An epic heads up battle has come to an end eventually and it is Aussie Greg Cook who emerged victorious. Cook raised to 40,000 and Engel three-bet to 115,000, which Cook called.
The flop came and Engel led for 80,000, receiving a call. On the turn, Engel fired a second barrel worth 180,000 and Cook gave it some time before moving all in.
"Some funky something? King seven? Diamonds? You have me covered?"
"I think so," was the only answer Cook gave during the brief interrogation from Engel and the latter eventually called off with another 500,000 chips behind.
The rail was gathering for the river card and rooting for Engel, but the on the river was a brick for the American and both players shook hands. For his second place, Engel takes home a payday of A$34,155 and another LK Boutique championship ring stays on home soil.
Aussie Gregory Cook took down Event #5 No Limit Holdem Mix Max inside the Crown Poker Room on Tuesday, defeating Ari Engel heads up to win a $51,230 first-place prize and an LK Boutique Aussie Millions Championship ring.
The event drew 196 entries on Monday, playing full ring until they were down to 36. The final 36 played six-handed until after 2 a.m., returning with 25 players Tuesday.
Once they reached the final eight they split off into seeded heads-up matches based on the chip counts.
Martin Finger beat John Apostolidis and Craig Blight eliminated Felix Kramer to push through to the semifinals. Cook beat Cameron Couch, and despite starting as the eighth seed, Engel came back to upset chip leader Errolyn Strang to move on.
Engel then made short work of Blight and Cook pushed past Finger setting up the final.
Engel began the final heads-up match with the chip lead, but Cook took control winning the first couple of big pots in the first level to take close to a 2:1 advantage. Engel ran hot and pulled into a 2:1 lead of his own come the second level and increased that lead before doubling up cook with top pair versus bottom two heading into the third. Engel kept the pressure on and built the lead back up before Cook doubled again, getting it in with middle pair versus a flush draw and holding.
The lead went back and forth until Cook finally inched ahead and Engel called off with an outkicked ace allowing Cook to capture his first Aussie Millions title.