Aaron Benton Wins PokerStars APPT Sydney Grand FinalMonday, December 14th, 2009 by t2admin
PokerStars 2009 Asia Pacific Poker Tour Sydney Grand Final has finished up after a tough three days of play. three hundred and ninety six players competed in the event and it was Aaron Benton who was able to outlast them all and earn the $594,000 first place prize.
Benton was one of seven Australians who made the final table. Five local Sydney players were at the final table as well as Benton who is from Illawara. It would take three and a half hours before anyone would be eliminated and then two players would go down in consecutive hands.
Thomas Slifka would go down first and then David Formosa would follow suit. After the first players were eliminated the other players would then begin to fall until only two were left. Benton and Ernst Hermans would be the two left to compete for the top prize.
Benton held a chip lead of over 2 million and this would help him take down the win. soon after heads up play began Hermans would make a risky play with a bluff and it would not work so Benton was up even more in chips, about three million more.
The final hand would play out when Hermans went all in with 9-8 with a top pair on the flop. Benton would call with pocket kings. The pocket kings would hold up and Hermans would have to take the second place prize.
1st: Aaron Benton (Australia) – $500,348 (adjusted for chop)
2nd: Ernst Hermans (Netherlands) – $475,000 (adjusted for chop)
3rd: Leo Boxell (Australia) – $213,840
4th: Wayne Carlson (Australia) – $166,320
5th: Tom Grigg (Australia) – $130,680
6th: Andrew Hiscox (Australia) – $106,920
7th: Barry Forrester (Australia) – $83,160
8th: David Formosa (Australia) – $65,340
9th: Thomas Slifka (USA) – $47,520