Event #9: Aussie Millions Main Event
Day 5 Completed
Event #9: Aussie Millions Main Event
Day 5 Completed
After a long two-week grind in the Crown Casino poker room, the 2011 Aussie Millions marquee event has come to a close with a Main Event Champion being crowned!
Although three events have still yet to be completed, the final hand of the Main Event effectively wraps up another successful Aussie Millions that has definitely lived up to its motto of, We've seen your poker tournament, and we've raised ours.
721 players took to the felt in this year's main event over the three day one flights and just over a third of them would survive to a day two berth with poker superstars such as Team Full Tilt Poker members Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Erick Lindgren and Chris Ferguson being just the cream of the crop that turned out to make at the money.
Ivey and Ferguson all found themselves on the rail along with countless of others as we fell just a few places short of the money at the close of play. Returning on day three we were quickly into the money as players jostled for position as the likes of locals Haibo Chu (56th), John Dalessandri (55th), Nik Lackovic (54th), Karib Karib (50th), Michael Guttman (45th), Emanuel Seal (25th) and Matthew Kirk (20th), and internationals Carter Phillips (equal 72nd), Mike Sowers (40th), Lederer (34th), Lindgren (33rd), Gabe Patgorski (32nd) and Elliot Smith (23rd) all were unable to survive to the penultimate day.
As eighteen remained, action would be fast and exciting as Mark Vos (18th), Tobias Reinkemeier (17th), Randy Lew (10th) and Sorel Mizzi (9th) all fell short of a preliminary final table of eight. Although being set early in the night, play was paused after chips were circled round so that the remaining could have a well-earned rest before returning today - one of the most important days in their poker career.
Refreshed and revitalized, the final eight battled to-and-fro with overnight chip leader Randy Dorfman eventually relinquishing his lead before the dangerous Patrik Antonius was sent to the rail in eighth after having his pocket kings outflopped. Small pots brewed and a second dealer was added to speed up play as David Gorr's chip stack surged over the five-million mark as Englishmen Chris Moorman and Sam Razavi found themselves on the rail.
Although arriving at the final table as the man to catch, Dorfman's day was one that never saw him gain any real momentum as he was soon bumped to the rail in fifth place when an ace spiked on the river to crack his pocket tens in a blind-on-blind battle with Gorr. Michael Ryan would see a similar fate with his pocket pair as players went to dinner with chips at one of the most evenest points of the final table.
Eleven hands later we would be at heads up play once Jeff Rossiter called Gorr's river shove only to be shown the nut flush before he mucked. Two men were left - a young up-and-comer from England, and the other a poker stalwart in this region - as James Keys was held in a near six-to-one disadvantage against Gorr. Play would circle round-and-round with the two exchanging chips at a rapid pace as the duel dealers worked extremely hard keeping up with the blistering pace. 100 hands went by with Keys edging slightly closer before a few massive hands saw him capture the lead with his two-pair versus top-pair and gutshot as Gorr was now struggling at a twelve-to-one disadvantage.
The ever resilient Gorr however would fight his way back into the match and eventually snatch the lead back after fifty-three more hand before just four more hands would be all that was needed for Gorr to be crowned the 2011 Aussie Millions Champion and recipient of the coveted crystal trophy, gold bracelet and AUD$2,000,000 first prize.
For someone that holds results dating back to 1998, this is Gorr's first major title, and there is no better way to mark it with a win in his hometown casino and arguably the greatest tournament in the southern hemisphere. Throughout the tournament Gorr displayed great traits of patience, experience and ability beyond his years to zig and zag his way through one of the toughest fields ever assembled down under.
PokerNews would like to congratulate David Gorr on a fantastically played tournament that is without doubt the icing on the cake of a career that has seen him grind out results all around the Australasia region.
For the PokerNews Live Reporting Team, we still have three events (two currently playing, and one starting tomorrow) of the 2011 Aussie Millions that we will be providing exclusive live coverage of. Until then, make sure to stay glued to PokerNews.com for all your poker updates from around the world! And until the next tournament, we hope your aces meet kings, flushes best straights and triple-barrel bluffs go uncalled!
Hand #412: David Gorr raised to 225,000 and won the pot.
Hand #413: Unknown action.
Hand #414: James Keys got a walk.
Hand #415: James Keys raised to 225,000 and David Gorr called to see the flop come down . Gorr checked and Keys bet 275,000. Gorr called.
The turn brought the and Gorr checked. With two hearts now on board, Keys bet 650,000. Gorr quickly check-raised to 1.65 million. Keys didn't act so quickly. He thought for a bit and then moved all in. Gorr quickly snapped him off, but did so with the worst hand.
Keys had the lead with two pair, sevens and threes. Gorr held top pair with kings and a gutshot straight draw. Gorr would need to hit a five for a straight, a six or a four for a better two pair or a king for trips on the river in order to win the match and the tournament. If not, he'd be crushed and back on the short stack.
With the crowd standing, the dealer dealt a dagger on the river with the ! Gorr had come from behind to win the hand. Thanks to his recent double up, Gorr had the chip lead and Keys covered. That meant he won the tournament and sent Keys home in second place for AUD$1,035,000.
Hand #410: James Keys received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #411: James Keys opened to 225,000 and David Gorr three-bet to 750,000 from the big blind. Keys shuffled chips in his right hand for roughly a minute before moving all in as Gorr quickly called for his 4,140,000 total.
With Gorr dominating his heads-up opponent, the flop gave Keys the second best flop without taking the lead (with a standard up and down with a flush draw being the best).
The on the turn changed little, and as both players stayed seated, the spiked on the river to send Gorr soaring back into the lead with 8,280,000 as Keys slips to 6,190,000 in chips.
If you've had a chance to take a look at the prizepool on the any of the Aussie Millions events, you will notice that every payout amount has some odd-change on the end of it.
$220, $120, $70 or $20, regardless of the exact amount, you may all be wondering why the staff here conducting the 2011 Aussie Millions have created the prizepool in this way, instead of the clean payouts tournaments have come to expect.
Well, Australia recently had a disastrous flood strike the north-eastern state of Queensland creating millions of dollars in damage, destroying thousands upon thousands of homes, and unfortunately seeing many lives lost.
Although the worst of the conditions may be behind us, the majority of Queenslanders and their communities have been completely devastated by this natural disaster.
With many people needing their whole lives rebuilt, people from around Australia and the world have been donating at will to help Queensland pick themselves up and get back on track once the water - that at points has risen over the two metre (close to ten feet) mark - decreases to a manageable level.
Consequently, Crown Casino is looking to do their part in the Queensland Flood Relief program and have placed collection tins at eighty locations throughout the complex - from the poker room, retail stores, restaurant and bars - with all funds being raised being directly donated to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal fund via the Salvation Army.
Here in the poker room, their hope is that when people cash out during the Aussie Millions, that they will donate the odd change of their payouts (and hopefully) more to the cause - and whatever is collected (from all the collection tins around the complex), Crown Casino will match dollar-for-dollar!
So even if the Queensland floods haven't directly affected you, please help by donating some change or a few big blinds to the cause, and if you can't get down to the Crown Casino during the Aussie Millions, information on how to donate to the Queensland Flood Relief can be found here.
Hand #400: David Gorr had the button and the 400th hand of this final table. He kept things easy and gave a walk to james Keys.
Hand #401: James Keys raised to 225,000 and won the pot.
Hand #402: David Gorr gave James Keys a walk. That was the 200th hand of heads-up play.
Hand #403: James Keys raised to 225,000 and won the pot.
Hand #404: David Gorr raised to 250,000 from the button. James Keys reraised to 600,000 and Gorr moved all in quickly. Keys folded and Gorr scooped the pot.
Hand #405: James Keys gave David Gorr a walk.
Hand #406: David Gorr gave James Keys a walk.
Hand #407: James Keys raised to 225,000 and David Gorr made the call. The flop came down and both players checked.
The turn brought the and Gorr fired 500,000. Keys folded and Gorr inched closer to four million in chips.
Hand #408: David Gorr gave James Keys a walk.
Hand #409: James Keys raised to 225,000 and won the pot.
Hand #394: James Keys received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #395: James Keys opened to 225,000 only to have David Gorr three-bet to 600,000 to force a fold from Keys.
Hand #396: James Keys received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #397: James Keys opened to 225,000 from the button and David Gorr made the call from the big blind to see a flop fall. Keys fired out 275,000 and Gorr made the call as the landed on the turn.
Gorr and Keys checked as the landed on the river and Gorr moved all in. Keys quickly folded and Gorr took down the pot.
Hand #398: David Gorr opened to 200,000 and James Keys folded.
Hand #399: James Keys opened to 225,000 and David Gorr opened mucked is .
Hand #393: James Keys min-raised to 200,000 from the button and David Gorr reraised to 800,000 from the big blind. Keys moved all in and Gorr made the call.
The flop came down and Keys picked up a gutshot. The turn brought the and the river the .
When the chips were counted down, Gorr was all in for 1.595 million. He's back over three million now and trying to get back in the game.
Hand #386: James Keys received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #387: James Keys opened with a raise and David Gorr swiftly folded his hand.
Hand #388: James Keys received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #389: James Keys made a min-raise of 200,000 with David Gorr protecting his big blind as the flop fell and both players checked.
The on the turn brought another round of checks as the completed the board. Keys fired 250,000 and Gorr quickly kicked his cards to the muck.
Hand #390: James Keys received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #391: David Gorr received a walk in the big blind and showed his .
Hand #392: David Gorr limped in and James Keys checked his option to see a flop land and a round of checks follow. The on the turn was checked down as the completed the board.
Gorr tabled his , but it would be Keys' to see him capture the pot.
Hand #376: David Gorr raised to 300,000 from the button and won the hand.
Hand #377: James Keys raised to 250,000 and David Gorr came back with a reraise to 750,000. Keys folded.
Hand #378: David Gorr raised to 250,000 from the button and won the hand. He's really starting to try and make a comeback now. We'll see if he can do it.
Hand #379: James Keys raised to 225,000 from the button. David Gorr called from the big blind and the flop came down .
Gorr checked the flop and Keys checked behind to see the fall on the turn. Gorr checked again and Keys bet with Gorr snap-folding.
Hand #380: David Gorr gave James Keys a walk.
Hand #381: James Keys raised to 200,000 from the button and won the pot.
Hand #382: David Gorr gave James Keys a walk.
Hand #383: James Keys raised to 250,000 from the button and won the pot.
Hand #384: David Gorr had the button and raised to 200,000. James Keys made it 650,000 from the big blind and Gorr quickly folded.
Hand #385: James Keys limped in from the button and David Gorr raised to 300,000. "It was worth a try," said Keys as he tossed his hand away.