Retired New Zealand doctor, Lee Nelson, celebrated his 63rd birthday by winning the Aussie Millions Poker Championships and its first place prize of AUD $1.43 million, it was recently announced. Moments after championing the largest tournament in the southern hemisphere, the Auckland resident said, "I'm 63 today but I feel like I'm 18."
Nelson outlasted a field of 417 opponents, including poker pros Michael Gracz, Joseph Hachem, among others.
The Aussie Millions took place from January 15-19 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia - home of the largest casino and poker room in the country. The main event boasted a buy-in of USD $7,538 and a prize pool of over USD $3 million. The final table lasted approximately 10 hours and finished at 11:55 p.m. Australia time. Fox Sports Network (FSN) is set to air the tournament in the United States in a 10-part series in March 2006.
Final table results are as follows (all sums are listed in USD):