Gus Hansen took home $1.5 million AUD when he beat out a field of 747 players in the 2007 Aussie Millions main event championship at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. On the final day of action, Hansen was one of seven remaining players and he had to come from behind to take out Internet prodigy Jimmy "Gobboboy" Fricke in order to win the richest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
The chip counts for the final table were as follows:
1. Jimmy “Gobboboy” Fricke - $5,175,000
2. Gus Hansen - $4,845,000
3. Andrew Black - $2,100,000
4. Kristy Gazes - $1,050,000
5. Julius Colman - $785,000
6. Marc Karam - $535,000
7. Hans Martin Vogl - $455,000
In a strong showing for tournament sponsor Full Tilt, three of the online site’s representatives (Gus Hansen, Andrew Black, Kristy Gazes) reached the final table, and the day’s first elimination featured a match-up between two of those pros.
After 745 other contenders had fallen by the wayside in this superb Aussie Millions Main Event, The Great Dane, Gus Hansen, went for the throat of the 746th player. The final hand saw a flop of Qd 8d 6c which Fricke checked. Gus Hansen bet 1,000,000, and Fricke check-raised all in. Hansen called instantly and calmly flipped over his two aces. Fricke flipped over 9c 7c needing one more miracle. The 2c on the turn opened up a flush draw for him but the 9s on the river sealed his fate. Jimmy Fricke finished runner-up with a prize of A$1,000,000 to come. As for Hansen, he received $1.5 million and the Aussie Millions trophy. His win also gave Full Tilt the unique privilege to crown one of its own players as the champion of the site-sponsored tournament.
While Hansen said he enjoyed the prize money and title, he also felt that the victory served as a much-needed return to form. “I haven’t been playing my best poker in recent tournaments,” Hansen admitted. “But this win changes all that.” What a way to start of 2007. Well done Mr. Hansen.
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