Manny Stavropoulos Bags the Aussie Millions 2015 Main Event5 years ago
Seven came back to play, now only one remains. After several hours of play at the final table, Manny Stavropoulos secured the title and the first place money to the tune of AU$1,385,500 after eliminating his last obstacle, Lennart Uphoff, in the heads up play.
Although eventually finishing the runner-up, German Uphoff started the final table strong, claiming the first bounty after cracking Richard Lyndaker’s pocket Aces. Lyndaker’s Rockets failed to hold as Uphoff flopped the set of Sixes and the US player was sent home with $160,000 to show for his efforts.
After the initial elimination, players were in no rush to leave their seats and although there was plenty of action and chips exchanged hands, eliminations did not come. The breaking point came after the entire room went dark due to a power outage. PokerStars Blog reports that after the lights came back, the action started to really pick up.
Local player, Anthony Legg, would leave in sixth place shortly after. First he lost a big coin-flip against Joel Douaglin, which left him crippled and then the same player proceeded to take the rest of his chips, sending him to the rail with bitter taste in his mouth but also with $235,000 in his pockets.
Brian Rast started the day as the official short stack, so he did well to avoid an early elimination. However, in the end he could go no further than fifth. The last of his money went in on the turn as Rast was holding a flush draw with the over-cards. Over-cards were no good, however, as he was up against Uphoff’s pocket Aces and no spade on the river meant that Rast would leave the final table adding another $315,000 to his tournament winnings.
Four players proceeded to the dinner break but two of them wouldn’t last long after the play recommenced. James Rann’s run was the first one to end as his pocket Deuces were no match for Uphoff’s pocket Jacks. His fourth place finish in Melbourne brought him $430,000.
Joel Douaglin was the last one to go before the final two could square off for the title. Once again, Uphoff played the role of an executioner. Joel will take home $630,000 for his efforts.
Chip advantage or rail advantage?
Lennart Uphoff went into the final stage of the tournament with about two-to-one chip-lead, and usually he would be a big favorite to win. However, Stavropoulos had something else working for him and, as it turned out, powerful rail was more helpful than a dominant stack.
Local favorite, Stavropoulos was receiving all the support from the crowd and it wasn’t long before he was able to turn the tables and seize the chip-lead. At that point, the two made the deal that would see Aussie lock up AU$1,285,500 while the German was guaranteed AU$1,214,500.
Stavropoulos then proceeded to turn his chip-advantage into the ultimate triumph, adding another AU$100,000 to his prize and taking home the beautiful Aussie Millions bracelet. Sweet victory for the Aussie, made even sweeter by the fact it was achieved on the home soil, in the casino where he spends a lot of time grinding on a daily basis.
We predict a lot of patting on the back in the upcoming weeks!
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