but instead he decided to barrel for a third time for 1.8 million. Engel was in a tough spot with fourth pair. He took his time and trusted his instincts to make a huge river call.

Dunst had been caught as the massive pot and chip lead was shipped to Engel. He’s back up to over 12 million with Dunst dropping under 9 million.

10:15pm: Play resumes
Level 31: 80,000/160,000 (20,000)

The players have returned from their dinner break and are ready to battle it out for the trophy and AU$1.6 million in prize money.

After going back and forth for several hours already, they are pretty much back where they started with Tony Dunst holding a narrow chip lead over Ari Engel.

Tony Dunst – 11,975,000
Ari Engel – 9,900,000

There is one hour left to play in Level 31 with the blinds at 80,000/160,000.

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9:30pm: Dinner break

The tournament clock has been paused as players have agreed to stop for a dinner break. They’ll be back in 45 minutes for the conclusion of this exciting heads up match.

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9:20pm: Dunst doubles
Level 31: 80,000/160,000 (20,000)

The stack of Tony Dunst had been starting to slowly dwindle but he just made a huge comeback in the most recent hand.

Dunst raised the button with A♥7♦ to 325,000 and Ari Engel defended his big blind with 7♣4♣.

The flop came A♠5♣2♦ and Engel check-called a bet of 325,000 to see the 6♣ turn.

Engel checked again and Dunst continued for 600,000. It was then that Engel moved all in over the top with enough to cover Dunst’s 4,200,000 behind. Dunst was clearly torn over his decision, counting out his stack and rechecking his cards.

After a couple of minutes Dunst slammed in chips for a call and saw he was in front but still in danger against Engel’s huge draw.

Any club, any three or any eight would’ve ended the tournament right there but the 7♥ river meant Dunst would double up and bring things almost back to even again.

9:00pm: Back to the action!

We’re back at it here with only two remaining.

Who will take home the $1.6 million and the Aussie Millions title?

Blinds resume at 80,000/160,000 with a 20,000 ante.

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8:45pm: Scheduled break

This epic heads up clash has just reached another 15-minute scheduled break. We’ll be back momentarily.

8:30pm: Engel floats
Level 30: Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000)

Ari Engel opened with a raise from the button to 265,000 holding 10♠7♠ before Tony Dunst made a three-bet with a rather less-than-premium K♠4♣. Engel made the call to see a flop of K♥6♠2♣.

With top pair, Dunst led out for 650,000. Engel had a whole lot of nothing but he floated with his ten-high to see the 5♥ appear on the turn.

Dunst checked it over to Engel who set his plan into motion with a bet of 550,000. Dunst stuck around with his pair of kings and improved to two pair on the 4♥ river.

Again Dunst tapped the table and Engel had a decision whether to continue to tell the story with his ten-high. He eventually checked behind and Dunst took it down. With that hand, Dunst claws his way back to 8 million with Engel just under 12 million.

8:20pm: Bathroom break

Play has slowed a little over the last twenty minutes or so with very little action to report. The tension became too much for Ari Engel who had to run off to take a very quick two-minute bathroom break.

The tournament staff put it to the two players if they would like to take a dinner break at the next scheduled break, but it sounds like the they would prefer to just have another quick fifteen-minute break, and then possibly take a longer break if they need it later on.

8:00pm: Engel takes some back
Level 30: Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000)

Tony Dunst raised to 280,000 from the button with the K♥6♦ and Ari Engel made the call with A♣8♣.

The flop landed 3♠Q♦7♦ and Engel checked to Dunst who continued for a bet of 275,000. Engel called with his ace high and paired up when the A♦ hit the turn.

Engel checked and Dunst bet 750,000 with his flush draw. Engel made the call with his top pair and the river landed the 9♠. It was a brick for both players and they were happy to check it down.

Engel’s top pair scooped the pot to jump back out to a two-to-one chip lead.

7:50pm: Dunst sniffs out the bluff
Level 30: Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000)

Ari Engel raised the button to 285,000 from the button holding 8♦6♠ and Tony Dunst called in the big blind with a pretty K♥J♥.

The flop landed K♣9♠10♦ and Dunst checked and then called with his top pair to see the 2♣ hit the turn. Both players checked and the river card was the A♣.

That looked like a scare card for Dunst’s hand but he was confident to lead out with a bet of 550,000. With just eight-high, the only way Engel could win the pot was to put in a bluff raise and that’s exactly what he did, making it 1.8 million.

Dunst had folded in these spots all night with the second best hand, but this time Engel was bluffing and Dunst had the best hand. After several minutes of thought, Dunst came to the correct conclusion once again and flicked out a chip to announce a call.

Engel showed his bluff and Dunst raked in the huge pot. He needed that one to claw back to just over nine million with Engel still in front with around 12 million.

7:40pm: Dunst finds a full house
Level 30: Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000)

The action has been slow lately but we just saw a hand go to the river.

Ari Engel raised to 285,000 on the button with K♠4♠ and Tony Dunst defended his big blind with 9♥8♦. The 7♣10♥8♠ flop saw both players check before the dealer turned the 7♠.

That card saw Engel pick up a flush draw but Dunst was still ahead with two pair. The latter checked again but Engel decided to bet 285,000. Dunst called and the river came the 8♥.

Both players quickly checked and Dunst took the pot down with his rivered full house.

7:15pm: Engel wheels in another nice pot
Level 30: Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000)

Tony Dunst raised the button to 300,000 with 7♠6♦ and Ari Engel flat called in the big blind with A♥5♦.

The flop landed 4♣Q♦10♣ and both players checked. The 2♣ hit the turn and Engel checked it over to Dunst who bet 350,000. Engel made the call with his gutshot and spiked the straight with the 3♣ river.

Engel checked and Dunst fired again with his seven-high, this time for 750,000. Engel snapped it off and tabled his straight to take down the healthy pot.

Engel is now out to a two-to-one chip advantage which is the largest of this heads-up battle so far.

7:10pm: Five-bet shove from Engel
Level 30: Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000)

Just a couple of hands after the break we saw a huge preflop raising war between Tony Dunst and Ari Engel.

Dunst raised to 300,000 from the button with A♥7♦ and Engel bumped it up to 885,000 holding A♦8♥ from the big blind.

Back on Dunst he put in another raise to 2,000,000 but Engel decided to go with it and five-bet jammed for 11,000,000.

Dunst was dominated but he threw it away to fight another pot.

7:05pm: Play resumes

The players are back with the blinds now up to 60,000/120,000 (20,000). After all the back and forth action the chips are nearly dead level again as these two warriors continue the battle.

Ari Engel – 11,465,000
Tony Dunst – 10,410,000


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6:50pm: Another break

The players are now taking a fifteen-minute break.

6:45pm: Nice flop for Dunst
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Ari Engel raised the button to 250,000 with 8♥8♠ and Tony Dunst made the call in the big blind with 5♥4♦. Dunst got a great flop when it arrived 5♣5♦9♦ to give him trips and he tapped the table. Engel bet 250,000 and Dunst made the call.

The turn was the J♥ and both players checked to see the 3♦ fall on the river. Dunst decided to keep it small and checked again with Engel checking behind.

Engel showed his pair but the pot was shipped to Dunst with trip fives.

6:40pm: Big pot goes Engel’s way
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Things have been fairly even so far in this heads up match but Ari Engel just took the biggest lead so far. The hand that did it saw Tony Dunst raise to 250,000 on the button with A♠10♠ and Engel three-bet to 750,000 holding Q♥Q♣.

Dunst decided just to call the reraise and players saw a flop of A♣7♥5♠. Engel continued for 425,000 and Dunst called with the best hand. The Q♦ turn however gave Engel a set of queens and meant Dunst was drawing dead. Engel fired for 750,000 this time and again Dunst made the call.

The 6♣ river prompted Engel to wager 1,400,000 and Dunst had a tough decision. He considered his options for a couple of minutes before ultimately throwing his hand away and dropping down to 8,500,000 in chips.

6:30pm: Three threes
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Ari Engel raised the button to 250,000 with the K♣3♠ and Tony Dunst made the call with A♥8♣. The flop landed 6♥3♦2♦ and both players checked.

Dunst led out for 275,000 on the 3♣ turn with his ace high, but Engel had improved to trip threes so he wasn’t going anywhere. He decided to play it slow and flat call as he further improved to a full house with the K♥ river.

Dunst slowed down and checked it across to Engel who bet 450,000. Dunst gave it some thought, but he’s been making the right folds in these spots all night, and that continued here as he let it go.

6:15pm: Dunst back on top
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Tony Dunst raised the button to 250,000 with J♠7♥ and Ari Engel was happy to defend his big blind with the Q♠10♦.

Both players checked the 10♠9♦J♦ flop and Engel decided his pair of tens and straight draw was good for a bet of 265,000 on the turn. Dunst called with his top pair and he improved to trips when the J♠ appeared on the river.

Engel decided to bet again for 425,000 but Dunst snapped it off and tabled his trips to scoop the pot. With that pot, Dunst reclaims the chip lead with almost 12 million to Engel’s 10 million.

6:10pm: Nut flush for Dunst
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Tony Dunst has regained some momentum after making the nut flush in a recent hand against Ari Engel.

Engel raised the button to 250,000 with K♦8♦ before Dunst defended in the big blind holding A♠7♠. The 5♠3♠6♥ flop went check check but the 8♥ turn inspired some action. Dunst now with the nut flush draw and open ended straight draw led for 350,000 and Engel made the call with top pair.

The 4♠ river completed both Dunst’s draws and he bombed the river for value. He bet 1,000,000 in chips sending Engel into the tank. Engel continued shuffling his chips while deliberating for a few minutes.

“Sorry” Engel said to Dunst about taking so long, before making the call about 30 seconds later.

Engel saw the bad news and Dunst scooped a healthy pot.


6:05pm: Strong four-bet from Engel
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Ari Engel opened with a raise to 250,000 holding A♥6♦ and Tony Dunst put in a light three-bet to 725,000 with 9♣6♣. Engel was confident he had the best hand as he four-bet to 1.8 million. Dunst had to let it go.

Engel is now into the chip lead with just over 11 million to Dunst’s 10 million.

6:00pm: Engel applies pressure
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Tony Dunst raised it up to 250,000 on the button with A♥2♠ and Ari Engel made the call in the big blind with a slightly superior A♦3♠.

For something different, Engel decided to lead out for 300,000 with his gutshot on the flop of 6♥4♠2♣. Dunst called with bottom pair and the turn was the 9♣. Engel released another barrel, this time for 600,000. Dunst couldn’t sustain the pressure and was forced to fold the best hand.

5:45pm: Engel trips Dunst
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Ari Engel raised the button with J♥2♣ and Tony Dunst defended his big blind with a call holding a strong A♠10♦.

The flop landed J♣J♠8♦ to give Engel trip jacks but both players checked. The turn was the 10♠ and Dunst led out with a bet of 300,000. Engel made the call and the river was the A♣. Dunst had paired his ace and he bet 750,000 for value but Engel made a quick call and tabled the best hand.

That pot has almost evened up the chip stacks with Dunst just over 11 million to Engel who has just over 10 million.

5:40pm: Back and forth
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

The heads up action hasn’t been too fierce yet.

A recent hand saw Ari Engel raise the button to 250,000 before we saw one of our first three-bets since getting down to two players. Tony Dunst in the big blind raised it up to 725,000 and it was back on Engel.

He gave the decision some thought but ultimately tossed his hand in the muck.

5:30pm: Play resumes
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Here’s the approximate chips counts as heads-up play commences:

Tony Dunst – 12.3 million
Ari Engel – 9.5 million


5:15pm: Quick break

The two players are now taking a quick break so that the table can be setup for heads-up play with the cash and bracelet on the table. Both are now guaranteed a seven-figure pay day and are gunning for the title and top prize of AU$1.6 million.

5:10pm: Samantha Abernathy eliminated in 3rd place ($AU625,000)
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Samantha Abernathy’s stack had been dwindling and she has now been eliminated after a preflop clash with Ari Engel.

Abernathy moved all in preflop from the small blind for her last 1,500,000 and Engel next to act made the call.

Abernathy: 10♥8♦
Engel: A♥9♦

Abernathy was behind but had live cards as an interesting 9♣A♣J♦ flop fell. Engel had improved to top two pair while Abernathy picked up an open ended straight draw.

The J♥ paired the board and didn’t change much before the 8♠ river completed the board to seal Abernathy’s fate. Abernathy earns herself the best result ever from a female player at the Aussie Millions and picks up $625,000.

2016 aussie millions FT Samantha Abernathy.jpg

5:00pm: Dunst takes some from Engel
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Tony Dunst brought it in for a 220,000 raise on the button with Q♠Q♥ and Ari Engel defended his big blind with A♠J♥.

The flop came down 5♣9♥J♠ and when it was checked to Dunst, he continued for 250,000. Engel called and the dealer turned the 10♠. Dunt fired 600,000 this time and once again Engel made the call.

The 4♥ river arrived and the action went check-check as Dunst’s overpair held and he took down the pot.

4:55pm: Play resumes

The players are back in their seats at the feature table with the blinds now up to 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000-chip ante.

Chip counts at the break:
Tony Dunst – 10,955,000
Ari Engel – 9,245,000
Samantha Abernathy – 1,625,000

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4:40pm: Break it up

The three remaining players are now taking a scheduled fifteen-minute break. Back soon!

4:25pm: Dunst with a nice fold
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

In a limped battle of the blinds, Tony Dunst and Ari Engel continued their battle as they saw a heads-up flop of 2♦A♦5♠.

Engel was first to act holding the 8♣7♦ and he took a stab at it with a bet of 85,000. Dunst made the call. The turn was the 2♣ and both players checked before Engel stole the lead when the 7♥ river gave him a pair of sevens.

Engel bet out 145,000 and Dunst deliberated with his third pair. His instincts were right as he tossed his cards into the muck. Both players are pretty even in chips with just under ten million in chips apiece.

4:15pm: Alex Lynskey eliminated in 4th place (AU$445,000)
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Alex Lynskey had been holding on with the short stack for a while but he was finally eliminated in a recent hand.

The man who knocked him out was Ari Engel. After the Candian limped under the gun Lynskey moved in on the button and was snap-called when it folded back around to Engel.

Lynskey: A♥7♥
Engel: A♣A♦

Lynskey needed a lot of help but he couldn’t find any with the boarding falling 6♣Q♠5♦2♠7♠.

For his impressive fourth place finish this week Lynskey collects $445,000.

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3:55pm: Top two for Engel
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Samantha Abernathy raised from the cutoff to 175,000 holding 9♠9♦ before Ari Engel three-bet on the button to 515,000 with A♣10♣. Action passed to Abernathy who called to see a flop of A♠4♣10♦.

That was a great flop for Engel with top two pair and he continued for 445,000. Abernathy’s cards were quickly in the muck as she slips to 2.6 million chips.

3:50pm: Dunst clubbed
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Ari Engel raised from under the gun with A♠10♣ and action moved to Tony Dunst in the big blind who popped it to 325,000 with a monster K♦K♠.

Engel made the call and the flop landed 4♣6♣3♣. It was not a flop that Dunst liked as he checked and Engel checked behind. The turn was the 7♠ and again both players checked. The river brought the J♣ to put four clubs on board and Dunst checked for a third time to Engel who tossed out 225,000. Dunst made a crying call with his kings but Engel would take it down with his flush.

3:45pm: Lynskey gets a little loose
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Tony Dunst opened with a raise from under the gun to 175,000 with A♥K♥ and play folded to Alex Lynskey in the big blind. Lynskey only held the 7♥4♣ but he decided to put his new chips to work as he raised to 470,000.

Dunst wasn’t going to let Lynskey get away with that as he moved all in and Lynskey quickly let it go. Lynskey drops back to 1.2 million.

3:40pm: Lynskey doubles
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

The last Australian in the field Alex Lynskey just found himself a lucky double through Ari Engel.

Engel raised to 175,000 from under the gun before Lynskey moved all in from the button for his last 175,000. It folded back around to Engel and he snapped it off.

Engel: A♥10♠
Lynskey: A♠7♥

“Seven!” called Lynskey’s big group of rail birds as they sweated his possible elimination.

The 4♦6♠8♦ flop gave Lynskey a gut shot draw and a little extra hope.

The 7♦ rolled off on the turn and Lynksey took the lead as the crowd roared.

“Let’s f***ing go!” shouted one of Lynskey’s supporters.

He just needed to fade a nine or ten to double up and he and the 8♥ river saw him survive for a much-needed double up.

3:30pm: Dunst battles with Engel
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Ari Engel opened to 175,000 under the gun before Tony Dunst put in a sizable three-bet from the small blind to 550,000 with 7♠7♥. Engel held J♦10♦ and peeled to see a flop of 3♠5♣8♣.

It was a good flop for Dunst’s hand and he continued for 450,000. Engel let it go and Dunst collected the pot.
3:20pm: Engel with a pair
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

After three-bet shoving with pocket jacks the previous hand, Alex Lynskey opened the action with a raise to 160,000. Samantha Abernathy made the call in the small blind with 9♠7♠ and Ari Engel came along in the big blind with 10♥5♥.

The flop landed K♦5♣4♥ and action checked to Lynskey who continued for 175,000. Abernathy folded but Engel called with his middle pair before both players checked down the 3♠ turn and 9♦ river.

Engel tabled his hand and collected the pot to leave Lynskey on the short stack with about 1.2 million.

3:15pm: Updated chip counts
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Tony Dunst – 8,925,000
Ari Engel – 8,290,000
Samantha Abernathy – 3,335,000
Alex Lynskey – 1,325,000

3:10pm: Play resumes

Players are back to the action. Blinds are now 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante.

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2:55pm: First break of the day

Our remaining four players have stepped away for their first 15-minute break of the day.

2:50pm: Dunst takes over the chip lead
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

On the last hand before break, Tony Dunst has taken a chunk out of the stack of Ari Engel to take over the tournament chip lead.

Dunst raised the button preflop to 135,000 with A♦9♥ and Engel defended his big blind with a call holding K♣7♠.

The flop landed A♣9♣6♦ and Engel checked to Dunst who bet another 135,000. Engel came back with a check-raise to 405,000 with just king-high. Dunst made the call with his top two pair and the turn was the Q♣. Engel picked up a flush draw and fired a hefty bet of 735,000. Dunst called and managed to fade the flush on the 5♥ river.

Both players checked it down and Dunst took it down to reclaim the tournament chip lead. Dunst has around 8.9 million to Engel’s 8.2 million.

2:45pm: Dylan Honeyman eliminated in 5th place (AU$340,000)
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

The action hasn’t slowed on the Aussie Millions final table as we’ve just lost another player. This time it was Australian Dylan Honeyman who fell after a rather dramatic run out of the board ultimately went against him.

The hand start with an under-the-gun raise from Tony Dunst to 125,000. Ari Engel called on the button and action was with Honeyman in the small blind. He thought for a bit before raising it up to 380,000. Dunst four-bet to 800,000 which forced Engel from the hand, before Honeyman went all in. Dunst made the call and the cards were on their backs.

Honeyman showed J♥J♠ and was up against Dunst’s A♦K♦ in a classic race situation but Honeyman took a big lead when the 10♥J♦3♣ flop was spread. Honeyman’s set left Dunst needing a queen for the Broadway straight. The turn was the K♣ which didn’t change anything, but the river fell the Q♠ to give Dunst the straight for the knockout blow!

Honeyman did well to climb a couple of pay jumps as the short stack at the start of the day, but in the end, it was a cruel way to fall. He takes home AU$340,000 for a great tournament.


2:30pm: Kitty Kuo eliminated in 6th place (AU$270,000)
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

We have lost Kitty Kuo from the final table in sixth place.

After successfully sneaking through a couple of blind steals, Kuo three-bet all in with A♠J♦ from the small blind over the top of an open-raise by Ari Engel on the button. Dylan Honeyman tank-folded from the big blind, but Engel made the call with 9♥9♦.

Kuo would need some help but the board would brick out 7♠4♦Q♣Q♠6♣.

It was a great run by one of Asia’s most popular players as she takes home AU$270,000 for her sixth place finish.

Engel now has a commanding chip lead with around 10 million of the 22 million chips in play with five players remaining.


2:25pm: Lynskey on the comeback trail
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Alex Lynskey is back in it after landing a double up against Samantha Abernathy.

Abernathy raised to 125,000 from under the gun and it folded around to Lynskey in the small blind. He moved all in for his last 655,000 and after a few moments Abernathy made the call.

Lynskey: A♥A♦
Abernathy: 10♣9♣

It was a sick flop with 4♣7♦8♣ arriving to give Abernathy both straight and flush draws. She couldn’t find help on the 4♠ and when the 4♥ river peeled off Lynskey’s cheer squad on the rail erupted.

The Australian young gun’s aces hold and he stacks up over 1,300,000.

2:20pm: Dylan doubles
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Shortstack Dylan Honeyman found a double up through chip leader Ari Engel.

Engel jammed from the cutoff and it folded to Honeyman in the small blind. He gave it some thought but committed for his last 740,000.

Honeyman: 7♠7♥
Engel: 5♥2♥

Honeyman was way in front and while the K♠2♠3♠ paired Engel, Honeyman was still in great shape holding the only spade of the two. The 6♥ turn did give Engel a gut shot straight draw but the J♣ bricked out and Honeyman scored himself a double up.

2:10pm: Bad runout for Lynskey
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

The hand began with Ari Engel raising to 135,000 with 7♥5♥ and when it folded to Alex Lynskey in the big blind he opted to defend with A♣7♣.

The flop landed 6♣K♣5♠ to see Lynskey find a nut flush draw and Engel hit bottom pair. Engel continued for another 140,000 and Lynskey made the call.

The best card in the deck for Engel arrived on the 5♦ turn as he avoided the flush and improved to three of a kind. Lynskey check-called another 285,000 and got perhaps the worst card in the deck for him when the A♠ arrived on the river.

Lynskey had improved but was still ahead and when he checked, Engel went for 505,000 value. A call from Lynskey saw him drop down to 745,000 in chips.

2:10pm: Pair versus pair
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Kitty Kuo raised from the hijack position to 125,000 holding 5♦5♠ and play passed around to Samantha Abernathy who made the call in the big blind with 8♠8♦.

The flop landed A♠K♥6♦ and Abernathy check-called for a bet of 100,000. The board got scarier for the small pairs when then Q♥ hit the turn and both players checked. The river was the 3♠ and again it was checked down with Abernathy’s pair of eights taking it down. She’s now up to four million in chips while Kuo is getting pretty short.

1:55pm: Another for Abernathy
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Dylan Honeyman opened with a raise to 125,000 from the hijack position holding K♠Q♦ before Samantha Abernathy three-bet to 275,000 in the small blind with A♠10♠. Honeyman thought briefly before making the call and the flop landed A♥7♥7♦.

Hitting top pair, Abernathy led out with a bet of 325,000 and that was enough to take it down.

1:45pm: Six on the river saves Samantha again!
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

On Day 4, Samantha Abernathy was involved in an interesting hand where she spiked a six on the river to hit a set and crack the pocket kings of Mikel Habb.

Well, Abernathy has done it again with a six on the river sparing her from doubling up Dylan Honeyman.

Abernathy opened with a raise to 125,000 from the cutoff. Honeyman three-bet to 260,000 from the big blind before Abernathy declared herself all in and Honeyman snapped it off.

Abernathy held A♥K♣ but Honeyman had the goods with his A♣A♦. The flop of 5♣9♣8♣ brought three clubs but that was no help to Abernathy as Honeyman held the best club. The turn was the 7♦ which brought a few murmurs of a potential chop as Abernathy would need to somehow find an off-suit six on the river.

The dealer burned and there it was…the 6♥! The crowd roared as the popular Abernathy was saved from doubling up her dangerous opponent as they chopped it up!

1:40pm: Engel with the cold four-bet

Alex Lynskey opened with a raise to 125,000 holding K♦J♠, before Tony Dunst three-bet in the cutoff to 275,000 with unknown cards. Action then passed to Ari Engel who decided to get involved from the small blind with A♣9♥.

Lynskey got out of the way, and Dunst gave it a little thought before also stepping aside.

1:30pm: John Apostolidis eliminated in 7th place (AU$210,000)
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

It hasn’t taken long to lose our first player from the Aussie Millions Main Event final table with the lone amateur, John Apostolidis, the one to fall.

On the third hand of the final table, Apostolidis raised from early position to 205,000 and action folded around to Samantha Abernathy in the small blind. She moved all in and Apostolidis made a quick call.

It was a coin flip with Apostolidis making the call with A♥K♣ against Abernathy’s Q♠Q♥.

The board ran out 5♦J♦8♣4♥7♣ and after a quick count down of chips, it was deemed that Abernathy had Apostolidis covered.

It was a great run by the Melbourne local as he captures the biggest result of his career with his 7th place worth AU$210,000.

Meanwhile Abernathy is up to around 3.5 million in chips.


1:20pm: John jams first hand
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

First hand and first pot to John Apostolidis.

It folded to Apostolidis in the cutoff and he moved all in for 950,000.

The whole table folded and Apostolidis showed J♦J♣.

12:50pm: Cards in the air!

Action is now underway here for our Aussie Millions final table.

To avoid spoilers we’ll be reporting on a 30-minute delay.

Stay tuned!

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12:35pm: Delayed start

As is usually the way with any televised final table production, there will be a slightly delayed start. The players are just fulfilling some media requirements with photos and interviews before things get under way.

12:30pm: Welcome to the final table

The 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event has come down to the final seven players. Before the day is through one of them will be crowned champion and take home AU$1.6 million in prize money.

It’s an exciting final table line up with a great mix of players. We have two female players in Kitty Kuo and Samantha Abernathy, a couple of Australian young guns with Alex Lynskey and Dylan Honeyman, seasoned pros Tony Dunst and chip leader Ari Engel, and the lone local hope John Apostolidis.

2016 Aussie Millions Final Table
Seat 1: Dylan Honeyman (Australia) – 885,000
Seat 2: Alex Lynskey (Australia) – 2,390,000
Seat 3: Tony Dunst (United States) – 5,990,000
Seat 4: Samantha Abernathy (United States) – 2,485,000
Seat 5: Ari Engel (Canada) – 8,155,000
Seat 6: Kitty Kuo (Chinese Taipei) – 1,005,000
Seat 7: John Apostolidis (Australia) – 960,000

To compliment our coverage there will be a live stream of the final table hosted by Jason Somerville on Twitch at RunItUp.TV. The stream is free and with hole cards on a thirty-minute delay. In an attempt to help our readers avoid spoilers, we’ll also be posting content on a thirty-minute delay.


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Live updates brought to you courtesy of Brad Kain and Heath Chick. Photos by Jonno Pittock and Christian Zetzsche.


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