Today is Eoghan O’Dea’s birthday and do you know what the Poker Gods got for him? A big fat final table bubble from the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event.
O’Dea went into Day 4 of the $10,600 buy-in Main Event as the second shortest stack of the 36 returning players and in the need of a double up sooner rather than later. The Irishman had already doubled when he saw Patrick Crivell open to 24,000 from the cutoff and Jae Kyung Sim three-bet all-in for 80,000 on the button. O’Dea had been dealt and he four-bet all-in from the small blind. Crivell got out of the way and Sim showed a dominated . The board ran out and O’Dea climbed to 370,000 chips.
By this time, Rhys Jones had busted when he three-bet shoved with and ran slap-bang into the of Andrew Phaedonas. The man known as “floppinhel” in online poker circles received diddlysquat help from the five community cards and he crashed out in 31st place.
As O’Dea’s stack continued to move in the right direction, Team PokerSars Pro Liv Boeree was handing hers over to Patrick Crivell. It was a battle of the blinds that resulted in Boeree being all-in for around 400,000 (blinds 8,000/16,000/2,000a) with and being in a world of pain against Crivell’s . Crivell’s jacks held and Boeree busted in 28th plce.
Craig McCorkell’s exit in 21st place left the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event void of British players. McCorkell got it in with versus the of Ami Barer in what was a 1.1 million chip pot. Unlike Crivell’s when he busted Boeree, McCorkell’s jacks failed to hold because Barer spiked an ace on the flop.
Over the next seven hours, O’Dea battled and bluffed his way to a 1.5 million stack and looked set for a place on the seven-handed final table. That was until Barer opened to 80,000 from the cutoff and O’Dea three-bet all in for 965,000 from the button. Balsiger re-shoved from the small blind with what turned out to be and Barer folded, leaving Balsiger’s eights to race against the of O’Dea. A board flirted with coming to O’Dea’s rescue, but alas the pocket eights remained the best hand and the final table was reached.
A$130,000 will no doubt help to numb the pain of defeat for O’Dea, yet he will still be bitterly disappointed not to hve reached the final seven after putting in such a valiant performance all day long.
2014 Aussie Millions Final Table Seat Draw
As you can see from the above table draw, the final table has all of the hallmarks of being a superb spectacle. Sorel Mizzi has been close to winning this tournament twice before and will be hoping it is a case of three times is a charm, while Scott Seiver needs no introduction. Chip leader, Ami Barer is considered to be one of the best poker players in the world and this event is now his to lose.
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