Aussie Millions: Day 19 - 2nd February 2015
2015 Aussie Millions Main Event has crowned a new
champion with local hero Manny Stavropoulos claiming
the most prestigious poker prize in the Asia-Pacific
Stavropoulos overcame a field of 648 and a gruelling
final table to win a top prize of $1,385,000 after
he and heads-up opponent, Lennert Uphoff, agreed to
final seven players were led into the final table
by British player James Rann with two Australians
still in contention to keep the trophy on home soil.
would take some time to lose the first player from
the final table, with the short stacks doubling up
early as Lennert Uphoff rose up into the chip lead.
Uphoff had a little luck go his way when his pocket
sixes spiked a set to crack the pocket aces of Richard
Lyndaker to break the deadlock and eliminate the American
pro in seventh place.
New Caledonian Joel Douaglin won a crucial coin flip
against Anthony Legg to stay alive, leaving Legg the
one under pressure. The young Aussie couldn't wait
long to make a move, and when his Kc-9h failed to
better Douaglin's Ac-Jh, when a couple of jacks and
four clubs fell on board, Legg would have to be content
with sixth place.
WSOP bracelet winner Brian Rast was the short stack
and next to fall when his flush draw failed to connect
against Lennart Uphoff's pocket aces, and he was followed
to the rail by overnight chip leader James Rann. Uphoff
continued to find cards at the right time, and when
Rann shoved with pocket deuces, Uphoff woke up with
pocket jacks to hold a big lead entering three-handed
The wild ride of Douaglin came unstuck in third place
when he overcommitted in a battle of the blinds with
8h-2d for middle pair on a 7c-Th-8d flop as Uphoff
made the call with Ks-Ts for top pair. A king on the
turn gave Uphoff two pair and when the river bricked
we were heads-up for the title.
was a two-to-one chip lead for Lennert Uphoff against
the local hope in Manny Stavropoulos who had managed
to stay out of trouble to reach the final contest.
Stavropoulos chipped away at the deficit and was able
to take over the chip lead before the two struck a
deal, leaving $100,000 in the middle to play for.
chips continued to swing back and forth before Stavropoulos
made a key call with third pair to the board to pick
off Uphoff's busted flush draw and gain control before
the final hand was dealt.
pot was relatively modest on the board of 8d-Ad-9s-7h-8h
until the river where Stavropoulos made a bet of 850,000
before Uphoff declared himself all in. Stavropoulos
called and tabled Jd-Ts for the jack-high straight
in what turned out to be a bit of a cooler against
Uphoff's Td-6d for the ten-high straight.
that the local crowd roared in delight as Manny Stavropoulos
was crowned the 2015 Aussie Millions champion! Congratulations
Aussie Millions Main Event Final Table Results
1st Manny Stavropoulos (Australia) - $1,385,000*
2nd Lennert Uphoff (Germany) - $1,214,500*
3rd Joel Douaglin (New Caledonia) - $630,000
4th James Rann (United Kingdom) - $430,000
5th Brian Rast (United States) - $315,000
6th Anthony Legg (Australia) - $235,000
7th Richard Lyndaker (United States) - $160,000
* denotes heads-up deal
Arguably, the most eagerly-anticipated event of the
2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship also got under
way on Sunday, and it was also the largest buy-in
event of the series - the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge.
of the world's best players were here and the rail
was three-deep in the Crown Poker Room throughout
the day to catch a glimpse of their poker heroes.
a quarter million dollar buy-in spins most of our
minds, it didn't stop some players from reaching deep
for a re-entry if things didn't go to plan. In fact,
Scott Seiver rebought not once, but twice to inject
a jaw-dropping $750,000 into the prize pool.
enabled Seiver to work his way to the fourth largest
stack when bags were tagged after nine levels of play
with just ten players remaining. Jason Mo and Doug
Polk are placed above him, but the player with the
heaviest bag is none other than the great Phil Ivey.
record in this event is staggering. He's won it twice
before, and now with the chip lead entering the final
day of play, he's in good shape to make it LK Boutique
$250,000 Challenge title number three.
Boutique $250,000 Challenge - Day 1 Chip Counts
Phil Ivey - 958,000
Doug Polk - 863,000
Jason Mo - 784,000
Scott Seiver - 632,000
Igor Kurganov - 549,000
Mike McDonald - 519,000
Richard Yong - 458,000
Dan Smith - 453,000
Erik Seidel - 381,000
Ole Schemion - 157,000
will remain open until the start of Day 2 on Monday,
so there is likely to be a couple of late registrations
and/or re-entries to add to the total field of 23
entrants. The prize pool information will be released
after registration closes.
Asia Pacific will once again be providing live updates
of the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge throughout the
day until a champion is crowned.
#19 of the series was the $5,000 No Limit Holdem Six-Max
Event with a super-tough field of 87 entrants reduced
to 23 for the start of Day 2.
likes of Liv Boeree, Jarred Graham, Yvgeniy Timoshenko
and Jason Pritchard would all fall short of the money
before WSOP APAC bracelet winner Rory Young was the
unlucky bubble boy in eighth place as the final table
final table was also of exceptional quality featuring
UK sensation Simon Deadman, two-time Aussie Millions
gold ring winner Mustapha Kanit and the defending
champion in this very event, Jack Salter.
would reach the heads-up stage against ACOP High Rollers
winner Senh Ung but would fall narrowly short in his
title defence. Ung was a powerhouse throughout the
final table, and especially heads-up, before a coin
flip went his way to seal an impressive victory.
No Limit Holdem 6-Max Final Table Results
1st Senh Ung - $135,000
2nd Jack Salter - $85,850
3rd Simon Deadman - $57,250
4th Huidong Gu - $45,000
5th Mustapha Kanit - $32,700
6th Bjorn Li - $28,500
7th Calvin Ho - $24,600
Two other events reached their final tables on Sunday
field of 107 players took their seats in the $1,150
No Limit Holdem Hall of Fame Event, including one
member of the Australian Poker Hall of Fame who won
a sit and go amongst the HOF members to earn a free
ride to the final table. That player was Graeme "Kiwi
G" Putt who will take an average chip stack straight
through to the final table.
The final ten players will return at 1:00pm on Monday
to play for the final gold ring of the series and
a top prize of $32,000.
$1,500 Deep Freeze Event also reached a final table.
This three-day event attracted a field of 343 players
who enjoyed the deep stacks and quality structure
on offer. 88 players progressed to Day 2 before playing
towards a final table by the end of Sunday evening.
The final table players will return at 12:30pm on
Monday to compete for the top prize of $112,600.
final day of the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
It's been an incredible journey but the 2015 Aussie
Millions Poker Championship is drawing to a close
with the final day of the series on Monday.
series will wrap up with three huge final tables.
In the main poker room we'll see the conclusion of
the $1,500 NLHE Deep Freeze Event as well as the $1,150
No Limit Holdem Hall of Fame Event, while the atmosphere
in the TV studio will be electric when the best players
in the world come together to play it out in the LK
Boutique $250,000 Challenge.
have live updates of all three events for you right
here on Poker Asia Pacific.
February 2nd 2015
12:30pm: $1,500 No Limit Holdem Deep Freeze Event
- Final Table
1:00pm: $1,150 No Limit Holdem Hall of Fame Event
- Final Table
2:30pm: LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge - Final Day