Betfair Aussie Millions Assault - Day 4
Day 4 would see the end of three great deep runs by Team Betfair players, all falling agonisingly close to a final table finish, but doing themselves proud by reaching the latter stages of the Aussie Millions Main Event 2009.
Obrestad was visibly shocked by the call and showed AT, and then couldn't win the race and fell to around 200k in chips.
By this stage of a major tournament, more than a little slice of luck is required, and unfortunately this went missing at key moments for each player, despite some strong and fearless play.
Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad would be the first to exit in 21st place after a key hand just prior which saw her lose an 800k pot. Obrestad raised on the button, and was reraised by Zach Fellows from the big blind. Obrestad then put Fellows all in, who tanked and finally called with pocket fives. Obrestad was visibly shocked by the call and showed AT, and then couldn't win the race and fell to around 200k in chips.
Her run would come to an end an hour later when she moved all in with pocket nines, only to run into a red hot Rajkumar Ramakrishnan with pocket jacks and the board would be no help. Obrestad left bitterly disappointed, but her excellent showing earned her $50,000.
Sorel 'Imper1um' Mizzi also found the going tough on Day 4 after starting the day with a short stack. His day would be a rollercoaster, from losing with a straight versus a flush, to cracking the pocket kings of Annica Ivert with KQ. Unable to put together a run of winning pots, he would finally exit in 16th place when he ran AQ into the pocket Queens of Zach Fellows preflop. The board would not bring the ace that Mizzi required and he was sent to the rail. Mizzi's tournament was full of ups and downs, but the fact he was able to go so deep while never really getting things going was a sensational effort in itself. He received $65,000 for his efforts.
The final Team Betfair representative, and now the final woman in the field, Annica 'Keiko' Ivert would spend much of the day with a strong stack between 600k and 1m in chips. The key point in her tournament would occur when there were 12 players remaining, and she was moved to the feature table on the left of runaway chip leader Stewart Scott, who had around 4m in chips. Combined with a shortage of playable hands and Scott applying pressure on every hand, Ivert was forced to lay down a number of pots as she looked for an opportunity to land a big pot.
Her final hand would come in a blind confrontation with Barney Boatman. Barney limped in from the SB, and Ivert raised to 70k. Boatman then moved all in for 458k, just covering Ivert, who tanked and then finally called. She showed AdQd - while Boatman sheepishly revealed his Kd6d.
Boatman sprung to life on the 789 flop, giving him a straight draw to go with his live cards, as the crowd sensed Ivert was in trouble. A 6 on the turn gave Boatman the lead, and the river J was no help for Ivert and her incredible run had come to an end. She would finish the tournament in 11th place, and take home $80,000.
Day 4 ended up after a couple more eliminations, so 8 players will head to tomorrow's final table in the race for the $2,000,000 first prize. Australian Stewart Scott is the massive chip leader with 4.52m in chips but is sure to have a tough battle on his hands.
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