It started almost a week ago and now after one final grind, the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event has come to an end. There could be only one winner and for the second year in a row, it is a Melbourne local. Oliver Speidel beat out a field of 659 players to claim the trophy, the glory, the pride and the $1,600,000 first place prize.
The final table saw just seven players return with a chance at taking down the victory, but almost from the very first hand it was the Speidel show. The first player eliminated was Yann Dion, with his demise coming when he got his stack in preflop holding and ran into Speidel’s .
Next to go, in 6th place, was Bjorn Li. It was Mohamad Kowssarie who dealt the final blow to Li, with his staying ahead of Li’s . At this stage, Speidel was easily the most active player at the table and that continued until he knocked out Patrick Healy in 5th place. Healy tried to get tricky with on a flop and ran into Speidel’s . No help came on the turn and river and Healy was sent out the door.
With four players remaining, Speidel had a commanding lead over the table, holding more than half the chips in play. Over the course of the day Speidel seemed to be the only player Kowssarie rumbled with and that proved to be his downfall as he ran his short stack into Speidel’s . Kowssarie held and a bricked board would see him eliminated in 4th place.
Going into three-handed play, Mile Krstanoski was the short stack and his elimination would also come at the hands of the eventual champion. In that hand, Speidel shoved his monster stack all in from the small blind holding and Krstanoski made the call from the big blind holding . The flop put Speidel ahead and when the turn and river bricked, it was out in 3rd place for a A$610,000 score for Krstanoski.
Going into heads-up, Speidel held a commanding chip lead and it looked like it was going to be very tough for Kenneth Wong to win. The first few hands of the heads-up battle went Wong’s way before the play slowed down for a couple of hands. Then, all of sudden it was over and Speidel had been crowned the champion. It was a 6-bet preflop all in from Speidel that saw Wong get his stack in with . It was if the stars had aligned for Speidel, with his slamming down on the felt to set up a huge climactic ending. No help came for Wong on the last board of the night and that was it, the Aussie Millions Main Event was over.
The atmosphere in the room was electric and it only got better when Speidel jumped on the table, laid on his back, picked up bundles of his newly won cash and rubbed it all over his body. There aren’t many chances in this life to have A$1,600,000 of cash in your hands and maybe if we got the chance, we would have done exactly what Speidel did. Either way, it was one of the most entertaining celebrations we have ever witnessed.
It’s been a long journey, but PokerNews would like to congratulate Oliver Speidel on his fantastic achievement. If there was a player of the series award at the Aussie Millions, there would be no contest for Speidel. A huge two weeks saw Speidel finish 2nd in the A$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout event and then 6th in the A$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty event. And now he can add the Main Event title to that record. The name Oliver Speidel will not be soon forgotten!