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Oliver Speidel Wins 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event

Melbourne Native Earns $1,600,000 AUD

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Oliver SpeidelThe 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event was a global affair, with a field of 659 entrants from all around the world turning up at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. But in the end the title stayed at home, with Melbourne’s own Oliver Speidel emerging victorious.

The 26-year-old banker was richly rewarded for his triumph, taking home $1,600,000 AUD, a diamond-encrusted gold ring, a Rolex watch, an Aussie Millions trophy and 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year points.

The $10,600 no-limit hold’em Main Event began on January 22nd, and took seven days to complete. Speidel entered the final table second in chips with 3.415 million, likely feeling confidant in his game after making two final tables already at the 2012 Aussie Millions.

Speidel took the chiplead early on at the final table, and continued to roll from there. By the time that play was four-handed, he controlled more than half of the chips in play. Speidel maintained his lead all the way into heads-up play with Kenneth Wong, of Hong Kong.

Wong started the heads-up battle off with a small comeback, but his dreams of victory were soon dashed. The final hand was definitely a bit of a cooler, with Wong getting the last of his chips in the middle with 9Heart Suit9Club Suit, only to find himself in horrible shape against Speidel’s ASpade SuitAClub Suit. The board brought no help, and Wong was eliminated in second place. For outlasting all but one of the 659 entrants, Wong was awarded $1,000,000 AUD.

Here is a look at the payout and POY point information from the seven-handed final table:

Place Player Earnings (AUD) POY Points
1 Oliver Speidel $1,600,000 2,100
2 Kenneth Wong $1,000,000 1,750
3 Mile Krstanoski $610,000 1,400
4 Mohamad Kowssarie $405,000 1,050
5 Patrick Healy $300,000 875
6 Bjorn Li $230,000 700
7 Yann Dion $170,000 525