Manny Stavropoulos Wins Aussie Millions Main Event For AU$1.38mFebruary 2, 2015 12:58 pm
Local man Manny Stavropoulos has won the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event, after overcoming a field of 648 players over five days on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the huge A$1,385,500 first place prize. Following an impressive victory which pushes his live tournament earnings to US$1,399,098, the Melbourne resident thanked his rail for their vocal support and said he was looking forward to enjoying a few beers with them later that night.
The $10,600 Main Event was held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, and attracted enough player to create a prize pool worth $5,120,101. Amongst the notable pros then seeing a return on their buy-ins was Eoghan O’Dea in 60th ($11,852), Billy Argyros in 53rd ($15,802), Mike McDonald in 30th ($23,704), Phil Ivey in 23rd ($31,605),Tony Hachem in 22nd ($31,605), and Amichai Barer in 11th ($75,063).
After the final table of seven got underway, Germany’s Lennart Uphoff (6-6) eliminated Richard Lyndaker (A-A) in 7th for $160,000, whilst a few hours later Uphoff’s A-A was good enough to see off Brian Rast (K-10) in 5th for $315,000. A further 3.5 hours would then pass before Uphoff (J-J) knocked-out James Rann (2-2) in 4th ($430,000), and after being dealt K-10 and doing likewise to Joel Douaglin (8-2) in 3rd ($630,000) on a 10-8-7-K-A board, the heads-up phase of the competition got underway between Lennart Uphoff and Manny Stavropoulos for the title.
As the final battle commenced, Stavropoulos was at a 2-1 chip disadvantage, but after evening up the score the two players agreed a deal to split the money AU$1,285,000 and AU$1,214,500 respectively, whilst still earmarking AU$100,000 for the eventual winner. That moment came after Stavropoulos (J-10) and Uphoff (10-6) both made straights on an A-9-8-7-8 board, only Uphoff’s hand was second best, whilst Stavropoulos claimed the $1,385,500 top prize, as well as a gold winner’s bracelet.
Final Table Results:
1 Manny Stavropoulos $1,385,500
2 Lennart Uphoff $1,214,500
3 Joel Douaglin $630,000
4 James Rann $430,000
5 Brian Rast $315,000
6 Anthony Legg $235,000
7 Richard Lyndaker $160,000