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Event #16: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Level Info

Level 24
Blinds 15,000 / 30,000
Ante 4,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 427,500 AUD
Event #16: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 Completed

Paul Hoefer Wins the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em for AU$106,920

MartyDerby • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante
Paul Hoefer Wins Event #16
Paul Hoefer Wins Event #16

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.

Tags: Alex GrocottFerenc RiechFrank WilliamsKarib YustinusMichael TomenyNajeem AjezPaul HoeferPiyush GuptaRobert NguyenVic Spadavecchia

Alex Grocott Eliminated In 2nd Place ($70,565)

Hektik • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante
Alex Grocott
Alex Grocott

Alex Grocott limped in from the small blind and Paul Hoefer checked his option. The flop came {k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and Hoefer checked. Grocott bet 50,000 and Hoefer made the call. The turn card was the {j-Hearts} and Hoefer checked again. Grocott fired another bet, this time 100,000 and Hoefer called.

The river card was the {k-Diamonds} 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 {10-Clubs}{5-Spades}, knowing he was likely beat. Hoefer opened {k-Spades}{3-Hearts} for trip Kings and sent Alex Grocott to the rail in 2nd place.

Paul Hoefer de 2,750,000 550,000
Alex Grocott Busted

Hoefer Applies The Pressure

Hektik • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Alex Grocott raised to 65,000 from the small blind and Paul Hoefer made the call. The flop came {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} and Hoefer check called a 65,000 chip bet from Grocott. The turn brought the {q-Spades} and Hoefer check called again - this time for 100,000. The river brought the {6-Diamonds} and this time Hoefer led out for 188,000. Grocott laid it down and Hoefer takes a 4-1 chip lead.

Paul Hoefer de 2,200,000 450,000
Alex Grocott 550,000 -450,000

Mogens Hansen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($44,890)

Hektik • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante
Mogens Hansen
Mogens Hansen

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 {a-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and was called by Hoefer holding {10-Spades}{2-Spades}. The board ran out {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{k-Hearts} 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.

Hoefer showed {7-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Hansen had {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}

The flop was gin for Hoefer, bringing the {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{j-Hearts} giving him a flush and leaving Hansen drawing dead. The turn and river came {7-Spades}{a-Hearts} and we are now heads up for the Championship ring!

Paul Hoefer de 1,750,000 108,000
Alex Grocott 1,000,000 100,000
Mogens Hansen Busted
Level:
24
Blinds:
15,000/30,000
Ante:
4,000

Vic Spadavecchia Eliminated in 4th Place ($36,335)

MartyDerby • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Vic Spadavecchia
Vic Spadavecchia

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 {q-Spades}{10-Hearts} and Grocott the {5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}. The board rolled out {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Spades} to the turn, giving Spadavecchia two pair. However, the {3-Hearts} came down on the river, making Grocott a wheel and sending Spadavecchia out fourth.

Alex Grocott 900,000 200,000
Vic Spadavecchia Busted

Tags: Alex GrocottVic Spadavecchia

Robert Nguyen Eliminated in 5th Place ($28,905)

Hektik • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Robert Nguyen
Robert Nguyen

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 {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}.
Nguyen tables {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and yelled, "Yes, hold!"

The flop was safe for Nguyen with the {7-Spades}{9-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. The turn was also safe, bringing the {7-Diamonds}, but it would be the river {a-Hearts} 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 {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} and was called by Hoefer holding {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. The board ultimately ran out {8-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{a-Hearts} to send Robert Nguyen to the rail in 5th place.

Paul Hoefer de 1,642,000 762,000
Robert Nguyen 95,000 -680,000

Tags: Robert NguyenPaul Hoefer

Paul Hoefer Wins Nice Pot Off Robert Nguyen

Hektik • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

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 {7-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. Both players slowly checked. The turn brought the {6-Hearts} and both players slowly checked again.

The river card was the {4-Hearts} 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 {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs} for an Ace high flush. Nguyen mucked his hand, stating he had the {k-Hearts}

Paul Hoefer de 880,000 380,000
Robert Nguyen 775,000 -325,000