Amidst the tournament action of the PokerNews Cup Australia at the Crown Casino, the exciting Tony G Celebrity Shootout Bounty Event offered a change from the regular tournament action. It is a tournament that many players looked forward to playing, and it proved to be an exciting event from start to finish.
Day 1 saw a total of 169 players at the tables for the $550 buy-in event. The top 16 players would be paid, but players also had the chance to collect one or more of the 17 bounties worth $500 each. Some of the big names in Aussie poker who came out for the event included Tony Hachem, Ben Savage, Sam Khouiss, Dennis Huntly, Emad Tahtouh, and of course Tony G. As the day progressed, the money bubble burst, Ben Delaney became the first player to cash with $1,140 for 16th place. Tony G was ultimately eliminated in 11th place, and with the bust-out of Alfred Grech in ninth, the final table was set for the following day as follows:
|Bruce Nguyen ||164,700 |
|Nick Haidaris ||156,000|
|Angelo Prifti ||125,000 |
|William Skountzos ||110,000 |
|Andrew Jeffreys ||87,700 |
|Riku Koivurinne ||77,700 |
|George Dionisopoulous ||53,600 |
|Ben Savage ||48,700|
Action got underway on Day 2 with Jeffreys as the aggressor, but during the first hour, Nguyen kept up the same pace and maintained the lead. Haidaris and Koivurinne were the ones who couldn’t seem to find any momentum at the table.
That led to Koivurinne finally pushing all-in with against the pocket sixes of Nguyen. The board came , and Riku Koivurinne was the first to be eliminated from the table. He took home $2,280 for the eighth place finish.
Meanwhile, Dionisopoulos stayed alive with a double-up through Nguyen, and he put his short stack at risk again a few hands later. The pocket queens looked good, but that was only until Savage turned over pocket kings. The board blanked with , and George Dionisopoulos was ousted in seventh place with $3,040.
After Nguyen had a successful first hour of the tournament, things turned sour. Upon becoming the victim of a Prifti double-up and left with only 25K, Nguyen was able to double once to stay alive. But he had to do it again, so he moved all-in with . Jeffreys made the call holding , and the board brought for the flush. Bruce Nguyen left in sixth place with $3,800.
Haidaris finally met his tournament demise when he went to see a flop of with Prifti. Haidaris pushed all-in for his last 62K with , but his middle pair was outdone by the of Prifti. A on the turn and on the river ended the run for Nick Haidaris, who finished in fifth place with $4,940.
Savage stayed alive when necessary earlier in the game by doubling through Prifti, but he eventually had to move again. He did it preflop with , and Jeffreys was the caller with . The dealer produced a board of , and the jacks knocked out Ben Savage in fourth place with $6,460.
Prifti and Jeffreys went to see a flop of , at which point Prifti pushed all-in with , but his middle pair was no match for the and top pair of Jeffreys. The on the turn and on the river ensured the pot would go to Jeffreys, and Angelo Prifti was eliminated in third place with $9,880 in prize money.
Heads-up action began with the following counts:
|William Skountzos ||455,000 |
|Andrew Jeffreys ||400,000 |
It didn’t take long for Jeffreys to take over the lead and bring the tournament to its conclusion. Skountzos ultimately moved all-in without looking at his cards, and Jeffreys called in the same fashion.
Skountzos turned over , and Jeffreys was behind with . The board came , and the pair of sixes for Jeffreys sent William Skountzos out in second place with $14,440 for the effort.
Andrew Jeffreys won the Tony G Celebrity Bounty Shootout and walked away with $20,520 for the accomplishment.