Congratulations to Carlos Mortensen, Australia Heads-Up Champion (AUD$130,000)!
Posted 2011-01-29 GMT+11
After four days and more twists and turns than a bestselling novel, the Australia Heads-Up Championship has crowned a champion, one accustomed to seeing "First" by his name. Carlos Mortensen, yes that Carlos Mortensen, defeated fellow Full Tilt Red Pro Melanie Weisner, Terrence Chan, and Alexander Kostritsyn to make it through to the round-robin finals. Americans Dan "KingDan" Smith and Barry Woods also won three matches apiece to earn spots in the finals. All three returned this afternoon for a very unusual final day.
The top three played a round robin tournament format. The first player to win two best-of-three matches in a row would win the title. Theoretically, the finals could have gone on forever. It looked like things were headed in that direction. Mortensen beat Smith in the first match 2:1. Woods beat Mortensen in the first game of the second match and had a lead in the second. Then Woods flopped two pair and Mortensen turned a flush to double up and take all of the momentum from Woods. After that, Mortensen was unstoppable. He went on a tear to win the second and third games in record time and lock up the Championship title and AUD$130,000.
Woods, who finished as runner-up last year, then beat Smith in a playoff to finish second once again, earning AUD$70,000. Smith took home AUD$40,000 for his efforts.
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