All that glitters is gold for Richard Ashby, as the high stakes pro added yet more gold to his collection last night by scooping an Aussie Millions ring in Melbourne.
Ambushing this year's event along with fellow Black Belt Poker sponsored pros Neil Channing, Adam Stoneham and Sam Razavi, Richard complimented his WSOP bracelet from last year by taking down Event #5 of this year's Aussie Millions at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Proving his undeniable talent across multiple games, the tournament was the 8-Game Mixed event which attracted 68 runners. Richard flew out of the blocks like Carl Lewis and was among the chip leaders for most of the tournament, but once down to the final table of seven, found himself last in chips with 59,300 with chip leader Daniel Ospina of Columbia a country mile ahead with 186,700.
The final day, however, saw Richard enjoy a fruitful start when he doubled through in the Limit Hold'em round with just ace high! With Ospina opening from under the gun, and Paul Ravesi raising the button, Richard capped from the small blind with As-Kc before leading out on a 9d-2c-8h flop. Ospina then took control, firing out bets of 5,000 on both the 7s turn and Qs river. Both streets were called down, only for Richard's Big Slick to scoop the pot against Ad-Ts.
After Casey Kastle - an American currently residing in Slovenia - fell in third, Richard found himself heads-up against local hero Bruno Portaro with a 545,000 to 135,000 chip lead. Although the Aussie made a commendable fightback, Richard finished off a lengthy heads-up battle in the No Limit Hold'em round, calling his foe's all-in on a Kd-9c-Ac flop with Ah-7h. Portaro could only muster Kh-Ts, which failed to improve on a 5h turn and 4d river.
In addition to becoming the recipient of an Aussie Millions ring, Richard also earned A$23,800 for his troubles, as well as a well-timed confidence boost in preparation for the upcoming Main Event. Although Neil cashed in Event #4's No Limit Hold'em Shootout, Richard's triumph marked the first success for Black Belt Poker at this year's Aussie Millions which will surely spur on the rest of the team who were watching keenly from the rail.
Keep checking the site to see if Black Belt Poker's Aussie Millions contingent can build on that momentum and make an impact on the remaining events.
(images courtesy of Anne Laymond)