Li Leads 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event; Speidel Not Far Behind

Posted at 21:50 2012-01-28

The 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event has only one day left and that's the final table day where a winner will be crowned. The original starting field of 659 runners has been whittled all the way down to just seven and leading the way is Bjorn Li with 4.775 million in chips.

Coming into Day 5, the two big stories rested with Phil Ivey and Lee Nelson, the 2006 Aussie Millions Main Event champion. All wishes of a final table that included the both of them would not come true as Ivey fell in 12th place and Nelson in ninth.

Ivey was the first player eliminated on the day after entering Day 5 as the shortest stack. He got involved in a raising war with Yann Dion before calling off all of his chips dominated. Ivey held the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} and Dion the {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. After a board of {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{9-Spades} ran out, Ivey was left with a payday of A$100,000 and shot upstairs to Studio 3 to hop in the $250,000 Challenge that was to start a couple hours later.

Nelson lasted a little longer than Ivey did before bowing out in ninth place for A$125,000. On Nelson's final hand of the tournament, he was all in with the {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts} versus the {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} for Oliver Speidel. The eights held for Speidel after the board ran out {6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Hearts}{7-Hearts} and Nelson headed out the door.

After a redraw to one table of eight — the unofficial final table — it was Daniel Idema who was eliminated just one spot short of Day 6. Idema was by far the most decorated player in the final eight, but he fell just one spot short after his {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} ran into Li's {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. For his finish, Idema earned A$125,000.

Final Table Seating Assignments

SeatNameChip Count
1Mile Krstanoski2,295,000
2Yann Dion2,325,000
3Patrick Healy2,995,000
4Bjorn Li4,775,000
5Kenneth Wong2,330,000
6Oliver Speidel3,415,000
7Mohamad Kowssarie1,750,000

The final table is set to commence at 12:30 PM local time down in Melbourne, Australia. Things will be taking place upstairs in Studio 3 and not in the poker room at the beautiful Crown Casino. If you're in the area, feel free to come on down and catch some of the action. The final table will be filmed for television and the atmosphere is always an extremely exciting one.

After the players bagged and tagged for the night, Mile Krstanoski told us that he's going to, "Ship the lot!" That means he's fired up for the final table and you should be as well.

Words by Donnie Peters


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