Mel Judah Wins $30,000 In The Poker Aussie Millions.
In Omaha Hi/Lo Split (also known as Omaha 8 or Omaha Eights-or-Better) the pot is split in two with a “high” hand taking one half and a “low” taking the other. Sometimes a player can have the best high and low hand to scoop the entire pot.
This game, coupled with a fixed limit betting structure, meant play was incredibly slow at Event 3 of the Aussie Millions tournament series. The $1,100 buy-in event nevertheless attracted a field of 102 including Aussie Millions Main Event champion Alexander Kostritsyn, Tony G and WSOP Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov.
As the day wore on finally the blinds and antes began to narrow the field. The final table of nine looked like this at the beginning of the endgame:
Seat 1: Rainer Quel (132,000)
Seat 2: Danny Mountt (89,000)
Seat 3: Mark Furniss (10,500)
Seat 4: Mel Judah (109,500)
Seat 5: Derek Raymond (37,000)
Seat 6: Michael Guzzardi (12,500)
Seat 7: Jeffrey Duvall (36,000)
Seat 8: Billy Argyros (68,500)
Seat 9: Mick Stanton (12,500)
Eventually it was down to Judah and Rainer Quel, the latter of whom held a 4:1 chip lead. Regardless, Judah soldiered on to take the chip lead and in a devastating hand where the two got it in with the nut flush and second-nut flush respectively. A crippled Quel shoved his remaining chips in with AK86 to be called by Judah’s KK33. The 94996 board made Judah a full house and the champion.