Aussie Millions Crowns Two Champions

Aussie Millions Crowns Two Champions

Monday, 12 January 2009

One of the “big three” tournament series and the first of 2009 has started in Australia. The 2009 Aussie Millions has begun in Melbourne’s Crown Casino with an AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold ‘em event and an AU$1,050 No-Limit Hold ‘em event played on PokerPro electronic tables (guess it was last thing on a Friday afternoon in the “new tournament ideas” office).

The first title went to Germany’s Christian Heich after he bested a record 732-strong field in the $1,100 event. He started off the final table as third-place by chip count but through some lucky cards and skilled moves he reached the heads-up battle with Steve Topakas at a slight chip disadvantage.

Soon he regained the lead and eventually all the money went in – Topakas held nothing but a draw; Heich had trapped him with a flopped set that avoided the dangerous river cards to hold up and win the German $150,000.

The PokerPro event saw a turnout of 83 players including online tournament masters Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad and contributor Wesley “tEh_R3aLde4L” Whybrew The PokerPro tables are dealerless and fully electronic, with a touchscreen for player actions. The event was won by Aussie native Mitchell Carle, who received $25,000.

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