American Darryll Fish rose from short stack to champion, winning the 2016 Aussie Millions Event #17: $1,150 Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions inside the Crown Poker Room on Friday evening.
Fish earned $49,695 for the win along with a coveted LK Boutique Aussie Millions championship ring.
In just the second hand of play at the final table, Calvin Tan Seet Pin got his aces cracked to leave him short and he was out tenth soon after. Chad Awerbuch hit the exit ninth before Eric Theissen ran two dominated hands into Szymon Sobanda and busted eighth.
Rotus Haoran Zhang was the next to go, doubling up David Leas before running into Raiden Kan's queens. Then Takashi Ogura ran the into Szymon Sobanda queens and failed to improve, busting out sixth.
Fish was the short stack at that point, but quickly doubled twice to turn that around. Soon after, he turned a straight against David Leas trip jacks and sent him to the rail fifth. Fish took the lead and put his foot on the gas after that, and while it was White that busted start-of-day chip leader Kan, Fish took a ton of his chips before he was sent home fourth.
Sobanda doubled through White, but then ran a dominated ace into the Fish juggernaut to go broke right after, sending Fish into heads-up play with White, holding a big lead.
It turned out to be an insurmountable one, when White turned two pair and got it in after just a few hands heads-up. Fish had aces up, it held and coming off a career year that saw him earn $753,967, he now begins 2016 with his first Aussie Millions title.