Rupert Elder, shown here winning EPT San Remo in 2011.
English poker pro Rupert Elder outlasted 1,338 players and beat German Martin Finger to win the first event of the 2013 Aussie Millions earlier today.
Elder took down AUD$250,000 for winning the $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
It was a dynamic final table with last year’s winner Brendon Rubie as well as former EPT champs Finger and Elder all gunning for the top prize.
Rubie put in an impressive performance in defense of his title but eventually lost a coin flip with his Q-J losing to pocket sixes to bust in fifth place.
Elder Meets Finger Heads-Up in European Showdown
That would eventually set the stage for a high-profile battle between European poker stars Elder and Finger.
Unfortunately for Finger, Elder had a massive 10-1 chip lead at that point and it proved to be insurmountable for the German.
In the final hand Finger got all-in with top-pair on a queen-jack-deuce flop but Elder had a straight draw that hit on the river to end the tournament.
Elder has been a regular on the poker circuit since 2009 but finally took down his first major poker tournament in 2011 when he won EPT San Remo for $1.3 million.
It was also in 2011 that Elder made a deep run in the WSOP Main Event, getting a fair amount of TV coverage before finally busting in 132nd place for $54k.
The 2013 Aussie Millions runs from now until Feb. 3 with the $10k Main Event scheduled to go Jan. 27-Feb. 2. PokerListings will be out out in full force so expect exclusive features from the biggest tournament in the southern hemisphere.