Englishman takes down first event of this year’s Aussie Millions Series for £165k
Back in November we ran a feature on EPT winner Rupert Elder introducing the young 25-year-old Englishman as probably the best poker pro you’ve never heard of. Well he is doing his best to shake of this assumed title with yet another big win and this time on the opposite side of the world. Australia’s annual Aussie Millions Series has become one of the poker calendars hottest events and our very own Rupert Elder managed to take down the first event of this year’s series, a $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout event worth a cool AUD$250,000 (£165k).
Taking place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Elder saw of a monster field of 1,338 players over five long days en route to taking down the title. It was a particularly exciting final table which featured last year’s champion, Brendon Rubie as well as EPT winner Martin Finger from Germany. And it was the German who would prove to be Elders toughest competition making it all the way to heads-up. Rubie didn’t fair quite so well, but a fifth place finish for the defending champion is pretty a pretty amazing feat considering the size of the field.
With only one player left standing in Elder’s way, a win for the Englishman looked likely thanks to his substantial 10:1 chip advantage, but stranger things have happened. But this was not going to be one of those unusual occurrences. After only a short amount of play between the pair, the end was nigh and when Finger went all-in with top pair on a flop of Q-J-2, Elder was only too happy to make the call with his straight draw. Unfortunately for Finger, luck was not on his side and the river completed Elder’s straight. And the young Englishman could call himself a major champion once again.
Don’t forget to check PokerPlayer.co.uk all of next week for updates of the Aussie Millions $10k Main Event which kicks-off this Sunday January 27!
Here’s how the final table finished up:
1. Rupert Elder – AUD$250,000
2. Martin Finger – AUD$160,000
3. Fabian Craib – AUD$120,000
4. Dusan Stoevski – AUD$96,000
5. Brendon Rubie – AUD$81,000
6. Ted Nguyen – AUD$66,000
7. Marwin Nassif – AUD$52,000
8. Phillip Libeau – AUD$38,000
9. Ashley Warner – AUD$25,000
10. Nali Kaselias – AUD$13,500