AUSSIE MILLIONS: Oliver Speidel wins 2012 Main Event

2012 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Oliver Speidel

Oliver Speidel had been enjoying a reasonably successful 2012 Aussie Millions. He was runner-up to Sandeep Pulusani in the $1100 NLHE Shootout before placing sixth in the $1650 Feature Event. Those two cashes were worth just over $40,000. His third cash of the series was for $1.6 million.

For the fourth successive year, Australia’s most prestigious poker title is staying on home soil and, for the second year in a row, a hometown player emerged victorious.

In addition to the prizemoney, the 26-year-old banker was also awarded a stunning diamond-encrusted gold ring, the championship trophy and a Rolex watch. This was Speidel’s second Aussie Millions title after he took out the $1000 NLHE Rebuy event in 2011. He also won the Manny Pacquiao World Poker Event in Manila last December.

Played before a packed audience in Studio 3 at Crown, the final table was a tour de force for Speidel but in the early stages, it seemed Mohamad Kowssarie would have a major say in who would claim the title after doubling through final table chip leader Bjorn Li.

Speidel claimed the first scalp of the day when Yann Dion bowed out seventh (pocket queens versus pocket sevens) before Kowssarie finished off Li when his pocket threes prevailed over A-Q.

WA’s Patrick Healy was next to go after picking the wrong moment to make a move with A-K on a flop of 9-8-4. Speidel called and showed 9-8 for two-pair, the pot and a big chip lead.

Kowssarie and Speidel tangled on several occasions over the course of the afternoon but the local player delivered the KO blow when he looked down to find pocket kings after Kowsarrie had shoved with A-2. The board brought no joy and he was out in fourth.

The other West Australian at the final table, Mile Krstanoski, looked in good shape to double through Speidel after he called with Kh-8h against Speidel’s 9s-8c but a 9 on the flop confirmed all the momentum was flowing in the direction of the Melburnian.

Kenneth Wong entered the heads-up duel trailling Speidel almost 4:1 in chips and, despite winning the majority of the first few pots, it was soon all over for the player from Hong Kong. The betting went back and forth before the chips were all in the middle, with Wong showing pocket nines. However, his heart sunk as Speidel slammed down pocket aces, which duly prevailed after the board came 8h-Ks-10s-4c-7h.

2012 Aussie Millions Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (659 players, 72 players paid, total prizepool AUD $6,590,000) final results

1 Oliver Speidel $1,600,000
2 Kenneth Wong $1,000,000
3 Mile Krstanoski $610,000
4 Mohamad Kowssarie $405,000
5 Patrick Healy $300,000
6 Bjorn Li $230,000
7 Yann Dion $170,000
8 Daniel Idema $125,000
9 Lee Nelson $125,000
10 Janis Lesinskis $100,000
11 Karim Jomeen $100,000
12 Phil Ivey $100,000
13 Danny Chevalier $75,000
14 Matt Turk $75,000
15 Grant Levy $75,000
16 Minh Nguyen $60,000
17 Joey Lawrence $60,000
18 Slade Fisher $60,000
19 Borge Dypvik $45,000
20 Josh Barrett $45,000
21 Elton Tsang $45,000
22 Tim O’Shea $45,000
23 Louie Srour $45,000
24 Andrew Mellado $45,000
25 Ioannis Makris $35,000
26 David Steicke $35,000
27 Jason Koon $35,000
28 Octavian Voegele $35,000
29 Aage Ravn $35,000
30 Stanley Wu $35,000
31 Dennis Huntly $30,000
32 Andrew Hinrichsen 30,000
33 Steve Hansen $30,000
34 Michael Pedley $30,000
35 Pat Dillon $30,000
36 Sean O’Reilly $30,000
37 Michael Russell $25,000
38 Alexander Antonios $25,000
39 Robert Lam $25,000
40 Bob Sova $25,000
41 Rob Angood $20,000
42 Alexander Roumeliotis $20,000
43 Ben Jenkins $20,000
44 Paul Sing $20,000
45 Ben Savage $20,000
46 Michael Tureniec $20,000
47 Dominykas Karmazinas $20,000
48 Brett Watson $20,000
49 Robert Raymond $20,000
50 Wissam Boumadi $20,000
51 Billy Argyros $20,000
52 Mike Ivin $20,000
53 Ali Ghezelbash $20,000
54 Emad Moaref $20,000
55 Jeremy Simon $20,000
56 Diego Zeiter $20,000
57 Kenna James $15,000
58 Daniel Botta $15,000
59 Zakria Zahid $15,000
60 Armin Zoike $15,000
61 Louis Sawa $15,000
62 Stuart Kerr $15,000
63 Tom Grigg $15,000
64 Amanda De Cesare $15,000
65 Khiem Nguyen $15,000
66 Oscar Kemps $15,000
67 Matt Wakeman $15,000
68 Michael Langdon $15,000
69 Anthony Marenko $15,000
70 Patrick Lui $15,000
71 Lorinda Johnson $15,000
72 Paul Wilde $15,000


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