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Aussie Millions 2019: Michael Gathy Wins Event #7 – A$2,500 8-Game For A$58,590

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  • Namita Ghosh January 25, 2019
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Just a day after Bart Lybaert took down Event #6: $1,150 Six Max at the 2019 Aussie Millions, another Belgian was seen taking top honors at another event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. Event #7: A$2,500 8-Game attracted a total of 94 runners and topping the field was Michael Gathy (cover image), who took the event down for $58,590 and his first Aussie Millions ring.

The event was played in a mixed game format and the opening day was intended to play out 18 levels or down to the seven-handed final table. The hand-for-hand bubble period was extended and the bubble burst midway on the penultimate level of the night. Mel Judah ended up as the bubble boy when he was eliminated in a game of Omaha Hi-Lo, leaving the remaining 11 finalists in the money.

Notables who couldn’t make Day 2 featured names like Mix Max champion Ari Engel, Johannes Becker, Joe Hachem, Julien Martini, Michael Moore, James Obst, Graeme Putt, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Jerry Wong.

The final hour of the day saw Daniel Ospina (9th forA$7,325), 2019 Shootout Champion Justin Liberto (10thfor A$7,325) and Richard Ashby (11th for A$6,275) hitting the rails in quick succession of each other.

Benny Glaser had navigated him way up in the final three levels of play and bagged the overnight chip lead with 541,000, while Gathy was a distant second in chips with 390,000.

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Benny Glaser – 541,500
  2. Michael Gathy – 390,000
  3. Sal Ribbera – 278,500
  4. Tim Marsters – 214,000
  5. Oliver Gill – 180,500
  6. Dean Francis – 153,000
  7. David Munday – 89,000
  8. Dale Townsend – 66,000


The final day began with eight players and only seven among them were to make it to the official final table. Dean Francis ended up as the unfortunate final table bubble. Francis, who has recently scored a 10th place finish in the PLO event, hit the rail in eighth place.


Final Table Recap

Dale Townsend was the first casualty on the final table and bowed out in seventh place. This was Townsend’s first Aussie Millions score since 2016.

Sal Ribbera and Benny Glaser were the next players to exit and crashed out in sixth and fifth places respectively. David Munday followed them out in fourth place.

Down to three-handed play, Gathy was chip leading with over 1.1 Million in chips and Timothy Marsters was the next biggest stack with 425,000, however it was Marsters who was eliminated next in third place.

The heads-up match between Oliver Gill and Gathy was heading in the obvious direction from the get-go. Gathy held the chip lead and rode it all the way to the podium to win the title and the ANTON Championship ring.

Michael Gathy

Final Table Results (AUD)

  1. Michael Gathy – $58,590
  2. Oliver Gill – $39,760
  3. Timothy Marsters – $26,155
  4. David Munday – $19,355
  5. Benny Glaser – $14,125
  6. Sal Ribbera – $11,510
  7. Dale Townsend – $9,415


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