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Aussie Millions -- David Gorr Wins Main Event

Gorr Takes Home the Top Prize Worth $2 Million AUD after Patrik Antonius and Chris Moorman Fall Early

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Crown Casino TowerThe final table at the Aussie Millions $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event took place today at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Eight finalists took their seats around 1 p.m. local time and the headliners at the final table were Team Full Tilt pro Patrik Antonius and Chris Moorman. Unfortunately, neither of them lasted too long on the final day, but that did create a spirited competition amongst the remaining relatively-unknown players for the largest payday of their career, a $2 million AUD first-place prize.

Here is a look at the chip counts when cards got into the air:

Seat 1: Chris Moorman — 955,000
Seat 2: James Keys — 2,395,000
Seat 3: Patrik Antonius — 1,300,000
Seat 4: Jeffrey Rossiter — 1,235,000
Seat 5: Randy Dorfman — 3,895,000
Seat 6: David Gorr — 2,370,000
Seat 7: Samad Razavi — 1,360,000
Seat 8: Michael Ryan — 960,000

Patrik AntoniusThe moment that many had hoped wouldn’t come happened early. The brightest star at the final table, Antonius, was the first player eliminated. His last stand came on a flop of QSpade Suit 10Heart Suit 7Spade Suit, and he was all in UTG+1 with pocket kings. David Gorr had him covered in chips and he held the lead with QHeart Suit 10Spade Suit in the hole, good for two pair.

The turn and river fell ASpade Suit and 5Club Suit and Antonius was eliminated in eighth place, taking home $130,000 AUD in prize money.

Chris MoormanThe second elimination saw the final table lose another big name. A few minutes after he doubled up Moorman was all in once again. This time he held 8Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit in the hole, with a 10Diamond Suit 10Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit sitting on the table. Gorr was his adversary and he held KSpade Suit 10Spade Suit in the hole for the lead.

The turn and river fell 5Heart Suit and 2Spade Suit and Moorman was eliminated in seventh place. He took home $175,000 AUD in prize money. Gorr was the chip leader with close to 5 million at that point.

An hour later Sam Razavi got the last of his chips into the middle preflop UTG+1 and James Keys made the call from the button. Their cards:

Keys: 7Spade Suit 7Heart Suit
Razavi: ADiamond Suit 7Diamond Suit

Board: QSpade Suit JHeart Suit JSpade Suit 5Club Suit 9Spade Suit

Razavi was eliminated in sixth place on the hand and he took home $225,000 AUD in prize money. A short time later Randy Dorfman got the last of his chips into the middle preflop against Gorr. Their cards:

Randy DorfmanDorfman: 10Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit
Gorr: AClub Suit 9Club Suit

Board: QHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit 8Club Suit 4Spade Suit ADiamond Suit

Dorfman was eliminated after the hand in fifth place and he was awarded $325,000 AUD in prize money. Gorr grew his chip lead to 7 million. Play then settled into four-handed action for close to two hours as Michael Ryan fought for his tournament life on the short stack.

Michael RyanRyan got the last of his chips into the middle preflop from the big blind and he was up against Jeff Rossiter on the button. Their cards:

Ryan: 9Heart Suit 9Club Suit
Rossiter: ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit

Board: QDiamond Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit 2Spade Suit ASpade Suit

Ryan was eliminated on the hand in fourth place and he took home $450,000 AUD in prize money. After Ryan’s elimination his large group of supporters followed him out of Studio 3. The next major development was Keys scoring a double up before the final three went to dinner. Here is where the chip counts stood at that time:

Seat 1: James Keys — 4,615,000
Seat 2: Jeff Rossiter — 4,610,000
Seat 3: David Gorr — 6,445,000

Jeff RossiterA short time after dinner, Rossiter raised to 180,000 preflop from the button and Gorr reraised to 550,000. The flop fell QClub Suit JHeart Suit 5Heart Suit and both players checked. The turn delivered the 3Heart Suit and Gorr checked. Rossiter bet 720,000 and Rossiter check-raised to 1.72 million. Rossiter made the call.

The river fell 5Diamond Suit and Gorr moved all in, which forced Rossiter to call all in for the last of his chips. Gorr flipped over AHeart Suit QHeart Suit. Rossiter mucked his cards and he was eliminated in third place, taking home $700,000 AUD in prize money. There was a short pause in play after that to rearrange the final-table stage for heads-up play.

Heads-Up Chip Counts:

David Gorr: 12,000,000
James Keys: 2,400,000

Heads-up play was a roller-coaster ride that extended the length of play at the final table past the 400-hand mark, and the lead changed multiple times. James came from behind to take the chip lead after scoring a huge double up, but then it was Gorr’s turn to bring his chip stack back to the top. Gorr doubled up once, then twice, and the third time was the charm that gave him back the chip lead and things came full circle to the start of the heads-up match.

David Gorr WinsKeys wasn’t able to comeback a second time though, although the final hand was reflective of the back-and-forth nature of the final match. On that hand, Keys raised to 225,000 preflop and Gorr made the call. The flop was dealt 7Spade Suit 6Club Suit 3Heart Suit and Gorr checked. Keys bet 275,000 and Gorr called. The turn fell KHeart Suit and Gorr checked again.

Keys bet 650,000 and Gorr check-raised to 1.65 million. Keys went into the tank but eventually moved all in and Gorr made the call. Their cards:

Keys: 7Club Suit 3Club Suit
Gorr: KClub Suit 4Club Suit

River: 4Spade Suit!

Keys was eliminated in second place and he took home $1,035,000 AUD. That made Gorr the 2011 Aussie Millions champion and he took home the top prize worth $2 million AUD. This is by far the largest cash of Gorr’s career, who had cashed multiple times in previous Aussie Millions preliminary events.

Congratulations to the champion. That concludes Card Player’s coverage of the Aussie Millions tournament series here at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.

Final-Table Results:

NOTE: All prize values are in AUD.

1: David Gorr — $2,000,000
2: James Keys — $1,035,000
3: Jeff Rossiter — $700,000
4: Michael Ryan — $450,000
5: Randy Dorfman — $325,000
6: Sam Razavi — $225,000
7: Chris Moorman — $175,000
8: Patrik Antonius — $130,000