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 762. Schemion checked and Yong bet 150k. Schemion responded with moving all in for around 1.5 million. Yong called instantly.
Schemion turn over 98 and Yong tabled J10. The turn card was the 6 and the river was the 4. 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 8A9. Stavropoulos checked and Uphoff bet 250k. Stavropoulos called. The dealer burned a card and dealt the turn: the 7. Stavropoulos bet 650k and Uphoff made the call. The 8 completed the board and Stavropoulos bet 850k. Uphoff shoved his remaining stack of approx. 2 million, and Stavropoulos called with J10 for a jack-high straight. Uphoff showed 106 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