Day 1 Completed
|Blinds||15,000 / 30,000|
|Prize Pool||427,500 AUD|
Day 1 Completed
German Paul Hoefer took down the 2016 Aussie Millions Event #16 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em title inside the Crown Poker Room early Friday morning.
Hoefer collected $106,920 in prize money for the win, along with an exclusive LK Boutique Aussie Millions championship ring.
The second day of this two-day event started with 34 players remaining from a field of 190 and German Ferenc Riech in the lead.
It didn't take long to get to past the 22-player money bubble and down to the final table of ten with Reich handing the lead to Robert Nguyen when he tried, and failed, to play bluff catcher.
Nguyen's lead only got bigger when he busted Michael Tomeny tenth. Paule Hoefer sent Piyush Gupta to the rail in ninth place and play went seven handed when Najeem Ajez was counterfeited by Nguyen to say goodbye eighth.
Nguyen was running away with the tournament when he dispatched Karib Yustinus seventh, but Hoefer appeared interested in making it a two-horse race when he got all of Frank Williams' chips, eliminating him in sixth.
Five-handed play lasted for quite sometime before a massive hand suddenly played out between Hoefer and Nguyen, with Hoefer shoving big slick preflop and Nguyen calling off with pocket jacks. An ace on the river gave Hoefer the pot and the massive chip lead while Nguyen busted fifth soon after.
Short stacks Vic Spadavecchia and Mogens Hansen both doubled once, then busted, going out fourth and third respectively, and sending Hoefer into a heads-up match with the lead over Aussie Alex Grocott.
Within a half an hour, Hoefer whittled Grocott down to the felt and got him to commit his chips with middle pair versus trips to earn his first Aussie Millions title.
Alex Grocott limped in from the small blind and Paul Hoefer checked his option. The flop came and Hoefer checked. Grocott bet 50,000 and Hoefer made the call. The turn card was the and Hoefer checked again. Grocott fired another bet, this time 100,000 and Hoefer called.
The river card was the and again Hoefer checked. Grocott moved all-in for his last 371,000 and Hoefer made the call. Grocott stood up, and sheepishly opened his , knowing he was likely beat. Hoefer opened for trip Kings and sent Alex Grocott to the rail in 2nd place.
Alex Grocott raised to 65,000 from the small blind and Paul Hoefer made the call. The flop came and Hoefer check called a 65,000 chip bet from Grocott. The turn brought the and Hoefer check called again - this time for 100,000. The river brought the and this time Hoefer led out for 188,000. Grocott laid it down and Hoefer takes a 4-1 chip lead.
The drama continues to unfold on this final table. In the space of two hands, Mogens Hansen has just doubled up through Paul Hoefer, and then been eliminated by him.
In the first hand, Hansen moved all-in for 93,000 holding and was called by Hoefer holding . The board ran out giving Hansen the double up.
On the very next hand Hoefer moved all-in from the small blind and was called by Hansen in the big blind.
The flop was gin for Hoefer, bringing the giving him a flush and leaving Hansen drawing dead. The turn and river came and we are now heads up for the Championship ring!
Vic Spadavecchia doubled his short stack once through Alex Grocott, then called all in when Grocott shoved the small blind into his big.
Spadavecchia had the and Grocott the . The board rolled out to the turn, giving Spadavecchia two pair. However, the came down on the river, making Grocott a wheel and sending Spadavecchia out fourth.
In the most dramatic turn of events, Robert Nguyen has just been eliminated from this event. In the biggest hand of the night so far, Paul Hoefer doubled through Nguyen, then busted the one-time monster chip leader a few hands later.
In the crippling hand, Hoefer raised to 53,000 from the cutoff and Nguyen three bet to 149,000 from the big blind. Hoefer tanked for a while before announcing "all-in". Nguyen stood straight to his feet and was in obvious distress. He took off his hat, looked at the 2 short stacks on the table and asked for a count of Hoefer's chips. The Dealer performed the count, to which he had 810,000. Nguyen looked at his own stack and stated he would be basically all-in. He looked visibly conflicted, then all of a sudden said "CALL!"
Hoefer showed .
Nguyen tables and yelled, "Yes, hold!"
The flop was safe for Nguyen with the . The turn was also safe, bringing the , but it would be the river that would do the damage, leaving him with less than 100,000 in chips.
A few hands later he moved all in for his last 50,000 in chips from the button with and was called by Hoefer holding . The board ultimately ran out to send Robert Nguyen to the rail in 5th place.
Robert Nguyen raised to 50,000 from the button and Paul Hoefer three-bet to 140,000. Nguyen made the call and the flop came . Both players slowly checked. The turn brought the and both players slowly checked again.
The river card was the and Paul Hoefer went into the tank. He stayed in the tank for quite some time before sliding out a bet of 165,000. Robert Nguyen snap called and Hoefer opened for an Ace high flush. Nguyen mucked his hand, stating he had the
Play has been rather cagey five handed, with little in the way of showdowns lately.
Robert Nguyen is still in charge and back over the one-million mark. Below are updated counts for the final five: