Nick Georgoulas Wins Aussie Poker Hall of Fame EventJanuary 24, 2017 2:35 pm
The 2017 Aussie Millions is in full swing Down Under, with the popular tournament series offering a variety of events that have attracted players from all around the world. Event 14 of its 26 event schedule, however, had a special twist to it as members of the Australian Poker Hall of Fame were able to buy-in to the A$1,025 competition without having to pay the additional A$125 rake, but instead had a A$500 bounty placed upon their heads.
The aptly called Australian Poker Hall of Fame Classic subsequently saw a total of 123 players enter the event to create a prize pool worth $95,216, with veteran player Nick “The Greek” Georgoulas eventually triumphing over his competitors to lift the title, and collect a top prize of A$32,620 (US$24,636).
Six Australian Hall of Fame members took part in the tournament, namely Jason Gray, Graeme Putt, Joe Cabret, Leo Boxtel, Gary Benson and Marsha Waggoner, none of whom made one of the 12 money spots. By the time the final table had been reached, though, seven of the nine players remaining hailed from Australia, with three of them coming from the Aussie Millions’s host city of Melbourne. The final table then got started at 2:30 pm, but it wasn’t until past midnight that the event was finally concluded, with Nick Georgoulas eventually overpowering his fellow Aussie Xiuning Huang heads-up to claim the victory, and scoop his second biggest score to date.
Georgoulas cashed in at his first tournament back in 1998, and in 2011 finished runner-up at the ANZPT Melbourne for A$99,200 ($101,735). Following his latest score at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, he now boosts his live career earnings to $284,293.
Final Table Results:
1: Nick Georgoulas (Australia) $32,620
2: Xiuning Huang (Australia) $22,155
3: Park Yu Chen (Australia) $14,770
4: Jack Tanwhare (New Zealand) $11,690
5: Geoffrey Mooney (Australia) $9,230
6: Paul Tadina (Australia) $8,000
7: John Thompson (Australia) $6,770
8: Stefan Schillhabel (Germany) $5,540
9: Kwang Nguyen (Australia) $4,305