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Speidel Aces 2012 Aussie Millions Final Table

Oliver Speidel doing the backstroke.
Oliver Speidel doing the backstroke.

Oliver Speidel added a storybook finish to his magical run at the 2012 Aussie Millions on Sunday in Melbourne. 

In the final hand of the tournament Speidel, as he’s been doing for the entire final table, opened the betting for 160,000 from the button.

Ken Wong raised to 485,0000 but Speidel wasn’t going anywhere. He re-raised 900,000. Wong replied by re-raising to 1,900,000.

At this point Speidel 6-bet shoved all-in, easily covering Wong. Wong called and the cards were on their backs:

Oliver Speidel: A A

Ken Wong: 9 9

Incredibly Speidel had picked up the best starting hand in Hold’em and Wong looked slightly shocked when the cards were turned over.

Of course, as any poker pro knows, aces don’t always hold and Speidel was likely still sweating with a $600,000 pay jump on the line.

The flop came K T 8, which gave Wong some backdoor straight draw outs. 

The turn was the 4, however, which quickly ended those hopes.

Finally the 7 ended the tournament and secured Speidel the title.

Wong still picks up $1 million (AUD) as a consolation prize for coming in second place.

From the start of the final table Speidel appeared destined to win this tournament and the Melbourne local ended up eliminating five of his six opponents at the final table. 

Speidel is the fourth consecutive Australian to win the Aussie Millions and he will keep the title here in Melbourne.

That’s going to do it for us at the 2012 Aussie Millions and we’ve got to put in a special thank you to the Crown Casino for hosting us and running an amazing series of poker tournaments. They do poker right in Melbourne.

We’ll see you at the next one!

Average Stack
19,770,000
Players Left
1
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1
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Aussie Millions Day 6: Speidel Punishes Krstanoski (Third)

Mike Krstanoski
Mike Krstanoski

Oliver Speidel has sucked out on Mile Krstanoski to usher in heads-up play at the 2012 Aussie Millions final table.

In the hand Speidel open-shoved from the small blind and Krstanoski decided to call.

The players immediately flipped over their hands:

Speidel: 9 8

Krstanoski: K 8

It’s one of the first times at this final table that Speidel has actually been behind his opponent. The way Speidel has been crushing this final table it almost seemed like he was due for a suckout, however.

That’s exactly what happened when the flop came A 9 6 giving Speidel the commanding lead with his pair of nines.

Krstanoski was left praying for a king as the turn fell 4. That gave him more outs to a flush but those hopes were rudely crushed with the 7 on the river.

Krstanoski finishes in third place and picks up $610,000 (AUD) for his efforts in this tournament.

With Krstanoski’s departure we are now officially heads-up with the Aussie Millions title on the line.

The chip counts going into heads-up are as follows:

Oliver Speidel – 15.2 million
Ken Wong – 4.6 million

Average Stack
9,885,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
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Aussie Millions Day 6: Speidel Terrorizes Kowssarie (Fourth)

Mohamad Kowssarie
Mohamad Kowssarie

Oliver Speidel is rampaging his way through the remaining players in the 2012 Aussie Millions final table.

His latest victim is none other than Swedish pro Mohamad Kowssarie, who you may know as Fast_Freddie or TerrorOfSweden online. 

Speidel opened for 160,000, Kowssarie shoved and Speidel insta-called with pocket kings. Kowssarie could only shake his head, as he revealed A-2 off suit

The flop didn’t help matters for Kowssarie as it came down K-8-5 bringing a thunderous applause from the Speidel fans.

Kowssarie was dead to runner-runner trip aces and his tournament was over when the turn instead peeled off the deck 9.

The Swede picks up $405,000 (AUD) for his efforts in Australia. It’s his biggest live tournament cash ever.

Here’s a look at the chip counts after the dust has settled:

Oliver Speidel – 14.4 million
Ken Wong – 4.2 million
Mile Krstanoski – 1.1 million

Average Stack
6,590,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
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Aussie Millions Day 6: Speidel Wins Massive Pot Off Krstanoski

Oliver Speidel
Oliver Speidel

Oliver Speidel just took a stranglehold on the final table of the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event.

The Melbourne-native is now up to nearly 14 million chips thanks to a huge pot against Mile Krstanoski.

In the hand Speidel bet the button and Krstanoski called from the big blind to see a T T 7 flop.

The turn came 5 and Krastanoski checked but Speidel threw 500,000 chips into the pot.

The river finished with the 4 and Krastanoski fired a one million-chip be into the pot.

Speidel immediately raised to 2.7 million and Krastanoski eventually made the call but Speidel immediately showed pocket sevens for the flopped boat.

Considering there are only are only 19.7 million chips in play, this tournament is pretty much Speidel’s to lose at this point.

Oliver Speidel – 13.5 million
Kenneth Wong – 3.7 million
Mohamad Kowssarie – 1.6 million
Mile Krstanoski – 1.1 million

Average Stack
4,942,500
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
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Aussie Millions Day 6: Speidel Smashes Healy (Fifth)

Patrick Healy
Patrick Healy

Patrick Healy is out of the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event and Oliver Speidel is looking downright unbeatable right now.

Healy was fighting from the short stack for the last level and knew he needed to snag a double-up to continue in this event.

Healy opened for 160,000, which was enough to chase everyone except chip leader Oliver Speidel who made the call.

The dealer threw down a 9-8-4 flop and that’s when the real fireworks began.

Healy led out for 100,000, Speidel raised to 350,000 and Healy immediately moved all-in for his last 1.8 million.

Unfortunately for Healy, Speidel snap-called and tabled 9 8 for top two-pair. Healy could only muster A-K, which put him in a very bad spot.

The board finished with the 5 and then the K to give Healy his walking papers.

The Perth-native picks up $300,000 for finishing in fifth place in this tournament.

Meanwhile Speidel is simply running over the final table at the moment. Here are the updated chip counts:

Oliver Seidel – 10.2 million
Mile Krstanoski – 4.7 million
Ken Wong – 3.7 million
Mohamad Kowssarie – 1.6 million

Average Stack
4,942,500
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
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Aussie Millions Day 6: Bjorn to Bust (Sixth)

Bjorn Li
Bjorn Li

Our chip leader at the start of the day is now nothing more than a memory at this final table.

Bjorn Li doubled up a couple of short stacks early on and then became the shortest stack in the last level thanks to losing a big pot against Ken Wong.

In his final hand Li open-shoved for 600,000 with A Q and Mohamad Kowssarie opted to make the call with 3 3.

The board ran out K-7-2-2-9 and that was more than enough to give Li his walking papers.

The Hong Kong-born Li was one of the most experienced players at the final table and must be disappointed with finishing in sixth place.

Li picks up $230,000 (AUD) for his sixth-place effort here at the 2012 Aussie Millions.

In other news Oliver Speidel is crushing. Here are the updated chip counts:

Oliver Speidel – 7 million
Mile Krstanoski – 5.4 million
Patrick Healy – 2.6 million
Ken Wong – 2.2 million
Mohamad Kowssarie – 2.1 million

Average Stack
3,954,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Aussie Millions Day 6: Yann Banned (Seventh)

Dion = done
Dion = done

Canadian Yann Dion is the first casualty of the 2012 Aussie Millions final table.

Dion, who plays online as yadio, entered the final table with 2.3 million in chips but never really got anything going.

He fell from fifth in chips to last in a hurry and at the start of Level 25 he made his move.

Oliver Speidel opened for 155,000 and fellow Aussie Mile Krstanoski called, but Dion immediately moved all-in.

Speidel re-shoved to isolate and that was enough to get Krstanoski to lay down his hand.

Dion flipped over pocket sevens and would need some help as Speidel had him crushed with pocket queens.

The board ran out A-J-3-2-T and that spelled doom for Dion.

The Canadian picks up $170,000 (AUD) for his efforts in this contest.

We are now six-handed in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event.

Average Stack
3,295,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
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Aussie Millions Day 6: Kowssarie Doubles Through Li

The Terror of Sweden strikes!
The Terror of Sweden strikes!

Bjorn Li was dominant in the initial stages of the final table here at the Crown Casino but Mohamad Kowssarie just hit a big double against the Chinese-born pro.

Li made a standard pre-flop bet and both Ken Wong and Mohamad Kowssarie decided to come along for the ride.

The flop came K Q 7 and Kowssarie checked but Li fired 200,000 into the pot. Both Wong and Kowssarie made the call and that brought the A turn.

Once again Kowssarie started with a check but Li kept the pressure on with a 430,000 bet. That was enough to chase Wong but Kowssarie wasn’t going anywhere.

The player formerly known as the Terror of Sweden moved all-in for 1.3 million more.

Li tanked for a few minutes as he weighed his options.

Finally he decided to call only to have Kowssarie flip J T for the broadway straight and a flush draw. Li could only muster pocket sevens for a set leaving him drawing pretty thin on the river.

The river was a meaningless 4 and that was enough to secure Kowssarie the pot and move him into the chip lead.

Here’s a look at the chip counts after the first break:

Mohamad Kowssarie – 4.4 million
Oliver Speidel – 4.1 million
Bjorn Li – 2.7 million
Patrick Healy – 2.6 million
Mile Krstanoski – 2.1 million
Kenneth Wong – 1.9 million
Yann Dion – 1.8 million

Average Stack
2,824,286
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
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Aussie Millions Day 6: The Final Chapter Begins

Gather round, it's final table day.
Gather round, it's final table day.

It’s been one hell of a journey getting here but today the last seven players in the 2012 Aussie Millions will be reduced to just one.

That player will walk away with $1.6 million and the title of Australian poker champion.

At this point it almost feels like an afterthought thanks to Phil Ivey busting out of the Main Event in 12th yesterday and then storming back to win the $250k Challenge for $2 million early this morning.

There’s still a life-changing amount of money to be won today and that fact likely hasn’t escaped chip-leader Bjorn Li.

The University of Chicago grad will attempt to parlay his 4.7 million chips into the $1.6 million first place prize. Li is actually one of the most experienced players at the final table with a high roller win in Macau and a deep run in the Main Event this summer.

Li isn’t the only notable player at the final table as Yann Dion is a known online crusher. The French Canadian plays as yadio online and has over $1 million in lifetime earnings.

This event has been won by an Australian for three years running and the three remaining Aussies have a chance to keep that streak alive.

Oliver Speidel likely has the best chance with 3.4 million chips, good enough for second place. The Melbourne local also has over $200k in lifetime tournament earnings, which more than anyone else at the final table.

Perth’s Patrick Healy is right behind Speidel with 2.9 million chips. Speidel is a bit of a wild card entering this event and made some very unusual moves, such as opening for a massive amount and then folding, with just eight players left.

Also from Perth is Mile Krstanoski who stealthed his way into the final table with very little fanfare. Krstanoski is second to last in chips with 2.2 million.

Fill out the final table is Canadian Kenneth Wong who will enter the final table with 2.3 million chips.

Last in chips is Swedish online cash game player Mohamad Kowssarie. Kowsarrie is the short stack at the final table with 1.7 million chips but used to inspire fear online as Fast_Freddie and TerrorOfPoker.

The dealer just announced the shuffle up and deal so here are the chip counts to start the day:

1. Bjorn Li – 4,775,000
2. Oliver Speidel – 3,415,000
3. Patrick Healy – 2,995,000
4. Kenneth Wong – 2,330,000
5. Yann Dion – 2,325,000
6. Mile Krstanoski – 2,295,000
7. Mohamad Kowssarie – 1,750,000

Average Stack
2,824,286
Players Left
7
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Event Name 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event
Venue Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia
Date 22 January 2012
Final Day 28 January 2012
Buy In AU$10,600
Entrants 659
Prize Pool AU$6,590,000
First Prize AU$1,600,000

Oliver Speidel
wins
AU$1,600,000

2012 Aussie Millions Main Event

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Oliver Speidel AU$1,600,000
2. Kenneth Wong AU$1,000,000
3. Mile Krstanoski AU$610,000
4. Mohamad Kowssarie AU$405,000
5. Patrick Healy AU$300,000
6. Bjorn Li AU$230,000
7. Yann Dion AU$170,000
8. Daniel Idema AU$125,000
9. Lee Nelson AU$125,000
10. Janis Lesinskis AU$100,000