At one of the toughest final tables assembled so far this year, while the eyes of the poker community were focused squarely on the more experienced competition, a local man took down one of the biggest poker titles in the Southern hemisphere.
Sydney native and Party Poker qualifier Tyron Krost kept the Aussie Millions title down under after besting a final table line-up that included the likes of Betfair sponsored pros Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad and Sorel “Imper1um” Mizzi as well as high stakes poker player Peter Jetten.  Also present at the final table was another Party Poker online qualifier, Frederik Jensen, who made an impressive showing of his own with a runner-up finish.  The final table was comprised of the top eight finishers of a field of 746 players.  The field included a number of top poker pros like Barry Greenstein, Gus Hansen, Team Party Poker’s Tony G and Stewart Scott, Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Howard Lederer, Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger just to name a few.  Scott was trying to repeat his winning feat from 2009, but it was not to be as he made his exit fairly early in the tournament.
When the final table began, Mizzi held an enormous chip lead, with over five times as many chips as his next closest competitor.  Renowned for his aggressive style and ability to accumulate chips, many in the poker world assumed that he all but had his first major title in the bag.  Meanwhile, Obrestad was looking to make the most of her trip to the Crown Casino in Melbourne after winning one of the Pot Limit Omaha preliminary events.  She already improved upon her 21st place finish in 2009 by simply making the final table, but she was likely frustrated by her end result.  She had trouble getting anything going on the last day of play and made her exit in 7th place after winning only a handful of pots all day.
The man who knocked Obrestad out was Krost, who began the day in the middle of the pack, but surged to the top after knocking out essentially half of the final table.  While Krost was flourishing, Mizzi was floundering.  His stack bled chips for quite some time, but he managed to stave off elimination until there were only three players remaining.  When Mizzi lost a coin flip to Krost in the late stages of the game, it was over for the Canadian online poker pro and he was out in third place, setting up an all-Party Poker heads-up match.
Krost held the lead at the outset of heads-up play and came up with the victory in the end after the two got it all-in on a K-3-2 board with Krost holding K-9 to Jensen’s K-6.  The nine kicker held as the turn and river came 7 and then 2 and Krost was crowned the new Aussie Millions Champion and awarded the first place prize of AUD$2,000,000.
Here are the complete results from the final table of the event:
1st: Tyron Krost – $2,000,000
2nd: Frederik Jensen – $1,100,000
3rd: Sorel “Imper1um” Mizzi – $715,000
4th: Kosta Varoxis – $450,000
5th: Peter Jetten – $350,000
6th: Steve Friedlander – $250,000
7th: Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad – $175,000
8th: Stephen Shelly – $125,000

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