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Aussie Millions: Local Hero Wins Main Event

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Although much of the talk at the Aussie Millions is geared toward Ivey’s huge run at the 2012 Main Event, a native of Melbourne, the host city of the annual event, created his own buzz by winning the event and the A$1.6 million first place prize.

Oliver Speidel steamrolled his way through the competition at the final table. Once it was down to players, Speidel had an insurmountable chip lead, holding 14 million of the total 19.7 million in play and the heads-up portion only needed 20 minutes to complete. On the final hand, Ken Wong picked up and tried for the quick double up.  Unfortunately for him, Speidel held and it was strong enough to hold for the win. After the victory, Speidel made the following comment:

“Words can’t describe it. I’ve just been incredibly lucky this week. It’s almost a joke to me really how lucky I’ve been this week. It keeps amazing me and now to win it all, I don’t know. I don’t know what to say really.”

Here are the final results:

  1. Oliver Speidel – $1,600,000
  2. Ken Wong – $1,000,000
  3. Mile Krstanoski – $610,000
  4. Mohamad Kowssarie – $405,000
  5. Patrick Healy – $300,000
  6. Bjorn Li – $230,000
  7. Yann Dion – $170,000