The 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event has crowned a winner. David Gorr bested the 721 player field, taking home the title, and AUD$2,000,000.
At the start of the day on Saturday, eight players sat down with the hopes of walking away with the title, AUD$2 million first-place prize, and the trophy. Randy Dorfman went into the day as the chip leader, but didn't hold on to it to finish the day. First to depart from the final table was Team Full Tilt's Patrik Antonius. His kings were no match against David Gorr's flopped two pair with queen-ten. Fourteen hands later, Chris Moorman moved all in after a flop of . He was up against David Gorr, who made the call, saying, "I won't waste your time, I call." Gorr had flopped trips. Moorman's flush draw didn't make it on the turn or the river and he was sent to the payout desk to collect seventh place prize money of AUD$175,000.
In sixth place, Sam Razavi was eliminated, taking home AUD$225,000. His ace-seven couldn't improve against James Keys' pocket sevens. Just six hands later, Gorr dispatched start-of-the-day chip leader Randy Dorfman. Dorfman led with his pocket tens the through the flop and the turn, but the river was what did him in, when an ace fell, pairing Gorr's ace-nine.
On hand #142, after a five-bet shove from Jeff Rossiter, Michael Ryan made the call for his tournament life. Ryan tabled pocket nines against the ace-king of Rossiter, but much like in Dorfman's elimination hand, the river was the cruel street, as Ryan was ahead and looking to double until the fell on the river to send him on his way. It took 60 hands to reach heads-up play. Jeff Rossiter was eliminated on the 202nd hand of final table play. All the chips went in the middle on a board reading . Gorr tabled for the nut flush and was credited with the elimination of Rossiter.
Gorr held just over a five-to-one chip lead over James Keys at the beginning of heads-up play. Just 153 hands into heads-up play, Keys had chipped away at Gorr's stack and the two were just about even. Two hands later, Keys doubled after the two got it in on a board reading . Keys had flopped two pair with and Gorr held top pair with . The river brought the and all but 1.2 million of Gorr's chips slid to the other side of the table in front of Keys. Though he was at nearly a twelve-to-one chip disadvantage, Gorr never relented and some how fought back and took the lead after 53 hands. Just four hands later, all the chips were on Gorr's side of the table after he rivered a higher two pair, eliminating James Keys in second place.
Congratulations to David Gorr, 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion!
2011 Aussie Millions Main Event Results
1. David Gorr - AUD$2,000,000
2. James Keys - AUD$1,035,000
3. Jeff Rossiter - AUD$700,000
4. Michael Ryan - AUD$450,000
5. Randy Dorfman - AUD$325,000
6. Samad Razavi - AUD$225,000
7. Chris Moorman - AUD$175,000
8. Patrik Antonius - AUD$130,000
Event #13: Australia Heads Up Championship
After four days and more twists and turns than a bestselling novel, the $10,500 Australia Heads-Up Championship has crowned a champion, one accustomed to seeing "First" by his name. Carlos Mortensen, yes that Carlos Mortensen, defeated fellow Full Tilt Red Pro Melanie Weisner, Terrence Chan, and Alexander Kostritsyn to make it through to the round-robin finals. Americans Dan "KingDan" Smith and Barry Woods also won three matches apiece to earn spots in the finals. All three returned this afternoon for a very unusual final day.
The top three played a round robin tournament format. The first player to win two best-of-three matches in a row would win the title. Mortensen beat Smith in the first match 2:1. Woods beat Mortensen in the first game of the second match and had a lead in the second. Then Woods flopped two pair and Mortensen turned a flush to double up and take all of the momentum from Woods. After that, Mortensen was unstoppable. He went on a tear to win the second and third games in record time and lock up the Championship title and AUD$130,000. Woods, who finished as runner-up last year, then beat Smith in a playoff to finish second once again, earning AUD$70,000. Smith took home AUD$40,000 for his efforts.
Event #17: $2,200 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max
On Friday, 225 players entered Event #17 at the 2011 Aussie Millions, and by the end of the day, there were 18 players left, including Tony Dunst, Ben Delaney, Billy "The Croc" Argyros, and Leo Boxell. After close to 12 hours of play, a winner was crowned. Leo Boxell bested Simon Charette heads up for the title and the AUD$108,000 first-place prize.
Event #19: $1,650 No-Limit Hold'em w/ Bounties
The 19th event of the 2011 Aussie Millions attracted a field of 235, including Full Tilt Poker Red Pros, Matthew Jarvis, Nikolay Evdakov, Roberto Romanello, Simon Watt, and last year's winner, Jonathan Karamalikis. Play started 10 handed at the tables, and when the final 32 players were reached, it turned into a four-table shootout, with the final 24 players making the money. Each bounty, there were 24 total, was worth AUD$1,000.
Martin Kozlov will take the most chips Sunday's final table play, bagging 445,000 at the end of the night. Just behind him is Lindy Thornton, Jai Kemp, Jarred Soloman, and Milan Gurung, rounding out the top five. Gerasimos Deves, Shao Liu, and Mel Judah are also still in the hunt for the title. They will all come back Sunday at 4:00 p.m. local time to play down to a winner, to see who will take home the AUD$80,500 first-place prize.
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