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!