Paul: Aussie Millions 2016 100K event, day two, I'm with Jason Somerville, who's doing the live broadcast. Jason, we were just talking off-camera about a few of those moments from the highlights. Talk us through... Well, I mean, we started with Brian Rast, right? I did an interview with Brian yesterday, and he said that... Jason: Chip leader coming into the day yesterday. Paul: ...it was a hand, right? Jason: Yeah.
You know, it's amazing both of our chip leaders yesterday did not make it to the end of the day. There was a very critical hand early on between Brian Rast, Jason Mercier, and Fedor Holz. Fedor had a queen, 10 of spades. Brian had ace, jack of diamonds. And Jason had two black aces. They went through a flop of jack, eight, three or something, three spades.
So Fedor flopped the flush. Jason has aces with an over pair with the nut flush draw. And Brian had top pair, top kicker. Jason was a shorter stack.
Fedor was a very short stack. Brian ended up paying off all the bets. And so he doubled up Jason when Jason rivered a flush on the end. So Jason made the ace high flush on the river. So Fedor, [inaudible 00:00:58] and reentered, ended up making the final table later on that night. Brian Rast, never really got his stack back together after losing that pot.
And that hand propelled Jason into having a shot at this 100K challenge. Paul: And you were saying there was a fair bit of action on the other tables as well, right? Jason: Yeah, I mean, all day long, it was kind of crazy. Another hand actually played by Jason Mercier, Jason raised with queen, seven of diamonds.
And Byron Kaverman, the number one ranked player for last year by the Global Poker Index, he just called a two kings, flop came four, five, six. Jason bet. Byron just called. Turn was a five, putting out a flush draw. And Jason checked. Byron made a very small bet.
And Jason made a huge check raise. Byron thought about it, called. River was ace of hearts, completing that backdoor flush.
And Jason moves all in. And I think, you know, Byron in this spot is like "What happened here?" He just called pre-flop with his kings. He wasn't really sure where he was at. But, ultimately, he and I watching on the stream thought that Jason must have had a set or maybe had a straight or, you know, something that beat Byron's kings. And I think this is where the shot clock came into play, because Byron is a very deliberate player.
But in that tournament, you had 30 seconds to act on your hand, with two limited time banks. So Byron used both of his chips to get that time, ultimately, folded. And Jason Mercier shows us on the camera queen, seven, for a stone nothing, absolutely amazing bluff by Jason. Paul: I've gotta ask you a question. So as a player now...because you kind of do both, right? Jason: I got a lot of hats.