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2010 Aussie Millions

Event 13: $5,300 Australian Heads Up Championship

Day 2 Completed

Posted 01-29-2010 03:43 GMT+11
Event 13: $5,300 Australian Heads Up Championship
Day 2 Completed

Congratulations to Kyle McMurphy (AUD $75,000); 2010 Australian Heads Up Champion!

Congratulations to Kyle McMurphy (AUD $75,000); 2010 Australian Heads Up Champion!
Congratulations to Kyle McMurphy (AUD $75,000); 2010 Australian Heads Up Champion!
They say it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings, but she must have developed a case of laryngitis because she didn't even squeal until 3.30am.

It was a long, arduous and sometimes comical event, with more double-ups than we can ever remember in any heads-up tournament, leaving many wondering whether it would finish at all.

In the end, we found ourselves a winner in the form of Kyle McMurphy. He played a very solid game, got lucky when he needed it and kept up the aggression against a very determined Barry Woods, eventually wearing him down and taking him out.

Congratulations to all players who took part, your efforts have indeed been well rewarded!

That wraps things up here in Studio 3 - be sure to join us tomorrow here at PokerNews with our continued coverage of the 2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship with not one, but two big events from 12.45pm GMT +11 - see you soon!

Barry Woods Eliminated in 2nd Place (AUD $50,000); Kyle McMurphy Wins!

Barry Woods Eliminated in 2nd Place (AUD $50,000)
Barry Woods Eliminated in 2nd Place (AUD $50,000)
These players may be a generation apart, but they're both as equally as stubborn to take this title down.

But eventually, something had to give.

Barry Woods moved his money into the middle with {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} and found himself ahead of Kyle McMurphy's {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}.

That is, until the board was spread {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} to leave Woods with just 1,600 in chips, which he moved all in from the big blind on the very next hand. McMurphy called and the cards were tabled:

Woods: {k-Clubs}{2-Hearts}
McMurphy: {j-Clubs}{7-Hearts}

There was no stopping the tradition of winning the pot when getting the money in light, as the board ran out {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}! Woods was KO'ed in second and McMurphy is our champion!

McMurphy's posse cheered as enthusiastically as they could, the players shook hands and that was it - this Australian Heads Up Championship final is over!

McMurphy Takes Them Back

With Kyle McMurphy down to 15,000, he moved it into the middle with {k-Spades}{10-Diamonds} before the flop but was called down by Barry Woods who held {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}.

The flop of {j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} improved neither hand, nor did the turn of the {8-Clubs}, but it did give McMurphy the gutshot straight draw.

"It's my turn to double up," said McMurphy. It sure was - down came the {9-Spades} on the river.

We are simply lost for words.

Woods Doubles Again

Kyle McMurphy had been forcing Barry Woods all-in on several occasions and his aggression had been paying off, working Woods down to a stack less than 10,000 in chips.

However, as has become tradition in this tournament, we've seen yet another double up by the short stack to bring the scores back to even.

So without further ado, here were the cards that were tabled after Woods was forced all in preflop:

McMurphy: {a-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}
Woods: {a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

The board was spread {k-Spades}{9-Hearts}{3-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and we can't seem to figure out what in the H-E-double hockey sticks is going on.

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Kyle McMurphy and Barry Woods have been locked in a "raise-from-button-pre-fold-big-blind" cycle for the last 20 minutes.

The blinds have been capped at 600/1,200, but with no action it has cleared the room of all but four spectators, the media and Crown Staff.

Such is the nature of the beast.

Woods Holds On

Kyle McMurphy had managed to whittle Barry Woods down to less than 10,000 in chips and looked to deliver the killer blow when he moved all in with {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}.

Woods called with {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} but the board was spread {k-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{j-Spades} - there seems to be no end in sight. The chip counts are level once again.

Woods Takes Two Pots

Barry Woods is not giving up without a fight, having taken the last two pots off Kyle McMurphy.

Woods and McMurphy checked a flop of {10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}; McMurphy check-called Woods' bet of 1,600 on the turn of the {9-Clubs} and then check-called Woods' bet of 3,200 on the river of the {10-Diamonds}.

Woods showed {9-Hearts}{8-Spades} and McMurphy mucked.

In the second hand, Woods raised preflop to 1,400 and McMurphy called before both checked the flop of {7-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{7-Spades}.

On the turn of the {10-Clubs} McMurphy checked, Woods fired out 1,100 and McMurphy called before check-folding on the river {j-Spades} after Woods fired out 3,650.

Meanwhile the Main Event has finished for the day and the staff have finished clearing up. All that's left is to finish this game ...
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