Congratulations Danny “Brotha D” Leaoasavaii – Winner of the the 2010 PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event
That concludes our live coverage of the 2010 PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event. It was an exciting day of poker and enthralling heads-up battle that ended in a popular victory in Kiwi-legend Brotha D.
He keeps the title on home soil and takes home a massive NZ$170,000 in prize money.
We’ll be back with a winner’s interview and complete wrap of the day’s action for you shortly.
11:10pm: Tom Grigg eliminated in 2nd place; Brotha D Wins!
It’s over! After four hours of heads-up play we finally have ourselves a champion in local legend Danny “Brotha D” Leaoasavaii!
The final hand came when Brotha D raised to 160,000 on the button and Tom Grigg moved all in from the big blind for 880,000. Brotha D instantly called and the cards were on their backs.
Brotha D: A♠K♠
Brotha D was in the lead with his ace-king but Grigg held live cards as the crowd were on their feet to sweat the action.
The flop fell 3♣4♦9♦ to miss both players, and the turn bricked the 6♠. Grigg was left needing a jack or a ten on the river but it wasn’t to be as the Q♠ bricked the river as a new champion of New Zealand poker was crowed in Brotha D! The crowd erupted in delight as their man had done it!
Brotha D celebrated with his entourage before consoling opponent Tom Grigg after their epic heads-up contest was finally over. Grigg shouldn’t be too disappointed as he takes home NZ$107,900 for his runner-up result.
11:06pm: Brotha D trips Grigg
Tom Grigg limped the button and Brotha D checked his option t see a flop of 4♣7♣4♠. Brotha D checked and Grigg bet 100,000. Brotha D made the call and the turn was the 9♦. Both players checked to see the free 2♦ hit the river.
Brotha D led out with a bet of 300,000 to send Grigg into the tank. He eventually made the call and Brotha D showed J♥4♦ for trips to take it down and leave Grigg with just 800,000 chips.
11:00pm: Play resumes
The players are back and ready to get their gamble on! Here’s the chip counts at the break:
Brotha D: 2,565,000
Tom Grigg: 1,315,000