Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event 2010 Won By Brendon Rubie

Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event 2010 Won By Brendon RubieBrendon Rubie has won the Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event 2010, after defeating a field of 590 players over three days to take down the title and the $118,000 first place prize.
The tournament got off to an explosive start, and by the end of Day 1 the field had been reduced to 206 players, with some of the top pros to hit the rail early on including Tamara Volkoff, Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Jim Mastorakos, Tony Hachem, Grant Levy and last year’s winner Todor Kondevski.
By Day 2, the bubble was on the brink of bursting when Brendon Rubie was dealt a 9s-8s, and decided to get involved in a massive pre-flop battle against Minh Nguyen. After the action was folded around to him, Rubie raised the blinds to 16,000 from the cut-off, only to be three-bet by Nguyen on the button. In a bold move Rubie then retaliated with a four-bet to make it 101,000 only for Nguyen to five-bet him back to 170,000.
Not to be outdone, Rubie proceeded to six-bet him to 241,000 and was called. When the flop fell Jc-3c-Kh, Rubie insta-shoved his remaining 300,000 and picked up the 940,000 pot on his stone cold bluff.
Shortly later, Dean Urquhart ignobly became the last player to crash out of the competition without cashing, whilst the remaining 54 players were all guaranteed at least $2,360. By 3am, the tournament broke for the night with just 10 players left and the final table set.
On Day 3, it took over three hours before the final table lost its first player when Jarred Graham was eliminated in tenth for $8,850. Thereafter, the floodgates were opened and before long Brendon Rubie was squaring of against Minh Nguyen in a heads-up battle for the title.
The final hand saw Rubie being dealt a 5s-3s to his opponents Ac-Kc. Nguyen raised the bet pre-flop to 225,000, which Rubie called. The flop fell As-10s-3d, and Rubie check raised his opponent’s 275,000 bet to 775,000, which Nguyen called. Rubie made his flush on the turn when a 9s fell, and after betting out 1,050,000 all the money soon went to the centre of the table with Nguyen drawing dead.
Minh Nguyen collected $83,780 for his runner-up position, while Brendon Rubie won his first major event and picked up $118,000 for his impressive run in the competition.

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