Congratulations to Matthew Ephraums, the 2010 Crown Aussie Millions Event 1 Champion! ($200,025)
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
After 17 hours of gruelling play, Matthew Ephraums has emerged the victor over Brendan Edmonds, taking home the lion's share of the prize pool and the coveted championship gold ring.
Ephraums will also go down in history of conquering the largest Australian championship poker tournament field in history - a remarkable achievement for him and for Crown Casino, which shows just how much their hard work and dedication to the game is being rewarded.
Congratulations Matthew, your win is thoroughly deserved and also kudos to Brendan for your efforts - we hope to see you both back in the Crown Poker Room soon.
Of course, it goes without saying that this is the end of the event - we hope you enjoyed our coverage - but we've got plenty more action coming your way!
Be sure to keep your browser logged onto PokerNews as we bring you live updates from Event #3: AUD $1,100 Limit Hold'em event from 12.30pm AEDST. See you then!
Brendan Edmonds Eliminated in 2nd Place ($142,875)
We were expecting a long, arduous battle but it was all over just after 5.45am - Brendan Edmonds raised to 300,000 from the button, Matthew Ephraums reraised to 1 million straight, Edmonds announced he was all in and Ephraums snap-called.
Ephraums soared further ahead when the flop came down . Drawing thin to runners, the turn was red but not what Edmonds was looking for as it was in the .
It was all over before the river completed the board - Edmonds bows out in second place, confirming Matthew Ephraums as our second Aussie Millions Poker Championship winner in 2010!
What happens when we're waiting in the wee hours of the morning for a final table to finish? We get creative of course! Let us introduce you to the 2010 Aussie Millions $1,100 Opening Event Final Table:
A limped pot between Brent Thomas and Brendan Edmonds saw a flop of .
Edmonds check-called a bet of 150,000 before check-raising Thomas' turn bet of 150,000 to 500,000 when the appeared. Thomas made the call and the river was the . Edmonds now moved in for around 1,535,000 and Thomas called.
Edmonds doubles up to nearly 5 million and Thomas is crippled.
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