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Day 3 of the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event is now in the books and out of the 169 runners who returned to the felts, only 38 advanced to Day 4.
Team India’s run in the Main Event has come to an end as all three Indian pros, Aditya Sushant, Paawan Bansal and Vinod Megalmani, were eliminated before the day concluded yesterday. While Bansal and Megalmani busted out before the money bubble burst, Sushant was one of the first two players to finish in the money and placed 87th for A$15,600 (₹8.07 Lakhs).
Last year’s fifth place finisher in the Main Event, Mike Del Vecchio bagged the overnight chip lead with a huge stack of 2,403,000. Dingxiang Ong (1,402,000) and Matthew Wakeman (1,292,000) are very distant second and third in chips with 38 players left.
It was an action-packed day at the felts that saw a starting field of 169 whittle down to just 38 runners. Several big names fell out of contention on Day 3, including all three contenders from India i.e. Aditya Sushant, Paawan Bansal and Vinod Megalmani.
Of the Indian trio, Paawan Bansal was the first to fall. He had started the day with a respectable 197,300 in chips. During level 13, he got into a three-way pot with Rodrigo Meneses and Karim Jomeen. Bansal ultimately mucked his hand and the pot was won by Jomeen, even as Meneses was eliminated from the tournament. Bansal’s stack came down to 135,000 after this hand. In the next level, he pitted his against Kevin Clark‘s . The board fanned out and Clark rivered a eight-high straight which brought an end to Bansal’s run.
Vinod Megalmani was the shortest among the three with a starting stack of 29,500. While he managed to outlast Bansal, he too did not progress much further and eventually busted out empty-handed when his were outdone by an opponent’s .
Aditya Sushant was the lone Indian challenger to finish in the money. He began the day with 292,800 in the bag and went on to eliminate PokerStars Team pro Celina Lin. Sushant’s cracked Lin’s , as the board spread out . Sushant’s stack swelled to 311,000.
He thereafter tangled with the Day 1C chip leader Cole Swannack when the latter opened to 6,500 and received calls from Sushant and Dominik Panka. All three players checked through to see the open on the board. Action checked to Sushant who bet to 9,000. Panka folded and Swannack called. The river brought and both players checked. Sushant took down the pot with for top pair.
Sushant however, lost a big pot to Jan Larsson during level 16 which brought his stack down to 165,000. A level later, Mike Del Vecchio eliminated Maxi Lehmanski on the money bubble. Soon thereafter, Chris Wookey and Aditya Sushant became the first two players to finish in the money. Sushant pocketed A$15,600 (₹8,07,645) for his 87th place finish.
Other notable eliminations in the money include Andrew Michael (38th for A$31,200), Jesse Sylvia (45th for A$25,400), Indian-origin Nauvneel Kashyap (51st for A$25,400), Michael Soyza (57th for A$20,500), Kevin Clark (84th for A$15,600) and Indian-origin Ajay Chabra (86th for A$15,600).
After seven levels of rigorous play yesterday, Mike Del Vecchio emerged as a massive chip leader as he bagged 2,403,000 in chips. He was the only player to cross the 2-Million mark, even as Dingxiang Ong (1,402,000) and Matthew Wakeman (1,292,000) rounded up the top three stacks.
“I never really lost a pot the entire day,” said Del Vecchio. “I had a really frustrating Day 1, with a good last level. Then a really frustrating Day 2, but again a good last level. But today I just won every pot all day. Honestly it was about as perfect as it could possibly have gone. I can’t understand how it could have gone any better.”
Some poker heavyweights still in the running include former WSOP bracelet-winners Andrew Hinrichsen (1,230,000), Bryn Kenney (782,000), and Michael Addamo (623,000), along with Michael Egan (609,000), Quan Zhou (528,000), Farid Jattin (493,000), Vojtech Ruzicka (443,000), Jack Salter (239,000), Day 1c chip leader Cole Swannack (204,000) and Dominik Panka (185,000).
1. Mike Del Vecchio – 2,403,000
2. Dingxiang Ong – 1,402,000
3. Matthew Wakeman – 1,292,000
4. David Wang – 1,247,000
5. Andrew Hinrichsen – 1,230,000
6. Gavin Flynn – 1,050,000
7. Greg Heaver – 962,000
8. Ryan Otto – 927,000
9. Andrian Chin – 838,000
10. Bjorn Ostby – 835,000
With Day 4 currently underway and the A$100,000 Challenge running alongside, there is still a lot of thrilling action yet to unveil at the series!
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