Gary Benson Wins Event #6 of the 2013 Aussie Millions

Posted at 20:31 2013-01-26 by Matthew Pitt

Event #6 of the 2013 Aussie Millions is in the bag and it is Gary Benson who has been crowned its champion.

The $1,150 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament may have only attracted 83 players, but between them they made 257 rebuys/add-ons to help create a prize pool that boasted a $109,000 first place prize.

The final table was a star-studded affair with the likes of Australian Poker Hall of Famer Benson, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig McCorkell, his fellow Brit Neil Channing – making his second final table of the week – and WSOP Main Event final table member Jake Balsiger.

1Alex Rich81,200
2Tony Sama37,000
3Patrick Healy153,600
4Gary Benson70,500
5Valemar Kwaysser81,700
6Neil Channing54,000
7Jacob Balsiger129,900
8Craig McCorkell128,700
9Tino Lechich43,700

Each of the final table members were guaranteed a payout of at least $10,500 and the first player to pick up that amount was Tony Sama. The action folded to Sama in the small blind and he looked down at {A-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} in the hole and chose this hand to move all in with. Balsiger woke up in the big blind with {A-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and made an easy call, one made easier by the fact Sama was the table short stack. Neither player improved on a {6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{j-Clubs} board and the final table lost its first player.

During the same blind level Valdemar Kwaysser lost his chips and was sent to the rail – and in cruel circumstances. Kwaysser found himself all-in preflop holding {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} and up against Gary Benson’s {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}. Just as it looked like the pot would be split the board fell {5-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, gifting Benson an ace-high flush and leaving a very disappointed Kwaysser to win eighth place money.

Alex Rich was the next player to exit the final table, again at the hands of Benson. Rich was down to around eight big blinds and he shipped these into the middle with {Q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}. Benson called the shove with {A-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and was rewarded by a {2-Spades}{9-Spades}{A-Diamonds} flop. The turn and river were the {3-Clubs} and {Q-Clubs} it was all over for Rich.

Six became five with the demise of Tino Lechich. Once again Benson was the executioner, his {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} dominating Lechich’s {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. The {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{j-Hearts} flop threatened to cause an upset, but the turn and river bricked off and Lechich’s tournament was over.

The first of the British duo was eliminated in fifth place, the aforementioned Channing busting out. Ironically, it was Channing’s fellow Brit, McCorkell, who eliminated him. Channing held {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and McCorkell the better {A-Spades}{k-Hearts}. By the river the five community cards read {7-Spades}{2-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and Channing was sent to the rail.

McCorkell couldn’t put Channing’s chips to good use and he finished in fourth place. McCorkell opened the betting, Benson flat-called in the small blind and Balsiger squeezed in the big blind. McCorkell moved in for a few more chips than Balsiger’s 162,000 squeeze and when Benson folded, Balsiger called. It was one of tournament poker’s many coinflips, McCorkell held {A-Spades}{k-Hearts} and Balsiger {6-Hearts}{6-Spades}. The board ran out void of aces or kings and McCorkell busted out.

Another coinflip and another scalp for Benson, this time his {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} out-flopping the {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} of Patrick Healy. No third trey appeared on the board and Healy finished in third place, sending Event #6 to heads-up.

The heads-up battle started with Benson holding a 420,000 to 340,000 chip advantage of Balsiger, who you may recall finished third at the WSOP Main Event in 2012. Benson started to put some distance between himself and Balsiger but the one way traffic was halted when Balsiger’s black kings faded a diamond flush draw and ace on a {4-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{6-Spades}{8-Hearts} board – the chips going in on the flop.

Normal service resumed though and Benson started to forge a lead for himself once again. The final hand saw Benson open, Balsiger three-bet jam for 130,000 and Benson call. Balsiger turned over {k-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} and Benson revealed {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}. The board ran out {2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{q-Hearts}, Balsiger busted and Benson added an Aussie Millions title to his already impressive list of poker accomplishments.

2013 Aussie Millions Event #6 final table result

1Gary Benson$109,000
2Jake Balsiger$71,000
3Patrick Healy$44,500
4Craig McCorkell$30,000
5Neil Channing$24,000
6Tino Lechich$20,500
7Alex Rich$17,000
8Valdemar Kwaysser$13,500
9Tony Sama$10,500

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