Australia is facing a tough test at the moment with a large proportion of the continent having difficulties due to the flooding. This hasn’t stopped poker players from all over the world descending on Melbourne for the annual festival known as the Aussie Millions is well underway. There are 20 scheduled events including the piece de resistance the $10,600 Main Event and here is a report from Event number four, which was a $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout tournament.

Firstly, what is a shoot out tournament? Whether using Betfair Freerolls or not, tournament seat are drawn as in a normal multi table tournament except in a shootout tournament all the tables play down until there is one remaining player left. That player then moves onto the next table with a new seat draw. And again play commences until there is only one winner on each tournament and they move onto the next round and so forth.

The final table resembled an Ashes test with eight of the final ten places belonging to players of either Australian or English descent.

Soren Bladder, Denmark, 334,900 chips

James Keys, England, 280,700 chips

Barry Drysdale, Australia, 241,400 chips

Charlie Combes, England, 230,100 chips

Jack Powell, England, 230,000 chips

Justin Walch, Australia, 121,200 chips

Andrew Teng, England, 96,300 chips

Chris Yea, Korea, 95,600 chips

Daniel Neilson, 57,200 chips

John Eames, England, 28,900 chips

Those looking ahead to Betfair Poker Live should note that Englishman Eames was the first player to be eliminated before he even took his jacket off after his pocket tens lost a flip against the ace-queen of James Keys. The last person eliminated was also an Englishman in the shape of Jack Powell, after his pocket-sixes failed to win the flip against Soren Blanners ace-jack handing the first place prize of AUD$37,920 to the Dane.