Dan Shak came into the final table second in chips behind Jonathan "xMONSTERxDONGx" Karamalikis. He didn't get too involved at the final table and picked his spots nicely. Two of his most important hands came against Karamalikis. First, Shak doubled through the youngster and then later sent him to the rail.
A little while later, Shak busted Tony G in 5th place when he out-raced the new Party Poker pro with against pocket tens.
When play got to heads up, Shak was behind Ivey, but not by a lot. He took over the chip led within a few hands and never looked back. Shak's strategy wasn't to out-play Ivey, but rather get the money in whenever he thought he was good. Using that strategy, Shak shoved on Ivey a few times and put in some big three-bets.
Shak did though come from behind in the final hand when he spiked a three-outer to take home the title. Shak took the mic after the tournament was over and made sure to graciously compliment Ivey and make sure that everyone knew, "I just got the better cards, he's the best player in the world hands down."
This is the biggest tittle of Shak's career and with it he takes home a whopping $1,200,000 AUD. Congratulations to all the finishers and especially to the champion Dan Shak!
Phil Ivey had the button and raised to 100,000. Dan Shak moved all in and Ivey quickly called off the rest of his chips.
Ivey had Shak's hand dominated and was in prime position to double up and continue the match. He was all in for a little over 500,000.
The dealer burned and dealt the flop, spreading the . Shak went from worst to first, picking up a pair of sevens. Ivey was now the one needing help to win the hand.
The turn card was the , not helping out Mr. Ivey. The final card on the board was the and tht was it, Ivey was eliminated in 2nd place, leaving Shak as the winner.
Ivey and Shak embraced with a hand shake and a big hug. Ivey exited the stage to a standing ovation and round of applause from the crowd. Everyone was reminded that with this finish, Ivey took over the lead on the all-time money list.