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2015 Aussie Millions: Richard Yong Wins The $100k Challenge; Local Wins The Main Event After Heads-Up Deal

Tags: 2015 Aussie Millions, Lennart Uphoff, Manny Stavropoulos, Ole Schemion, Richard Yong.
Posted on 02 February 2015 by "T".

Richard Yong (middle) together with a few familiar faces It has been a very thrilling weekend in the land down under. Let's get to it right away. On Saturday, after a couple of days break, the final 8 players of 70 entries returned the Exhibition Hall at Crown Melbourne to play the final table of the $100,000 Challenge event.

Ole Schemion had about 700k more than his closest opponent when the cards were in the air, and he eventually made it to heads-up against Malaysian businessman Richard Young.

Despite being one of the short stacks at the beginning of the day, Yong had 4.9 million to Schemion's 2 million when the battle began. A total of five double ups occurred between the two before the final hand in Level 23 with the blinds at 50k/100k.

Yong limped in from the button, Schemion checked, and the the dealer put out the flop 7Heart6Diamond2Heart. Schemion checked and Yong bet 150k. Schemion responded with moving all in for around 1.5 million. Yong called instantly.

Schemion turn over 9Spade8Diamond and Yong tabled JDiamond10Diamond. The turn card was the 6Club and the river was the 4Heart. Schemion was eliminated in second place for $1,350,000, and Yong received $1,870,000 for his first-place finish. This was Yong's first live tournament victory and his largest score to date. 

1 Richard Yong $1,870,000
2 Ole Schemion $1,350,000
3 Scott Seiver $1,000,000
4 Justin Bonomo $800,000
5 Jason Mo $630,000
6 Erik Seidel $500,000
7 Dani Stern $400,000
8 Alex Trevallion $310,000

On Sunday, parallel to Australia Open final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the final table of the Main Event was underway after 4 intensive days of play. WSOP bracelet winner Brian Rast was the biggest name on the final table, but he began the day as the short stack and fell in 5th place for $315k. James Rann was next to bust ($430,000) after losing an all-in pre-flop with 22 against the JJ of 20-year-old German poker player Lennart Uphoff, who was responsible for the next knockout as well (Joel Douaglin - $630,000).

Uphoff had a 2-1 lead over Australia's Manny Stavropoulos when heads-up began. Stavropoulos, a well-known cash game player at Crown Melbourne, was eventually able to overtake the chip lead, and at that point the two agreed to a deal that left AU$100k to play for along with the bracelet. It was an evenly battle at first, but eventually Stavropoulos took command over the match and eliminated his young opponent in Level 33 (100k/200k).

Uphoff limped from the button and Stavropoulos checked from the big blind. The flop came down 8DiamondADiamond9Spade. Stavropoulos checked and Uphoff bet 250k. Stavropoulos called. The dealer burned a card and dealt the turn: the 7Heart. Stavropoulos bet 650k and Uphoff made the call. The 8Heart completed the board and Stavropoulos bet 850k. Uphoff shoved his remaining stack of approx. 2 million, and Stavropoulos called with JDiamond10Spade for a jack-high straight. Uphoff showed 10Diamond6Diamond for a lower straight. 

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

* reflects a heads-up deal

source: PokerNews

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3 comments on "2015 Aussie Millions: Richard Yong Wins The $100k Challenge; Local Wins The Main Event After Heads-Up Deal"

 doubletop77702/02/2015 11:00:06 GMT
Many congratulations to Richard Yong on winning this event and taking home the nearly two million dollars first prize and congrats to Manny Stavropoulos on winning the main event
 bowie198407/02/2015 20:35:21 GMT
Oh come on Dick Yong - this nice, well mannered grandpa (looking) triad boss (assumption) from Malaysia, wearing casual streetwear - won this tourey by a high card is truly a miracle ending. I guess in Australia everything could happen if you are playin' the rainmaker. Those clothes though are still fashion police tier.
 bowie198408/02/2015 20:56:18 GMT
I just came back to compliment Mr. Yong's pijama outfit again but noticed the write-up about the Uphoff versus Stavropoulos endgame. It's funny that both game ended when somebody with J10 had the guts (nuts?) to call/go all-in. J10 has to be the muggiest broadway card ever. It just has to be. Sometimes works for me too seeing that I am the unofficial king of mugs.

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