Aaron Benton wins APPT Grand Final

Aaron Benton wins APPT Grand Final

Monday, 7 December 2009

Aussie Aaron Benton has won the Grand Final of the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour in Sydney. Benton, who appeared in the Australian version of Big Brother, outlasted a field of 396 runners to win a first prize of just over AUD$500,000.

The 32-year-old from Wollongong faced Dutchman Ernst Hermans in heads-up play. After the pair agreed to a chop, the former sailor with the Royal Australian Navy soon sealed the victory. The chips went in on a 7-9-7 board with Benton holding pocket kings and Hermans’ 9-8. The turn and river were blanks giving Benton the biggest win of his poker career.

It’s been a good year for the former reality TV star, who has managed to qualify for every APPT event this year. Hermans had to settle for AUD$475,000 for his runner up finish, a fine reward after qualifying for the event via a $22 rebuy on PokerStars.

The final table positions and payouts were as follows:

1 Aaron Benton - AUD$500,348
2 Ernst Hermans - AUD$475,000
3 Leo Boxell - AUD$213,840
4 Wayne Carlson - AUD$166,320
5 Tom Grigg - AUD$130,680
6 Andrew Hiscox - AUD$106,920
7 Barry Forrester - AUD$83,160
8 David Formosa - AUD$65,340
9 Thomas Slifka - AUD$47,520

Photo courtesy of PokerStars

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