British pro and former European Poker Tour San Remo champion, Rupert Elder has won the opening event of the 2013 Aussie Millions, a result that has netted him $250,000 and a gold Aussie Millions ring.
Elder went into the ten-handed final table with a substantial chip lead, though it was far from a done deal as he was sharing a table with another former EPT champion in Martin Finger and the winner of this very event in 2012, Brendon Rubie.
The first elimination of the day saw Nali Kaselias open-shove his 400,000 stack into the middle with what turned out to be . Unfortunately for Kaselias, Ted Nguyen woke up with a pair of black queens. Matters turned even worse for Kaselias because Nguyen flopped a set on the flop and when the turn and river were the and respectively it was game over for Kaselias.
Ashley Warner was the next player to go, three-bet shoving for 1,250,000 over the top of an Elder opening raise. Elder called and turned over while Warner could only muster . The board ran out without a king in sight and Warner’s adventure was over.
Eight became seven when Phillip Libeau copied Kaselias and ran into pocket queens. The action folded to Libeau in the small blind and he opted to move all-in for 685,000 in total. Fabian Craib must have thought all of his Christmases had come at once because he was sat there with ! Craib quickly called to put Libeau at risk. Libeau revealed the and although he paired his eight on the flop, no more of his cards came out of the deck and he was sent to the rail.
Marwan Nassif, a regular in the $30 games at the Crown Casino throughout the year, was the next player to bust out – and in unfortunate circumstances. Nassif had chosen his spots well throughout the tournament and got his chips in good once again, this time with against the dominated of Craib. However, the board ran out and Nassif departed. Although disappointed not to go all the way and win, Nassif picked up a career best $52,000, which is sure to numb the pain for some time to come!
Shortly after Nassif’s demise, Nguyen joined him on the sidelines. Nguyen was the shortest stack at the table at the time and he moved all-in for 675,000 chips with . His bet looked like it would claim the blinds and antes, that was until Elder re-shoved for 2,700,000 in the small blind. The big blind got out of the way and Elder turned the onto its back. The flop kept Elder in front and the turn locked up the hand for the Englishman. The inconsequential on the river completed the hand and Nguyen was eliminated.
Going into the final table, Rubie had dreams of becoming a back-to-back champion having won this very tournament in 2012. However, those dreams were shattered midway through the day when he crashed out in fifth place. A preflop raising war broke out that saw Rubie all-in and at risk with to Elder’s . The race was all but over as the flop came down , gifting Elder a set. The improved Elder to quad sixes and Rubie’s quest for glory was over.
Fourth place went to Dusan Stoevski, who picked up $96,000 for his efforts. Elder opened to 160,000 from the cutoff, Stoevski three-bet to 410,000 on the button, only to see Elder come over the top with a four-bet to 685,000. Stoevski called and it was heads-up to the flop. Elder lead out for 385,000, Stoevski moved all in for 1,700,000 and Elder snapped him off with . Steovski flipped over an inferior and when the board was completed with the turn and river it was all over for Stoevski.
Heads-up was set when Craib lost his stack to Elder shortly after returning from a scheduled break. Craib min-raised to 200,000, Elder three-bet enough to set Craib all-in and Craib took them bait and called. Craib showed but was way behind the of Elder. Neither player improved on the board and Craib busted out, leaving Elder and Finger to lock horns and battle it out for the title of champion.
Elder went into the one-on-one battle with Finger, a heads-up sit ‘n’ go specialist – with a huge 10,400,000 to 2,950,000 chip advantage and it did not take long to press that advantage home. Elder opened to 200,000 and Finger tossed in enough chips to call. The pair shared a flop reading and Finger checked. Elder continued with a 175,000 bet and Finger check-raised to 450,000. Elder then moved all-in for close to 10,000,000 chips and Finger deliberated his options before calling and showing Elder the . It was a good call by Finger as Elder held the for an overcard and straight draw. The on the turn improved Finger to trip queens, but the on the river filled Elder’s straight and he became the 2013 Aussie Millions Opening Event champion!
2013 Aussie Millions Opening Event final table results