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  • Tom Middleton Takes Down $1k No Limit Hold’em Event at Aussie Millions

    Friday, January 20th, 2012 by Ryan

The Aussie Millions for this year is official underway, and we’ve already knocked out one of the many events that are set to come your way. The series will take place at the Crown Casino, which is located in Melbourne, Australia. The opening event was a $1k Six Handed No Limit Hold’em event which came to an end earlier today. When all was said and done there were a total of 385 players who entered, and the event flew by. By the time that the night for Day 1 had come to an end, there were only three tables remaining, so everyone who was left was already in the cash. Two names who were left that many people may know specifically were Joe Hachem, and Tyron Krost as well.

With 18 players left in the action, Craig Cockburn found himself in first place with close to 475k in chips, and another well-known player sitting in second place in Kost Mamaliadis, who had a nice 13th place finish at last years World Series of Poker. Our future winner, Tom Middleton, was sitting just below the middle in 7th place at this point, and it didn’t take long for the eliminations to start coming. In the first hours of play, we saw so many eliminations that the players were down to two final tables. Cockburn held onto his chip lead to this point, and Middleton continued his strong play to work his way up the board. It was at this point though, with 12 players left, that the action slowed down quite a bit, and we saw some tight play from here.

When we got down to the final table, there were a few players looking to dodge the role of bubble boy, but it ended up being Xin Zhao who pushed his pocket threes all in. He got a called by Joe Dodds who had Ace-Jack offsuit, and Dodds hit his Jack on the turn to gain the lead. This sent Zhao home in 7th place, and the final table in the six-handed event was set. When it got to the final table, it was all Middleton. He knocked out every one of the remaining five players, and it took under two hours for him to pull off this impressive run. When he was heads up against Dodds, it took about ten minutes until it was done, and he took down the win and the first place payday of $84,200. Dodds on the other hand got a nice $58,135 for his second place finish.

The action continued with another event on Friday, that was a $1k rebuy event which had 92 total players enter. There were also a total of 331 rebuys, which made a very nice prize pool of $423k. You can bet that throughout the remainder of the Aussie Millions that there will be quite a few big names showing up in the many different events. We’ll keep you updated on the Aussie Millions as move tournament information comes out, including when the events start to wind down in just about a week.

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