2012 Aussie Millions – Day 18 Report
Posted by: Jo Martin - Mon, 2012-01-30 10:56
Day 18 of the 2012 Aussie Millions was quite a day indeed. The $10k Main Event has finally played down to a winner and it possibly set a new record as the shortest final table of a major live poker tournament
: it lasted a mere 7 hours. The local crowd was certainly proud to see one of their own rise to the top as Oliver Speidel clinched the title, together with the $1.6 million top prize.
7 players returned to action on the final day of the event. The first victim of the day was Yann Dion, who shoved all-in holding pocket 7s and got called by Oliver Speidel who had pocket Qs.
The next elimination was the result of a textbook coin-flip. Bjorn Li got it all-in with an A,Qo and was called by Mohamad Kowssarie, who had pocket 3s. The board sided with Kowssarie and Li was history. Patrick Healy was the next player to bite the dust, at the hands of Speidel, who was just starting to get hot at that stage.
With 4 players remaining in the running, Speidel had a massive chip lead over the rest of the field. Kowssarie was keen on trying to take some of those chips away from him, and all the trying ended up costing him his tournament life. Mike Krstanoski followed him to the rail, his elimination setting up the heads-up stage of the action.
Speidel started the heads-up stage with a massive lead over Kenneth Wong. The final hand of the event saw Wong shove all-in with pocket 9s against Speidel’s pocket rockets. Wong picked up a handsome $1 million for his second place.
The $25k NL Holdem Semi Shootout kicked off on Saturday, with 20 players coughing up the buy-in. The event successfully played down to its 6-handed final table in short order, but given the relatively low number of registrants, only the top 4 finishers would get paid. Dominykas Karmazinas walked away with the title in the end.