Mel Judah picks up Aussie win

Mel Judah

The 2009 Aussie Millions in Melbourne, Australia, may not see its biggest events until this weekend, but the series is already making news with the winners of its first events.

Mel Judah, a former Aussie resident, picked up a win this week in Event 3 of the tournament series, an Omaha Hi-Lo event. According to the Aussie Millions Web site, the $1,100 Omaha Hi-Lo event is one of the smaller tournaments, but because it is one of the more specialized, it brings out many familiar pro faces.

This time around Judah was more than just a pro face in the crowd as he topped a field of 102 players that included Ivan Demidov and Alexander Kostritsyn to win $30,600.

Judah also picks up an Aussie Millions championship ring valued at $4,000 for the win.

That takes Judah up to more than $3.1 million in tournament winnings. His poker resume also includes two World Series of Poker bracelet wins and a World Poker Tour championship win.

Judah also cashed in the first event of the Aussie Millions. He picked up $2,337 in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event, which had a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The big winner in that event was German player Christian Heich. He topped a record field of 731 entrants to pocket the $106,555 top prize.

Some of the local favorites in the event included Eric Assadourian, David Saab and Jamie Pickering.

But after a couple days of play and about an hour of heads-up play, Heich came out ahead when he flopped a set of jacks to rival Steve Topakas' straight draw.

Heich also picks up a championship ring.

The action continues this week with new events each day leading up to the start of the $100,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Challenge starting on Saturday. The Aussie Millions main event will then start on Sunday.

As usual, the PokerListings live tournament reporting team will be on the scene for those two events to bring our dear readers the best live updates, reports, photos and interviews from Down Under.

You can check them out in the Live Tournaments section.


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