The A$1,150 Shot Clock Shootout Event #3 of the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship saw the 14 winners of their shootout table of the previous day return to the poker room of the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. They were drawn on two seven-handed tables and once the final four on each were reached, the field was combined to the final table of the last eight.
Among those to bust before the final table but taking a share of the prize pool were Kyle White (12th, $3,230) as well as [Removed:172] and Ari Engel (10th respectively 9th for $3,875 each). Local player Nam Le started the hunt for the LK Boutique winner ring with a dominating chip lead whereas Henrik Tollefsen and Dietrich Fast were among the short stacks.
It was Chance Kornuth who was sent to the rail first after flopping a pair of jacks only to see Le look him up with a pair of kings. Tollefsen was next to fall when his ace-queen found no help against the ace-king of Adam Jarvis. Simon Thwaites followed in sixth place, his ace-four was beaten by fellow Aussie Jarvis with the jack-eight of hearts that turned into a straight.
2015 World Series of Poker Europe bracelet winner Fast flopped an open-ended straight flush draw with nine-ten of diamonds and Le looked him up with king-seven of diamonds for the higher flush draw. Neither player improved and king-high scooped the pot. Jarvis then fell in fourth place, his ace-five stood no chance against the pocket kings of Mooney.
The remaining three players agreed to an ICM deal and left A$3,000 as well as the LK Boutique winner ring up for grabs. Roope Salminen was sent to the rail in third place shortly after, the Finn lost a raise with pocket sixes against the ace-eight of Mooney as an eight fell on the turn. Heads-up play took one hour before Le flopped a set of eights and turned a full house, Mooney's all in with a pair of jacks found no help anymore.
Shortly after the winner pictures were taken, Le headed straight to the registration desk in order to sign up for the $1,160 Mix Max Event #5. Below are the results for the Shot Clock Shootout event, the full payouts can be found here.
On the flop , Geoffrey Mooney bet 3,000 and Nam Le flat-called before the fell on the turn. Mooney fired another bet worth 6,000 and Le then squeezed to 15,000. Mooney checked his stack and then announced all in to see his opponent snap-call.
Only a jack could keep Mooney in the tournament, as Le had already hit a full house. However, it was the blank river that sent him to the rail in 2nd place and crowned Le as champion.
Only a few minutes after agreeing to the deal and coming back from the break, Roope Salminen raised to 2,000 from the small blind. Geoffrey Mooney announced all in and Salminen called. "Okay, off to the races," the Finn said.
The Finn kept the lead on the flop, but Mooney improved thanks to the turn. It was the blank river that sent Salminen to the rail in 3rd place and set up the all-Australian heads-up duel.
Geoffrey Mooney opened to 1,600 and Adam Jarvis moved all in for around 12,000 from one seat over. Mooney didn't even ask for a count but quickly called and flashed the . Jarvis was trailing with the and didn't get there on the board .
Jarvis was sent to the payout desk to collect A$11,625 for his efforts and the field has been reduced to the last three.
Dietrich Fast opened and was called by Nam Le on the button. On the flop , Fast continued for 1,000 into a pot of 2,500 and Le put him all in. Fast called for around 6,500 chips with for the open-ended straight flush draw, trailing the of Le for the higher flush draw.
Ultimately, king-high scooped the pot as the board completed with the turn and river. Fast headed to the payout desk and Le increased his lead slightly.
Adam Jarvis raised to 700 from early position and Henrik Tollefsen moved all in for 6,500 from one seat over. Jarvis snap-called with the and had the dominating kicker to the of his opponent. "That's not a good flop," Tollefsen said when he saw coming. Neither the turn nor river changed anything and Tollefsen was sent to the rail.
Chance Kornuth opened to 700 from early position and Nam Le three-bet to 2,000 from one seat over. Adam Jarvis called and so did Kornuth. On the flop , the action was checked to Le and he bet 3,100. Kornuth called and the fell on the turn.
Again, Kornuth checked and then Le fired a bet of 4,600. A split second before the time on the shot clock ran out, Kornuth announced all in and then moved forward his stack. There was some confusion about whether or not it was done in time, but Kornuth was given the benefit of the doubt and the bet stood.
The all in was for another 9,400 on top and Le called with . Kornuth was behind with the and failed to improve, as the river bricked. He takes home A$4,520 for his efforts.
The A$1,150 Shot Clock Shootout Event #3 saw a total of 126 entries and 14 players made it through, all of them are already in the money. They will come back in half an hour from now at 1 p.m. local time and play on two seven-handed tables with levels of 40 minutes and a starting stack of 10,000 chips.
Once each of them has reached the final four players, they will take their chips to the final table and then determine the winner. Among those to have advanced to Day 2 are Chance Kornuth, Geoffrey Mooney, Henrik Tollefsen, Ari Engel, [Removed:172] and Dietrich Fast.
The main focus of the PokerNews live reporting will be on the last two tables of the A$1,150 Opening Event, which you can follow here.