One of the most generous live poker tournament festivals is currently in progress at the Crown in Melbourne, Australia and this is the 2018 edition of Aussie Millions Poker Championship. So far some of the most renown poker players have made an appearance in the tournaments, the most recent one of them being the Event #5: A$1,150 Pot Limit Omaha. The participant who claimed the throne was Andrew Lock from Australia, who laid his hands on a total of A$69,140 (US$55,071) after outplaying all of his rivals for the big win.
The tournament itself caused a lot of excitement on the felt and this, in turn, secured a well-rounded total prize pool. Here were as many as 284 poker players willing to participate in the race for the throne. This meant that the prize pool swelled to $291,000 and guaranteed a sweet payday for the top positions on the leader board. The interest towards the event was also bigger than last year’s edition of the A$1,150 Pot Limit Omaha, as there were only 237 participants in 2017. Lock was the one to stand out in the crowd and demonstrate his poker skills from the get-go.
Final Table Action
Once the action reached the final table stages the chip leader was Gerald Karlic from Austria whereas Lock was following him closely in third place on the temporary leader board. As for the action, it was fast-paced and the first one to go home among the nine players surviving was Aussie poker player Rody Kaka. He received some A$6,985 (US$5,565) for his good performance. This was his sixth career cash from Aussie Millions which is an impressive feat. Soon after him, another Australian player had to go and that was Weng Wong, receiving A$8,735 (US$6,959) for his deep run.
The seventh position was reserved for a poker player with rather a memorable name. That was Stephen King from Australia, who is not related to the famous author, but was nevertheless granted some A$10,920 (US$8,698) for his long way in the poker event. Next one to go was fellow Australian David Wang, who marked his fourth cash from Aussie Millions with the help of the prize amounting to A$13,825 (US$11,012). The only player from the United States on the final table was Nipun Java who arrived at the event with his total live earnings amounting to some $2.2 million.
Java also has a WSOP bracelet which he claimed in 2017, making him one of the most proficient players on the final table. He made it to the fifth place and for this feat, he received as much as A$17,035 (US$13,568), even though he had his memorable previous poker performances to his name. The fourth place was occupied by Antonis Kambouroglou who defended his large all-time cashes amounting to some $800,000 and made it to the A$22,560 (US$17,969) cash.
As for the top three payers, Karlic bowed out as the third-place finalist even though he had the largest chip stack at the beginning of the final table, and for this great performance, he bagged A$28,385 (US$22,609). The runner-up position was then claimed by Chuyue Cui from Australia who went into a heads-up duel against Lock but had to leave oh so close to the throne with only A$44,390 (US$35,357). Lock was then granted the top prize and the special ANTON first-place ring.