Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship has begun in style with a total field of 1,211 entrants contesting the opening event – $1,150 No Limit Holdem. Held over five days and four Day 1 flights, local player Vic Spadavecchia (pictured) was the eventual victor, collecting a massive AUD$215,000.
Spadavecchia also received a prestigious Aussie Millions gold ring and a Rolex watch worth AUD$13,650 thanks to the Official Jewellery Sponsor of the 2015 Aussie Millions, LK Boutique.
The final day of play saw 5 hopefuls return and it was 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Andrew Hinrichsen who had the chip lead at the start of play. Hinrichsen looked like the main threat throughout the day, but Spadavecchia was able to take control as he sent 2012 opening event winner Brendon Rubie home in 10th place as the final table bubble boy. Rubie was relatively short stacked when he moved all in preflop with pocket eights, which couldn’t hold up against Spadavecchia’s A-K of hearts.
Rubie’s elimination would see Spadavecchia begin the final table as the chip leader and from there he dominated his opponents, holding the lead all the way to heads-up when he had Derek Wolters at a 2-1 chip disadvantage.
Spadavecchia was able to win the heads-up battle in quick fashion, with the final hand of the tournament seeing Wolters short stacked move all-in with A-4 against Spadavecchia’s Q-3. The board ran out with Spadavecchia hitting a queen and sealing Wolter’s fate in a well-deserved second place.
Event 1: $1,150 Opening Event – Final Table Results
1st Vic Spadavecchia – AUD$215,000
2nd Derek Wolters – AUD$152,000
3rd Amer Akkari – AUD$117,000
4th Andrew Hinrichsen – AUD$92,000
5th George Tang – AUD$72,000
6th Robert Raymond – AUD$57,000
7th Don Mishra – AUD$44,000
8th Camil Debsia – AUD$32,000
9th Robert Spano – AUD$21,000
The UK’s Daniel Rudd has taken out Event 2 – $1,150 No Limit Holdem Shotclock Shootout. The event began on Sunday January 18 with 22 players of the 198 entrants returning the following Monday to play down to a winner. Day 2 was slow going until Gregory Cook took out both Shoshiro Karita and Adam Jarvis in the same hand. Cook, with his pocket sevens, overcame both players with A-K, and it was then that the eliminations began to fall.
Notable names such as two-time Aussie Millions gold ring winner Mustapha Kanit, German high roller specialist Fabian Quoss and 2010 Aussie Millions champion Tyron Krost were among the remaining players that would ultimately fall short of making the Final Table. In the end, the Final Table bubble would go to Jing Zhou who went along with Daniel Rudd to the river on a Ts-6s-8d-Qs-9c board before mucking his hand in disbelief when his opponent tabled his 8h-7s for a straight.
2014 WSOP APAC bracelet winner Rory Young began the final table with the chip lead but would finish in fifth place. Rudd put pressure on Young when holding 8h-7h, Young made the call for his tournament life, tabling As-Qs. Unfortunately for Young his opponent would end up making two pair, sending him to the sidelines in fifth.
Rudd would continue rounding up his opponents on his way to the title, winning the biggest event of his career and over $31,000 for his efforts.
Event 2: $1,150 NLHE Shotclock Shootout – Final Table Results
1st Daniel Rudd – AUD$31,690*
2nd Hiroaki Harada – AUD$37,913*
3rd Angel Guillen – AUD$35,397*
4th Gregory Cook – AUD$15,830
5th Rory Young – AUD$13,200
6th Alex Lynskey – AUD$10,650
7th Alexander Debus – AUD$8,620
8th David Heskin – AUD$6,900
9th John Thomson – AUD$5,380
*denotes a three-handed deal
The seventh day of the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championships would see Oliver Gill break through for his maiden championship victory. Gill had been talking up his chances all week on Twitter, and his vision of glory during this championship ultimately came true with an timely victory in Event 3 – $2,500 8-Game Mixed Event.
The event began on Monday January 19 with a total field of 46 of the region’s best mixed-game players. By the end of the first days play they would be down to the final five players. Australian Van Marcus was the unlucky bubble boy with 2004 Aussie Millions champion Tony Bloom carrying the chip lead into the final day.
It was a strong final table with Bloom joined by Australian poker veteran Sam Khouiss, Norwegian player Mikal Blomlie, Canadian pro Jonas Mackoff and Aussie Oliver Gill. However, it would be Gill who would reach heads-up play to face Bloom, having built a two-to-one chip lead. It would prove to be too great an advantage and Gill would triumph for the title and $38,815.
Event 3: $2,500 8-Game Mixed Event – Final Results
1st Oliver Gill – $38,815
2nd Tony Bloom – $26,395
3rd Sam Khouiss – $17,075
4th Mikal Blomlie – $11,900
5th Jonas Mackoff – $9,315
Upcoming events on the schedule include the $25,000 Challenge that begins on Friday January 23, and both the $100,000 Challenge and Main Event that begin on Sunday January 25.
Event details and photo with thanks to Crown Melbourne.