Farid Jattin wins Aussie Millions $25k for $983,646

Colombian pro Farid Jattin took down the Aussie Millions $25k Challenge in Melbourne, winning AU$983,646 (US$678,900) and taking his tournament total to over $2million this year alone, breaking through the career $5million milestone in the process…

By: Andrew Burnett

The two-day event at the Crown Casino attracted 169 entries, with highstakes crushers such as Steve O’Dwyer, Sam Greenwood and Kenney Hallaert all chasing the big money at the final table.

Some 33 players made it to the second day’s play from the record-breaking field, with 17 sharing in the AU$4million+ prizepool, David 'Chino' Rheem, Koray Aldemir and the English duo of Jack Sinclair and Michael Zhang among the contenders as play kicked off.

Malaysia’s Chin Wei Lim would prove to be the bubble-boy, an amazing year so far bringing the talented young pro more than $7.5million in cashes, with High Roller titles at EPT Prague and the WSOP Europe in Rozvadov.

In Melbourne, however, he fell just short of the money to Sinclair in an ace-over-ace showdown…

Lim: A♣ 5♥
Sinclair: A♠ Q♦
Board: K♠ J♦ 6♣ 4♣ 2♣

♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

Aldemir’s tournament ended when he ran into the big slick of both Greenwood and Dietrich Fast, while both Chino Rheem and a masked Derek Ip fell along with Fast himself just shy of the final table.

Jattin then went on a bruising run, eliminating Hallaert with a timely rivered straight, then coolering Sinclair with aces against queens. He continued to crush souls, his pocket nines taking care of the big aces of both Greenwood and Yokosawa in the same hand, and more was to follow!

Down to just three, a short-stacked O’Dwyer was all-in and next on the chopping block, the Colombian once again producing the goods as the duo tabled their hands.

♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

Jattin: A♣ A♥
O’Dwyer: K♠ 8♠
Board: 7♠ 7♦ 6♦ J♦ K♥

That gave Jattin a 7-1 chip lead as the heads-up finale against George Wolff began, but a quick double up from the Portland, Oregon pro saw Jattin bite the bullet and agree to a deal.

Handing over about $90k from the 1st place prize to seal the victory, Jattin was crowned champion. He told reporters afterwards: "I'm happy with my performance…I was grinding very hard, trying to pick my spots. It was good, I was very focused."

Final results

1 Farid Jattin US$678,900*
2 George Wolff $566,832*
3 Steve O'Dwyer $322,501
4 Sam Greenwood $238,371
5 Masato Yokosawa $168,262
6 Jack Sinclair $119,185
7 Kenny Hallaert $91,142

*after heads-up deal


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