Brit James Rann Heads Aussie Million

Brit James Rann Heads Aussie Million

Friday, 30 January 2015

Could we about to see more British glory at the Aussie Millions?

The name of James Rann may not be immediately familiar but Sky Poker TV viewers will likely recognise him from site's big online games playing under the moniker RUNITSRANN.

He'll start the seven-man final table with 4,085,000, putting him ahead of New Caledonia's Joel Douaglin (3,930,000) and Germany's Lennart Uphoff (3,595,000). The home rail will have plenty to cheer with Anthony Legg (3,290,000) and Manny Stavropoulos (2,115,000) starting the finale in fourth and fifth respectively.

Short stacked they may be but it would be foolish to write off the chances of online supremo Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (1,200,000) and two-time WSOP bracelet winner (1,180,000) Brian Rast who round out the final table.

The penultimate day at the Crown started with 30 players still sniffing glory. Just three hours in and 18 of them had already visited the cashiers' cage. Among them were Mike 'Timex' McDonald (30th), Phil Ivey (23rd) and Tony Hachem (22nd) and Birmingham's David Longmate (15th).

Defending champion Ami Barer couldn't quite match last year's heroics but can be well pleased with efforts which culminated in 11th place and a AU$95,000 payday.

Grant Levy's quest to finally make an Aussie Millions final table once again finished tantalizingly short. The Australian finished 13th in 2009 and 15th in 2012 and was forced to settle for 8th this time after losing a flip with pocket 8s to Uphoff's KQ.

The $100,000 Challenge takes centre stage on Saturday with the Main Event playing to a close on from the early hours of Sunday morning UK time.

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