Kenny Hallaert from Belgium has won his first Aussie Millions title against a fierce battle to bag A$59,535 ($47,463) in event #23: A$1,150 No Limit Holdem Turbo Shot Clock.
Hallaert seems to have mastered the shot clock events as he almost won his first Aussie Millions title a few days ago and finished in second place in Event #20: A2,500 No Limit Holdem Six Max Shot Clock for A$94,975 ($76,240).
With this win, he now has come close to $4 million in live tournament cashes to go with approximately $4.3 million in online competition cashes. He finished ninth in the 2016 WSOP Main Event November and in addition to his two podium finishes, he was placed on the seventh position in Event#15: A$1,150 No Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha for A$8,165 ($6,607). Moreover, he also grabbed seventeenth position in the event#5: A$1,150 No Limit Holdem Mix Max for A$3,360 ($2,684).
Hallaert told in an interview given to poker news, "This Aussie million has been great for me expect the Main event where I busted within the first orbit."
"I was disappointed to lose after coming so close to a win, but it is great to get a chance to win one day. I have played four cashed with three final tables with a seventh the second place. Since it was a turbo I needed to win a decent amount of flips; I won a lot at showdown and eventually making a deep run into this event. It is very important to play in this manner in such kind of events. I am happy to win finally. Winning a tournament is always a wonderful moment, no matter if it is a big one or one of the side events that they have here. It feels superb."
242 entrants generated an A$ 248,050 prize pool in the event. There is a significant increase of 48 percent as it saw 163 entrants when Australia's David Stanton shipped the top prize of A$42,605.
27 players cashed the event for at least A$1,985 with a guaranteed payout of at least A$4,960 at the final table. Five Aussies were first to get eliminated after Mihai Barbu (10th place - A$4,960), David Leas (ninth place - A$6,200), Brian Elsheik (eighth place A$8,060), Mike Guttman (seventh place - A$9,925) and Charles Caris (sixth place - A$12,405) all got ousted one by one.
Hallaert's competitor, Dzmitry Urbanovich was unable to add an Aussie Millions title to his many wins whereas Hallaert added this victory to his poker trophy collection.