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Angood Falls Just Short of Aussie Millions Glory

Robert Angood

When Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event everyone commented on how apt his surname was. Some even believed it was made up. But since Moneymaker's legendary win there have not been many successful players with poker-related surnames, if any at all, but one man is trying to single handedly change that. Ladies and gentlemen introducing Mr R.Angood.

Robert Angood first became known to UK PokerNews back in 2010 when he finished as runner-up to Michalis Michael in the £750 buy-in of the GUKPT Summer series in London for a £20,250 score. He then re-appeared on the radar in March 2011 when he finished third in the PokerStars UKIPT Manchester Main Event for a further £27,600 before he hit the headlines in May 2011 when he took down the PKR Live VI Main Event after a four-way chop left him to pick up £36,638.

It appears Angood's penchant for medium stakes live tournaments has lead him "Down Under" for the 2012 Aussie Millions where he entered the opening $1,000 AUD No Limit Hold'em event along with 941 other hopefuls. He did better than the vast majority of the field, making it through to the ten-handed final table that came to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon.

Angood must have been running good because he started the final table armed with 1,384,000 chips, enough to place him third in chips as play began. As soon as the tournament issued the order to "shuffle up and deal" Angood got busy doing what he does best, accumulating chips and it looked like it was going to be plain sailing for him as he found himself at the right end of the chip counts throughout the day. However, it seems even a name like R.Angood cannot protect a player from running into the dreaded pocket aces in a crucial spot.

Just as the five remaining players were about to go on a break a massive hand took place. Blinds were 20,000/40,000/4,000a and the action folded to Brendon Rubie in the small blind and he min-raised to 80,000. Angood was in the big blind and he three-bet to 211,000. Rubie was going nowhere and clicked it back making it 422,000 to play. Angood announced he was all in and Rubie beat him into the pot.


The board ran out {J-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} catapulting Rubie to 4,400,000 chips and leaving our hero with 950,000. The Brit never recovered and shortly after the break he played his final hand. He found himself all in with {7-Spades}{7-Hearts} against his nemesis Rubie's {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, a typical coinflip scenario. Unfortunately for Angood Rubie was running hotter than the sun and flopped two jacks on a {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} flop and when the turn and river were the {9-Diamonds} and {9-Spades} respectively it was game over for Angood, his third place netting him $80,000 AUD

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