Gary Benson Wins Aussie Millions Event #6 For $109k

Gary Benson Wins Aussie Millions Event #6 For $109k Aussie legend Gary Benson has won the Aussie Millions $1,150 re-buy event, after defeating a field of 83 players on his way to lifting the title, and collecting the $109,000 first place prize.
The 55 year old poker pro is noted for having won a WSOP bracelet in 1996 at the $1,500 Seven-card stud event for $148,200, as well as for having attended almost every major poker tournament in Australia and New Zealand over the past few decades. In 2009 Benson was then inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame, and now with his latest victory in Melbourne takes his life time earnings to $967,675.
Despite the $1,150 event attracting a relatively small field, there was a total of 257 rebuys and add-ons which helped create a hugely inflated prize pool. By the time the final table of nine had been reached, several notable players were still in contention for the title, including USA’s 2012 WSOP finalist Jake Balsiger, Brits Craig McCorkell and Neil Channing, and, of course, Gary Benson.
Benson then got lucky when his Ac-Ks made a flush against Valdemar Kwaysser’s As-Kc to eliminate the Hungarian in 8th for $13,500. Benson (A-2) followed up by knocking-out a short-stacked Alex Rich (Q-J) in 7th ($17,000), before being dealt A-K and dispatching Tino Lechich (A-Q) to the rail in 6th for $20,500.
Finally, Benson (A-Q) eliminated Patrick Healy (3-3) in 3rd ($44,500) to go heads-up against Jake Balsiger. At this stage, Benson held a 420k to 340k chip advantage over his opponent, but Benson managed to further extend his lead until the defining hnd was played with both Balsiger (K-7) and Benson (J-J) all-in preflop. The board then rolled out 2-8-2-6-Q to relegate Balsinger to a runner-up finish worth $71,000, while Gary Benson was crowned the champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 Gary Benson    $109,000
2 Jake Balsiger    $71,000
3 Patrick Healy    $44,500
4 Craig McCorkell $30,000
5 Neil Channing    $24,000
6 Tino Lechich    $20,500
7 Alex Rich    $17,000
8 Valdemar Kwaysser $13,500
9 Tony Sama    $10,500


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