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  • Aussie Millions Main Event Goes to Oliver Speidel; Phil Ivey Takes Down Super High Roller

    Sunday, January 29th, 2012 by Ryan

Oliver Speidel was definitely the fan favorite in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event final table. It looks like his home town support was more than enough to help him prevail through the action, as he looked to be dominant in the long seven hours of final table action. In the end, the first place prize and championship went to Speidel, and he took home a nice pay day of $1.6 million for his efforts. The final table of the event was made up of seven players at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, and Speidel actually wasn’t the chip leader to start the day. He found himself about 1.3 million chips behind Bjorn Li, but all of the players were fairly close to start the action.

Li lost a pretty huge hand to Mohamad Kowassarie and fell back a bit in the standings. This was when Speidel began to step his game up and work his way to the top of the leader board. He knocked out the first player at the final table, and by the time the action was down to five handed he held a three million chip lead over his closest opponent. He never lost his momentum from that point, and went on to take down the title. It took two more hours for him to eliminate the final four other players, and he had a nice chip lead of over three to one when the action began heads up. It took 20 minutes for the heads up match to come to an end, and Speidel to knock off Kenneth Wong for first place. Wong still got a nice payday of $1 million for taking down second place though.

This event wasn’t the only one going on at the Aussie Millions though, as there were 16 players who took part in the $250k Super High Roller event. The top three players were paid out, and when we made it down to four, it was probably four of the biggest poker names in the world who were competing to make it into the money. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, and Gus Hansen were left, but it was Negreanu who ended up being the bubble boy. Hansen was then sent home in third place, leaving Ivey and Antonius to play heads up. It took a full hour before they could determine a winner, but the final hand featured an all-in from Antonius and a call from Ivey. Antonius turned over K-3, and Ivey showed A-Q. Ivey hit his queen on the turn after a three came on the flop, and he sent Antonius home in second place, with a pay day of $1.2 million. Ivey got a nice $2 million pay day for winning the event.

Obviously many people are glad to see Phil Ivey back on the live poker tournament circuit, and based on how he played in this event, he could be in for a big year in 2012 if he keeps moving forward and playing well. Speidel definitely started off 2012 right as well, and he could be a name to watch as the year rolls on as well.

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