Speidel Aces 2012 Aussie Millions Final Table
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!
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