OLIVER SPEIDEL, 26-YEAR-OLD FROM MELBOURNE CROWNED 2012 AUSSIE MILLIONS CHAMPION
Melbourne, Australia. Sunday 29 January 2012. The new king of poker was crowned tonight, when Oliver Speidel, a 26-year-old banker from Melbourne, Victoria collected a whopping $1,600,000 in prize money after winning the Main Event of the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. Speidel was then presented with the widely-cherished and universally-revered diamond-encrusted gold ring, representing the game’s ultimate achievement, a glass trophy, a Rolex watch and all the glory for his efforts.
The triumph was both a mental and physical marathon, after Speidel overcame a field of 659 entrants from all over the globe, who participated in the tenth anniversary of the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’.
The No-Limit Holdem tournament, with a buy-in of $10,600, began on Sunday 22 January, and took seven days to complete. Speidel’s route to victory was a determined one, albeit peppered with a few unwanted detours.
He arrived at the Final Table, which began today, Sunday 29 January at 12:30pm, and the atmosphere in the ‘Studio 3’ (the official film set for the Aussie Millions, at Crown Melbourne) 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.
The final duel was played in front of a packed house of nearly 200 spectators and a worldwide audience following the action over the internet. Millions more will watch the final crescendo of the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship ‘Main Event’ later in the year, when international television programming is confirmed.
The runner up was Kenneth Wong, from Hong Kong. Despite the disappointment of defeat, he could take great pride in a noble effort that resulted in overcoming all but one of the 659 players who began
the pursuit of every poker player's greatest dream. Wong collected a supreme consolation prize of $1,000,000 in prize money.
Crown congratulates Oliver Speidel on his tremendous accomplishment after playing superb poker over a prolonged period against a record field that included virtually every single top poker professional and hundreds of talented amateurs from Australia and around the globe.