Thu, Jan 24, 9:50pm by Staff Writer
The Aussie Millions continues this week at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, with Belgian Bart Lybaert winning the sixth event of the tournament and pocketed A$124,355.
The A$1,150 buy-in event featured 542 entrants with Lybaert earning one of the biggest victories of his career.
It was a come-from-behind performance by Lybaert who beat Travis Endersby and scored his second side event victory in little over two weeks.
Lybaert had a 3:1 chip disadvantage at the final table but prevailed to win his first ANTON Championship Ring.
Endersby doubled up three times at the final table after coming in as the shortest stack at the final table. He adds A$82,695 to his kitty after snaring A$6,640 earlier in the week for finishing eighth in the Shot Clock Shootout.
At the final table in event six, Ali Ghezelbash was the first eliminated. This was his 12th Aussie Millions cash ad first since 2017. He took home A$12,385.
Endersby double his 200,000-chip stack when he got kings in against the jacks of Michel Bouskila and held to score a vital double up.
Bouskila was eliminated with ace-king against the pocket aces of Lybaert to cash A$17,960.
The Belgian’s chip lead was boosted with five players remaining, but Taiwan’s Ta-Wei Tou quickly wrestled back the advantage with the elimination of Gautam Dhingra.
Belgian pro Bart Lybaert came out on top of a 542-entry field to lock up nearly US$90,000 at Aussie Millions. https://t.co/TIzNyBHMvR
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Dhingra held king-queen against the ace-four of Tou. An ace on the flop was enough to eliminate Dhingra in fifth place for A$24,930.
Tou was eliminated soon after when he called with sevens to Endersby’s pocket nines. He took home A$48,905.
Then there were four and Ong Dingxiang was quiet at the final table despite coming n as chip leader. He was eliminated in third place and left with A$48,905.
Endersby had a 3:1 chip lead going into the heads up but called off with second pair to double up his opponent who held top pair.
Lybaert was eventually able to snare victory with a mix of aggression and timing to one-up his opponent.
Earlier in the week Justin Liberto earned his first win outside of the United States as he took home A$36,220 for winning the Shot Clock Shootout.
He came into the final table with the chip lead and managed to navigate his way to win the third and final table in the shootout format to secure his second cash of the series and first-ever Aussie Millions title.
The UK’s Toby Lewis entered the final table third in chips but was the first to exit adding A$4,795 to the nearly A$1.5 million he won for winning last year’s Aussie Millions Main Event.
|1||Justin Liberto||United States||$26,078|
|3||Jordan Westmorland||United States||$14,018|
|4||Kuo Chen Hung||Taiwan||$11.358|
|9||Toby Lewis||United Kingdom||$3,452|
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The ANTON Championship Ring went to Muhammad Asad, while Jason Pritchard was the top prize winner.
Pritchard took home A$205,200, with Matt Edwards winning A$140,400 and Asad $147,600 after financial discussions.
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