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Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12

Event 10 - $5,300 Heads Up Championship
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John Tabatabai Wins Australian Heads Up Championships (AU$100,000)

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
John Tabatabai Wins!
John Tabatabai Wins!
In the final hand of play Alec Torelli was down to his last 4,500 and all in preflop and John Tabatabai made the call.

Tabatabai: {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Torelli: {10-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}

The flop was all Tabatabai when it landed {9-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} to make him trip sevens. The turn was the {Q-Clubs} and river the {8-Hearts} and John Tabatabai becomes our Australian Heads Up Champion!

Alec Torelli collects another runner-up finish in a major Heads Up event following his 2nd place finish to Kenny Tran at the WSOP. We think that AU$60,000 should ease the pain a little.

Meanwhile John Tabatabai collects the Aussie Millions Gold Ring and AU$100,000!

Tabatabai Puts the Foot Down

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
Alec Torelli reraised to 2,400 from the button and John Tabatabai made the call.

The flop came down {2-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{10-Spades} and Tabatabai checked from the big blind to Torelli who bet 2,600. Tabatabai then moved all in and Torelli was forced to give it up.

Tabatabai has 31,200 and a strong hold on the ring as Torelli is down to 8,800.

Tabatabai Gaining Control

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
Alec Torelli raised preflop to 1,300 with John Tabatabai making the call.

The flop arrived {6-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and both players checked. The turn was the {9-Clubs} and Torelli check-called the 1,700 bet from Tabatabai.

The river brought the {K-Hearts} and Torelli this time fired 3,400 which Tabatabai called.

Torelli tabled {A-Clubs}{10-Spades} for ace-high as Tabatabai's {A-Hearts}{9-Spades} was good. Tabatabai is up to 26,000 as a visibily steaming Torelli is back to 14,000.

John Tabatabai Goes 1-0 Up

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
John Tabatabai
John Tabatabai
Alec Torelli was quickly down to his last 6,000 chips and moved them all in preflop with John Tabatabai making the call.

Torelli: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Tabatabai: {K-Hearts}{10-Spades}

The board fell {5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Tabatabai pairs up his king to capture the pot and take a 1-0 lead!

Chip Changeover Leads to First Match of Final to be Abandoned

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
Some incredible developments have just occured during the heads up final. After playing for several minutes, it was then decided that the chips would be changed from the "older style" tournament chips which are used for weekly tournaments here at the Crown, to the newer "major tournament style" chips.

Everything seemed to go smoothly and play continued.

After another twenty minutes of play and several double ups, Torelli looked at Tabatabai's stack and asked him how many chips he had.

"33,000" came the reply from Tabatabai.

"Well I have 17,000" said Torelli.

After some 2nd-grade math, it was realized that an extra 10,000 chips had crept into play during the chip change-over as the total amount of chips should've been 40,000.

The tournament supervisor was called over and a lengthy discussion held as to the best approach to resolve the matter. In the end, both players generously agreed to restart the match.

So play is once again underway, with the scoreboard still reading 0 vs 0 and the chip counts starting at 20,000 vs 20,000!

Torelli Doubles

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
Alec Torelli has stemmed the tide. Down to 7,225 chips, he moved all in with {K-Spades} {5-Spades} and was called by John Tabatabai's {9-Spades} {8-Clubs}. The board ran out {K-Clubs} {7-Clubs} {7-Spades} {6-Clubs} {Q-Spades} to give Torelli a chip-infusion. He's up to more than 14,000.

Tabatabai Storms Back

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
John Tabatabai has been working away at Alec Torelli. Another pot of 8,000 chips was shipped his way after both players checked the river on a board that read {8-Diamonds} {10-Spades} {8-Hearts} {A-Diamonds} {8-Spades}. Those 8,000 chips alllowed Tabatabai to open up a more than two-to-one chip lead over Torelli.

First Blood to Torelli

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
Alec Torelli raised to 1,200 and was called by John Tabatabai. Tabatabai led out for 1,325 on a flop of {J-Diamonds} {3-Clubs} {2-Diamonds}, then snap-mucked when Torelli raised him to 3,900.

Alec Torelli Advances to Final 2-0

Posted 2009-01-22 GMT+12
Alec Torelli has advanced to the final with a 2-0 result over Jarred Solomon.

The final between Alec Torelli and John Tabatabai will commence shortly.
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