Moorman, Antonius Headline Aussie Millions Final
The 2011 Aussie Millions main event played down to the final eight at the Crown Casino in Melbourne Friday.
The day began with 18 players and as names like Team PokerStars Online Pro Randy Lew and former Aussie Millions main event finalists Sorel Mizzi and Mark Vos hit the rail, 2009 EPT Grand Final High Roller runner-up Randy Dorfman pushed into the lead.
He'll take that lead into Saturday's final at Crown, but capturing the AUD$2 million first-place prize will be no easy feat with players like nosebleed-stakes regular Patrik Antonius and upstart UK pro James Keys still stacked.
Although he is the shortest stack in the group, the 2011 Aussie Millions may go down as the tournament where UK online poker phenom Chris Moorman finally delivers on all his promise.
While he's been ranked among the top online players in the world the past three years, Moorman has yet to see that online success translate into live results.
To hear him tell it, making his first major final table here in Australia really came down to just a few good bounces.
"I've been running OK," he said. "I've been playing pretty well and I've had a few cards fall in my favor instead of the other way around, which has happened in the past.
"Also, I haven't actually exploded, which I have in the past and, I don't know, I guess it's just all come together here."
It could also be that a clearly more methodical Moorman has finally found the patience required to navigate his way through a live tournament field.
"I'm just taking my time and thinking things through," he said.
Heading into the final eight, Moorman will also be looking up at Aussie veteran David Goss, Melbourne locals Michael Ryan and Jeffrey Rossiter and Asian circuit standout Samad Razavi.
But he's hoping things will turn around fast.
"We'll see what happens," he said. "Today I was a card away from being out, so maybe I can take that as a sign that I'm meant to win it.
"I'm just going to play my best and we'll see what happens. Hopefully I can win it."
The final eight will resume play at 12:30 P.M. local time in Melbourne.
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Here's how the final eight stack up:
1 Randy Dorfman 3,895,000
2 James Keys 2,395,000
3 David Gorr 2,370,000
4 Samad Razavi 1,360,000
5 Patrik Antonius 1,300,000
6 Jeff Rossiter 1,235,000
7 Michael Ryan 960,000
8 Chris Moorman 955,000