At the start of play on Day 1a, Joe Hachem threw down the challenge gauntlet to all of his countrymen that entered this tournament.
"I think it's about time an Aussie took home the title," said Hachem. "Get your acts together!"
Stewart Scott must have taken that to heart. He hung around in the middle of the pack for the first three days of this tournament, using the best of his survival skills. In the last two days, when it was time to make a strong push, he rampaged through the field to take home the title of 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event champion.
After the final, life-changing hand, Scott scooped up all of the cash on the table and let it fall through his fingers. "Yeah!" he shouted. His wife was let onto the set. Scott picked her up in a long embrace, spun her through the air, and gave her a deep kiss.
A few minutes later Scott was presented with the winner's trophy, bracelet, and giant cardboard check. He was asked what it meant to be the first Aussie to win the Aussie Millions Main Event.
"It makes it a lot sweeter," he said. "It's nice to bring one home for the team."
Congratulations to Stewart Scott and all Aussies for finally bringing home the Aussie Millions Main Event title.
That concludes our coverage of the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event, but things aren't finished in Melbourne just yet. Tomorrow afternoon we'll be bringing you coverage of the highly anticipated AU$1,000,000 buy-in cash game. It should be an amazing game -- you won't want to miss it!