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2018 World Series of Poker

Tom "hitthehole" Middleton Wins The $1,000 Six-Max At The Aussie Millions!

Tom Middleton

British pro Tom Middleton has taken down the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event at the Aussie Millions, bagging himself a bankroll-boosting $84,200 in the process, the second largest cash of his live career so far.

The Leeds lad is better known in online circles as "hitthehole" where he has more than $2,900,000 in tournament cashes but he is no fish in the live arena either, having cashes of almost $510,000 most of which is made up of the $305,015 that he picked up for finishing third in a $2,500 event at this year's World Series of Poker.

Middleton went into the second and final day armed with a stack of 260,500 chips, enough to place him seventh out of the 18 who had made it safely through from Day 1. Within the first 30 minutes of play the tournament was reduced to the final two tables after six players were eliminated, one of which at the hands of young Middleton. Tomi Aalto got his chips into the middle with {K-Spades}{J-Spades} only to find himself dominated by the {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} of our hero an d when the board ran out {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{7-Spades} Aalto was busted, Middleton's stack grew to 505,000 and the players redrew for the last two tables.

Over the next 90-minutes the field was being reduced in size one player at a time and when Stefan Jedlicka was busted out in eighth place the remaining seven players all converged on what was called the final table despite the fact the tournament was meant to be six-max. The seat draw and stacks were as follows:

1Peter Skouteris503,000
2Joel Dodds392,000
3Craig Cockburn979,000
4Tom Middleton857,000
5Ben Lingenfelder257,000
6Kosta Mamaliadis409,000
7Xin Zhao576,000

Within an hour the perfectionists amongst us were happy that the six-handed tournament was now being played six-handed when Xin Zhao was sent to the rail in seventh place. Ten minutes after Zhao's demise the Middleton-show took place as one-by-one he eliminated each of his five opponents.

First to feel the Middleton wraith was Ben Lingenfelder who found his {Q-Spades}{9-Spades} was no match for the {A-Spades}{4-Spades} of Middleton when the board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{X-}. The it was the turn of of Kosta Mamaliadis to clash with the young Brit and come away with no chips! On a flop reading {2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} Middleton made a continuation bet of 50,000 and then called when his opponent raised to 175,000. The {5-Clubs} on the turn saw Middleton check, Mamaliadis move all in for 490,000 and after two minutes Middle made a great call with {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, which was ahead of the {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} of Mamaliadis. The {3-Spades} on the river caused no drama and Middleton was up to 1,500,000 chips and really running the show.

Shortly after and "Middy" saw his stack increase past the 2,000,000 barrier when he snapped Craig Cockburn's 150,000 three-bet shove with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} which held against Cockburn's {A-Spades}{8-Clubs} then literally the very next hand Peter Kouteris moved all in with what turned out to the {A-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} but it could not suck out on the red eights of Middleton, setting up a one-on-one battle with Joel Dodds for the title.

Even without a three-to-one chip advantage you had the feeling Middleton was going to walk away with the title and that is exactly what happened after only a few hands. Middleton opened the betting from the button and Dodds made the call. The dealer put out the {5-Hearts}{10-Spades}{J-Spades} flop. Dodds initially checked, Middleton fired a bet of 50,000 only to see Dodds check-raise to 128,000. Middleton wasted no time in making it 370,000 to go and when Dodds shoved Middleton called.


Middleton had flopped two pair against the open-ended straight draw of Dodds. The turn was the {10-Clubs} followed by the {3-Spades} on the river and Middleton had become the first British champion of this year's Aussie Millions!

Aussie Millions $1,000 Six-Max Final Table Results

1Tom Middleton$84,200
2Joel Dodds$58,135
3Peter Skouteris$40,450
4Craig Cockburn$30,800
5Kosta Mamaliadis$23,100
6Ben Lingenfelder$15,400

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