The final table of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event took almost exactly 12 hours to play out and end in a home turf victory for Melbourne native David Gorr and a runner-up spot for Englishman James Keys.
After the early eliminations of Patrick Antonius of Team Full Tilt and Chris Moorman were followed a few hours later by the felt-deaths of Black Belt Poker player Sam Razavi and semi-permanent chip leader Randy Dorfman. At about the halfway stage, Michael Ryan was knocked by Jeff Rossiter who lasted a couple of hours in third place in chips to leave in third and let Gorr and Keys sit the heads up glory. Keys had had a good run so far in the 2011 Aussie Millions, taking 6th place in the A$1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout Championship to win A$9,480 on 18 January.
The heads-up took over 200 hands and included a number of swings of the pendulum as each player took the lead to later relinquish it once again. The decisive hand saw Gorr regain the chip lead with a big double-up that saw an all-in pre-flop with A-Q against K-Q. Keys missed a flopped flush draw and Gorr picked up what he needed to create what was to soon become a telling advantage.
A handful of hands later, Gorr check-called and then raised to 1.65 million, causing Keys to go all-in with Gorr grabbing two pairs on the river to sweep himself into history and make himself a millionaire twice-over if he wasn’t already. Gorr has played all of his poker on Australian soil, his largest cash outside of this tournament being for 7th place in the 2010 Victorian Poker Championship which earned him 26,900 $AUS (more-or-less $26,000). This is his sixth cash in the Aussie Millions; the first being in 2007. The largest of those being for 35,910 $AUS ($35,000) in the $1,100 Pot Limit Hold’em event in 2008.
Keys will take $1,035,000 back to the United Kingdom which we’re sure will keep his pockets warm on the long flight from Down Under. Keys’s biggest win before this was in the World Series Of Poker Europe £10,000 Main Event in 2007, when he took 9th place to win £61,540 ($123,925).