Oliver Speidel Wins 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event for $1.6 Million

Posted at 03:50 2012-01-30

It was quite the weekend at the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship as Phil Ivey took first place in the $250,000 Challenge, which lasted into the early morning hours of Sunday. Then, later in the day, a new Aussie Millions champion was crowned in the Main Event. Who captured the most prestigious title in the Southern Hemisphere? You’ll have to read on to find out.

Here’s a look at the action from Day 18 of the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship:

Event #8: $10,000 Main Event Final Table

It was one of the quickest major final tables in recent memory as the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event came to an end after only seven hours of play. For the second year in a row, it was a Melbourne local who ended up in the winner's circle as Oliver Speidel bested a field of 659 players to claim the trophy, the glory, and the $1,600,000 first place prize.

The final table saw just seven players return with a chance at taking down the title, but it was the Speidel show nearly from the very first hand. The first player eliminated was Yann Dion, whose demise came when he got his stack in preflop holding {7-Spades}{7-Hearts} against Speidel’s {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}.

The next to go was Bjorn Li as he lost a flip with {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} against Mohamad Kowssarie's pocket threes. At this stage, Speidel was easily the most active player at the table and that continued until he knocked out Patrick Healy in 5th place. Healy tried to get tricky with {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds} on a {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop and ran into Speidel’s {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. No help came on the turn and river and Healy was sent out the door.

Speidel had a commanding lead over the table with four players remaining, holding more than half the chips in play. Kowssarie didn't shy away from playing pots with the chip leader and that proved to be his downfall as he ran his short stack into Speidel’s {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}. Kowssarie held {a-Spades}{2-Hearts} and was eliminated in 4th place after the board provided no help.

Mike Krstanoski
 was the short stack with three players remaining and his elimination would also come at the hands of the eventual champion. In that hand, Speidel shoved his monster stack all in from the small blind holding {9-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Krstanoski made the call from the big blind holding {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. The {a-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} flop shot Speidel into the lead, and after the turn and river bricked, Krstanoski exited in 3rd place with a $610,000 payday.

Speidel held a commanding chip lead going into heads-up play and it looked like it was going to be very tough for Kenneth Wong to come from behind. The first few hands of the heads-up battle went Wong’s way before the play slowed down for a couple of hands. Then, it ended in a flash as Speidel six-bet preflop to put Wong all in and Wong called off his remaining chips with {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}. Speidel slammed his {a-Spades}{a-Clubs} down on the felt to set up a huge climactic ending. No help came for Wong on the last board of the night and the Aussie Millions Main Event had come to a close with Oliver Speidel as the new champion.

The atmosphere in the room was electric and it only got better when Speidel jumped on the table, laid on his back, picked up bundles of his newly won cash and rubbed it all over his body. There aren’t many chances in life to have $1.6 million in your hands; maybe if we got the chance, we would have done exactly the same. Either way, it was one of the most entertaining celebrations we have ever witnessed.

It was a long journey, but we would like to congratulate Oliver Speidel on his fantastic achievement. If there was a player of the series award at the Aussie Millions, Speidel would win it in a landslide. An unbelievable two week run saw Speidel finish 2nd in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout event and then 6th in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty event. Now, he can add the Main Event title to that record. We're pretty confident that the poker world will not forget the name Oliver Speidel any time soon.

$10,600 Aussie Millions Main Event Final Table Payouts


PlacePlayerPrize (AUD)
1stOliver Speidel$1,600,000
2ndKenneth Wong$1,000,000
3rdMile Krstanoski$610,000
4thMohamad Kowssarie$405,000
5thPatrick Healy$300,000
6thBjorn Li$230,000
7thYann Dion$170,000


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