A short time ago, Aaron Benton was celebrating his beloved Collingwood Australian Rules Football team winning a big match in Melbourne today by just one point. However his joy has been short-lived as the 2009 APPT Sydney champ has just become our first high-profile casualty of the day.
The action started with a raise to 850 and a call by Spanish PokerStars qualifier Daniel Palau, before all eyes were on Daniel Laidlaw as he squeezed to 2,300 in the small blind. Benton was sitting quietly in the big blind and thought for several moments before making a cold call. The original raiser folded, but Palau came along to see a flop of .
Laidlaw tapped the table as Benton led the betting for 2,800. Palau called as Laidlaw got out of the way before the hit the turn. Benton checked and Palau casually flicked out 3,000 into the middle. Benton looked down at his stack of around 13,000 and declared himself all in but Palau immediately beat him into the pot with a call.
“Ah, you’ve got me,” sighed Benton as he opened . He was right. Palau tabled for a flopped set.
The river was the as Benton and Palau shook hands before the Aussie headed for the exit.