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Gorr Keeps Aussie Millions Title Down Under
Melbourne's David Gorr ensured the Aussie Millions title would stay Down Under for the third straight year at Crown Casino Saturday.
"It's quite unbelievable," he said. "I didn't think that it would happen. I knew I had a chance, but this is just terrific."
The 68-year-old amateur player who works in the computer industry picked up the game of poker at age 12 playing Manilla and Draw Poker.
Gorr says he plays the Aussie Millions main event almost every year and has a bevy of small Aussie cashes in his resume, but nothing comes even close to the AUD$2 million this victory was worth.
"I actually had a lot of good cards," he said. "I got lucky."
Patrik Antonius was the name on the marquee coming in to the eight-handed final table Saturday, but the nosebleed-stakes pro limped kings, got outflopped by Gorr and rolled over eighth.
Then, although Chris Moorman finally delivered on all his online promise making his first major live final table, that's where the story ended as he came in short and busted seventh when he ran a flush draw into Gorr's flopped trips and failed to improve.
With the star power out of the way, Gorr began to pull away from the pack.
Soon Black Belt Poker's Sam Razavi was done, start-of-day chip leader Randy Dorfman blew up and Gorr had more chips than the rest of the table combined four-handed.
This is when Jeff Rossiter turned it on, picking up a few big pots, sending fellow Melbourne local Michael Ryan to the rail and taking the lead three-handed.
Gorr pushed back into the lead, however, and after busting Rossiter, took a massive chip lead into heads-up with UK pro James Keys.
Keys fought back to take the lead and control of the match, but one massive double up and a fortuitous river card later and the 2011 Aussie Millions title was both Gorr's and Australia's for the third straight year.
The event drew 721 players creating a $7,210,000 prize pool.
For a full recap of all the major hands, click through to PokerListings' Aussie Millions Live Updates.
Here's how the final table finished up:
1 David Gorr AUD$2,000,000
2 James Keys AUD$1,035,000
3 Jeff Rossiter AUD$700,000
4 Michael Ryan AUD$450,000
5 Randy Dorfman AUD$325,000
6 Samad Razavi AUD$225,000
7 Chris Moorman AUD$175,000
8 Patrik Antonius AUD$130,000