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Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

 Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

Coming into the final table with a sizeable chip lead, Shurane Vijayaram rode that stack to battle the second biggest chip stack to start the day – that of Ben Heath – for the championship of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event. In the end, that advantageous stack played to Vijayaram’s advantage in his eventual victory.

The seven men that came to the table on Sunday afternoon at the Crown Casino in Melbourne were the survivors from the 725-player field that started the tournament just a week ago. Along with Vijayaram and Heath, Jeff Rossiter was a threat for the title with his 3.105 million chip stack; Rossiter was looking to improve on his third-place finish in this tournament from 2011. Tobias Hausen (2.995 million), David Olson (2.35 million) and Luke Roberts (1.305 million) were in the mix, but at the bottom of the standings – but with many eyes on him – was Fedor Holz, looking to rise from this situation and add to his bounty from the Aussie Millions after yesterday’s third place finish in the $ 100,000 Challenge.

The start was slow for the players as the table looked to find its dynamic. Holz survived two all in moves – one time chopping with Olson when both held A-J – as Roberts dropped into the basement. It would take almost 30 hands before the first casualty of the final table would occur and it would be one of these two men.

On Hand 29, Hausen would raise the action to 135K and Roberts decided it was time to make his stand, pushing his remaining 675K in from the small blind. Hausen made the call and was in a bit of trouble, his 10♠ 9♠ facing an uphill climb against Roberts’ A-10. The J-5-J flop kept Roberts in the lead but the two spades opened many more doors for Hausen to take down the hand. The 6♠ on the turn slammed that door on Roberts, leaving him drawing dead. After the formality of the river was dealt – the A♠ – Roberts headed to the door as the seventh-place finisher.

Only a few hands later, six men would become five in a big clash. Heath popped the betting first, raising from under the gun, and Vijayaram called out of the cutoff. Rossiter put the squeeze on with a three-bet on the button, but Olson didn’t hesitate before four-betting the action to 1.3 million. Nearly immediately Heath and Vijayaram sent their cards to the muck, but Rossiter paused to ponder his action. After a few moments, Rossiter made the call and the cards came were turned up.

The battle turned out to be a classic race:  Rossiter’s pocket Queens held the edge over Olson’s Big Slick and the board would provide no salvation for Olson. The Jack-high board kept Rossiter in the lead all the way as Olson left the festivities in sixth place and Rossiter rocketed into the lead over Vijayaram.

Holz’s time at the table ended almost 20 hands after Olson’s departure. Rossiter raised the action and Holz would defend his big blind to see a monochrome 6♠ 3♠ 7♠ flop. Holz would check-raise all in after a Rossiter bet, which was met with an immediate call from Rossiter. Both men had hit the flop, but Holz’s A-6 off suit was behind Rossiter’s A-7, with the A♠ held by Rossiter. The King on the turn and a four on the river would not help Holz, sending the German superstar to the rail in fifth place as Rossiter’s lead grew.

The foursome left then went into a lengthy battle. Everyone except Heath would have a spell as the chip leader before the remainder of the final table went to dinner break and 85 hands would elapse before the next competitor was sent home. The elimination would prove to be the “turning point” of the tournament as it would send Vijayaram into a lead he wouldn’t let go.

On Hand 137, Rossiter raised from under the gun and ALMOST made it around – until Vijayaram moved all in from the big blind. Rossiter called off his chips with pocket sixes and was in the lead pre-flop against Vijayaram’s K-J off suit. The board had different thoughts, however, coming with a King on the flop and a Jack on the river to thoroughly crush Rossiter’s sixes. After a chip count, it was found that Rossiter was the all-in stack, sending him out in fourth place and stacking Vijayaram with a mountain of ammunition.

Once Vijayaram knocked off Hausen in third – his J-10 turning a Broadway straight against Hausen’s A-J – Vijayaram had nearly a 3:1 lead over Heath as they headed to heads up action. The duo jousted for 29 hands, with Heath never drawing significantly closer that the starting stacks but with Vijayaram looking for the right chance to put away a difficult opponent. On the final hand, Vijayaram fired bullets pre-flop and on the flop and turn, but Heath wouldn’t go away in check-calling each bet. With the board reading 6-9-7-3-Q, Heath suddenly woke up with an all-in move, sending a perplexed Vijayaram into the tank.

Literally five minutes passed as Vijayaram rolled the hand over in his mind, trying to figure out if Heath was bluffing or if he simply drew Vijayaram in. As more time passed, Vijayaram finally reached the conclusion that it was a bluff and made the call. Heath’s shoulders slumped as he sheepishly revealed his K-8 off suit straight bluff that didn’t come home while Vijayaram showed pocket fives for the winning pair and a winning hand for the Aussie Millions title.

1. Shurane Vijayaram, $ 1,600,000
2. Ben Heath, $ 1,000,000
3. Tobias Hausen, $ 620,000
4. Jeff Rossiter, $ 440,000
5. Fedor Holz, $ 335,000
6. David Olson, $ 270,000
7. Luke Roberts, $ 210,000

Vijayaram enjoyed a ROI (return on investment) that would make any poker player envious. Vijayaram entered the Aussie Millions Main Event through winning a $ 130 super-satellite to the Main Event, earning more than 12,000% (12,307%, to be exact) ROI. It also was his first ever live tournament cash, per the Hendon Mob database. If he never plays another hand of poker, Shurane Vijayaram can say he once won one of the premiere events on the international tournament calendar.

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2017 Aussie Millions Main Event: Shurane Vijayaram Leads Final Table That Includes Fedor Holz

 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event: Shurane Vijayaram Leads Final Table That Includes Fedor Holz

Six days of competition have taken the Aussie Millions Main Event from its original field of 725 players all the way to the final table and the seven men who will contend for the title. On Sunday at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Shurane Vijayaram will come back with a massive lead over a field that has Jeff Rossiter and Fedor Holz in the mix.

36 players came back to action at the start of Day 4 on Friday with Mustapha Kanit holding the lead with his 2.318 million chips and Day 2 chip leader Jennifer Tilly still quite viable on her 704,000-chip stack. Rossiter and Holz were amongst the more “known” players that also included Seth Davies and former World Poker Tour champion Brian Altman, while Vijayaram was jousting with Tilly on his 745,000 mountain of chips. Altman, unfortunately, was the player who came in on the shortest stack of all. He would depart on the very first hand, with his 54K in chips going over to Haorang Zhang when his 8♣ 7♣ was summarily crushed by Zhang’s A♣ K♣ after an unnecessary Ace on the flop and a King on the turn left him drawing dead.

The first player to make a move on the day was Rossiter, who cracked the 1.2 million chip mark when he got Matthew Wakeman to lay his hand down on a J♣ 2♠ 5♣ 9♣ flop and turn. As he was using those chips to dispatch of Ruzman Hussan, Vijayaram was starting his march. Vijayaram knocked off Steven Swalling, his flopped set of Queens holding on against the K-Q of Swalling, and soon Vijayaram joined Rossiter over the million-chip mark after eliminating Frank Pezzaniti in a classic race situation (Vijayaram’s Big Slick “only” hitting quad Aces against Pezzaniti’s pocket Jacks).

Tilly was never able to get anything going on Day 4, her chips slipping through her fingers until she doubled up through Vijayaram and STILL only had 132K in chips. The World Series of Poker bracelet holder would get her final chips in good, but it would be for naught. After calling a limp from Vijayaram off the button and Nino Marotta in the big blind checking his option, the 4-8-5-4 flop and turn saw Tilly jam after it was checked to her and only Marotta called. Tilly was in good shape to double with her J-4 against Marotta’s 6-4 off suit, but the river seven gave Marotta a straight to top the Academy Award nominee and send her home in 29th place.

A similar story could be told for Kanit who, along with Tilly, was around the top of the leaderboard for much of the tournament. He was able to get up over the three million mark when the tournament was redrawn with three tables left (18 players), but it was a gentle slide from that point onward. Gradually his pursuers drew closer and, with new chip leader Vijayaram at his table, Kanit would send a 1.6 million chunk of his stack to him when Kanit could not call a Vijayaram all in on what seemed to be an innocent 8-2-J-5 flop and turn. That hand saw Kanit’s stack fall under two million, but his next competitive hand decimated him.

After raising from the cutoff, Kanit saw Ben Heath three-bet the action off the button. After both blinds stepped aside, Kanit casually made the call and the twosome saw a Q-8-A flop. Heath c-bet his fortunes to the tune of 185K and, after some study, Kanit made the call. Both players checked the Queen on the turn and, after a King hit the river, Kanit tried to check again, but Heath was having none of it. Heath pushed all in for 1.275 million (slightly less than what Kanit held) and, agonizing over the decision, eventually would call. It was the proverbial “crying call” as Heath turned up a J-10 for the rivered straight against Kanit’s Aces up (A-10), sending Kanit to the basement with 315K in chips. After a double through Vijayaram, Kanit’s final chips would end up in the stack of David Olson as Kanit exited in 11th place.

It would take a quick 20 minutes to determine the final table. Koray Aldemir, Nicholas Wright and Peter Aristidou (oddly enough, the player who eliminated Aldemir) would depart rapidly in tenth through eighth places respectively, with Aristidou sending his stack to Vijayaram to give him a monster stack and set up the final table showdown:

1. Shurane Vijayaram, 7.47 million
2. Ben Heath, 3.27 million
3. Jeff Rossiter, 3.105 million
4. Tobias Hausen, 2.955 million
5. David Olson, 2.35 million
6. Luke Roberts, 1.305 million
7. Fedor Holz, 1.165 million

You might have noticed that Holz snuck into the final table as the short stack. Woe is the final table if he can get some chips in his hand, which is a good possibility as he is surrounded by them with the stacks of Heath (on his immediate right) and Vijayaram (on his immediate left).

The final table of the 2017 Aussie Millions will take place on Sunday as the $ 100,000 Challenge is scheduled to take the stage on Saturday. Continuing his massive heater from 2016, Holz is also a part of that tournament, so it could be a very profitable weekend for the German superstar. It promises to be an action-packed weekend of poker “Down Under” as the 2017 Aussie Millions reaches its conclusion.

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