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Aussie Millions: $10,000 (AUD) No-Limit Hold'em

Tournaments, 2007-01-19, by Ozone

Australia's most popular poker tournament took place this week. The Aussie Millions drew 747 players Down Under to compete for a $1.5 million (AUD) first place prize. Entering the final table with the chip lead was nineteen year-old online tournament pro Jimmy "gobboboy" Fricke. Before the tournament began, a prophetic Fricke advised a reporter to keep an eye on him as he was going to win the whole tournament.

That prediction was looking strong for a while; Fricke entered heads-up play with a commanding chip lead over poker pro Gus Hansen. However, age prevailed in this match-up putting Hansen back on the map after a long cold streak of tournament performances. The nineteen year-old gobboboy can't be too displeased with his $1,000,000 (AUD) second-place payday.

Third place and $700,000 (AUD) went to Andrew Black, who many remember as a fixture from the 2005 WSOP Main Event. The eventual winner of that tournament, an Australian native no less, Joe Hachem finished 23rd on his home turf in this event. The runner-up at last year's WSOP Main Event, Paul Wasicka, made his first significant showing since last summer with a 12th place finish.

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