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Phil Ivey facing Aussie Millions heartache

Phil Ivey is still in the Aussie Millions Main Event 2012...just!

by Jackhunter PokerJolt January, 27th 2012
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Phil Ivey needs a miracle to win the Aussie Millions

Above: Phil Ivey needs a miracle to win the Aussie Millions

Phil Ivey is still in the hunt, but veteran Lee Nelson could be the big story

Phil Ivey is the short-stack heading into the last two days of the Aussie Millions Main Event 2012.

The 35-year-old has just 699,000 chips - the least of the 12 remaining players, who will battle it out in Melbourne tomorrow afternoon for the right to be on Sunday's final table.

Ivey had stalked his way up to second place on Day 3 and seemed set for his first major final table for two years.

But after a slow day most notable for a handful of lost hands, including doubling up Karim Jomeen when he ran into a higher set, Ivey was struggling at the bottom of the leaderboard.

With 35 big blinds, Ivey still has enough ammunition to fight back on Saturday - but he's miles behind Canadian chip leader Yann Dion, aka Yadio, who boasts a stonking 2,670,000.

Amazingly, veteran Lee Nelson is very much in the hunt and lies in sixth. The pensioner could become the first player to win the Aussie Millions twice, despite a fairly barren run since his 2006 triumph.    

Day 3 chip leader Matt Turk won't be joining in the fun tomorrow though. Despite having an enormous stack of 2,675,000 at the start of play - which would still be leading a day later - he fluffed his lines and hit the rail in 14th, handing his chips over to Dion.

Six-handed play starts tomorrow afternoon, with the final seven players returning on Sunday for the final.

Aussie Millions Main Event 2012
Chip counts at end of Day 4

   1. Yann Dion – 2,670,000
   2. Bjorn Li – 2,471,000
   3. Mohamad Kowssarie – 2,230,000
   4. Karim Jomeen – 2,063,000
   5. Dan Idema – 1,840,000
   6. Lee Nelson – 1,651,000
   7. Patrick Healy – 1,565,000
   8. Janis Lesinskis – 1,501,000
   9. Kenneth Wong – 1,498,000
  10. Oliver Speidel – 809,000
  11. Mile Krstanoski – 755,000
  12. Phil Ivey – 699,000

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