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The Inside Shuffle – Speidel Wins Aussie Millions, Ferguson’s Money Withdrawals, Trickett European Player of the Year, and More

Oliver Speidel - Aussie Millions Champion 2012
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Today on The Inside Shuffle: Oliver Speidel wins Aussie Millions Main Event and Phil Ivey collected the Super High Roller honors. Full Tilt news – Chris “Not so much of a “Jesus” anymore” Ferguson's bank account information shows huge money flows coming from Pocket Kings, which was supposedly responsible for taking care of the players' money. Tom “durrrr” Dwan had something to say about Full Tilt Poker in the recent interview with and the European Poker Awards honored the best players of 2011 including Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Pius Heinz, and Sam Trickett. Keep reading for all the fresh poker news.

New Evidence Removes Chris Ferguson from Jesushood

After a rather long silence, the Full Tilt Poker issue is once again out in the open – this time it's about one of the major shareholders and representatives of the company, Chris Ferguson. The poker star who left the tournament poker world almost a year ago is now more concerned with getting back the money he lost last April after the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) seized a number of bank accounts associated with Full Tilt Poker. Although the initial complaint by the US legal authorities claimed that Ferguson, along with his partners, has illegally appropriated millions of Full Tilt players' dollars, the defendants still tried to get back their money.

However, according to Subject: Poker's investigation, Ferguson has actually had control over a number of Full Tilt's Irish parent company's Pocket Kings bank accounts through which he had transferred funds to his personal bank account. Ferguson has transferred a total of $60 million of Full Tilt Poker's money into Pocket Kings' accounts and then to his personal accounts. At least $45 million of that money was successfully withdrawn and spent by Ferguson and his acquaintances.

More news came in last week when the four Full Tilt Poker shareholders, Ferguson, Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, and Rafe Furst, along with the Black Friday payment processor Chad Elie, were granted another extension in order to respond to the amended civil complaint. This was the third time that attorney Preet Bahara allowed them to postpone the issue of the response. The indictees now have until March 19th, 2012, to respond. Read the report on Subject: Poker.

Speidel and Ivey Victorious at the Aussie Millions

The biggest poker event in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2012 Aussie Millions, wrapped up just yesterday and these are the final results: Oliver Speidel came out victorious in the Main Event with a AUD $1.6 million cash prize and Phil Ivey, who just missed the Main Event final table redeemed himself by winning the $250K Super High Roller snapping an even bigger cash out of AUD $2 million.

A local hero, Oliver Speidel came into the seven-handed final table second in chips, but soon started building his stack up and ended up owning over half of the table's chips. He eliminated the majority of his opponents at the final table and when heads-up play took off, Speidel held a significantly larger chip stack than Kenneth Wong. Although a few of the first hands went Wong's way, the game ended pretty fast. Wong went all-in pre-flop with a pair of nines and was called by Speidel with the rockets. The board was no help for Wong and Speidel ended up celebrating his title by literally rubbing himself with the AUD $1.6 million cash prize.

These are the final 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event standings:

PlacePlayerPrize (AUD)
1stOliver Speidel$1,600,000
2ndKenneth Wong$1,000,000
3rdMile Krstanoski$610,000
4thMohamad Kowssarie$405,000
5thPatrick Healy$300,000
6thBjorn Li$230,000
7thYann Dion$170,000

Explore for more 2012 Aussie Millions coverage.

Just before the start of the Main Event, the $250,000 Super High Roller announced its own winner. Early Sunday morning saw Phil Ivey go home with AUD $2 million in his pockets. Ivey, who busted out in 12th place in the Main Event collecting AUD $100,000 bounced back to beat the tiny field of 16 players and take home the crown of the Super High Roller Champion.

Although small, Ivey's competition featured some of today’s biggest poker stars including: Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett, John Juanda and Tom Dwan. However, despite the fact that he just came back to the tournament poker circuit after a long absence, Ivey managed to outplay the star-packed field and scored the biggest cashout in his career.

Ivey's been missing in live tournament action for quite a while as he boycotted the 2011 World Series as a protest to Full Tilt Poker not paying their players and had just came back to the tables at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Although he didn't score at the PCA, Ivey's next performance marked the big comeback. First he came very close to making it to the Aussie Millions Main Event final table and then got paid AUD $2 million at the Super High Roller

The final payouts:

PlacePlayerPrize (AUD)
1Phil Ivey$2,000,000
2Patrik Antonius$1,200,000
3Gus Hansen$800,000

Read the 2012 Aussie Millions $25,000 Super High Roller report.

Europe's Best

Last Thursday, January 26th, the 11th Annual European Poker Awards rocked the Aviation Club de France in Paris. The best of the best were rewarded for their achievements at the poker tables during the year 2011. UK's Sam Trickett was named the Poker Player of the Year while Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier from France collected the Poker Personality of the Year honors.

German Pius Heinz was rewarded for the Best Tournament Performance and Andrey Pateychuk from Russia received the Rookie of the Year award. Other players to receive prestigious awards were:

  • Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies for Online Player of the Year
  • Natalia Nikitina for Europe's Leading Lady
  • Warren Lush for Staff Person of the Year
  • WSOP Cannes for Event of the Year
  • Poker commentator Jesse May received the Lifetime Achievement Award

For more on the 11th European Poker Awards read: European Poker Awards - Sam Trickett and Bertrand Grospellier Among Winners.

Tom Dwan: “Full Tilt situation makes me sick”

Although Tom “durrrr” Dwan has not been on his best run in the past couple of months, he still hopes to catch up in 2012. PokerNews reporter Remko Rinkema managed to talk to Dwan during the Aussie Millions Main Event about his thoughts on the whole Full Tilt Poker situation, the US online poker ban, the prospects of it being legalized in 2012, his carelessness when it comes to phones, and why his Twitter was silent for so long.

When asked about his goals for the year, Dwan said he would really love it for the whole Full Tilt mess to get cleaned up. “I’d like that little thing we talked about [the situation with Full Tilt Poker] to be worked out, and then I’d like to go win all the money [online], that’d be a good combination. I’ve needed a bit of time off for like the last eight or nine months.”

Find Dwan’s interview on PokerNews.

Black Friday Refugees Discover Mexico

Since Black Friday hit the American online poker market, some grinders took it really hard. Not just because they were deprived of their pastime, they were also cut off from their main source of income. PokerStars Blog took time to talk to two Black Friday refugees – Nicholas “Rounder63” Carrillo and Sean “wcsquad3” Pramuk. Both players have relocated south of the US border in order to continue playing poker online and making a living at it.

Recently Carrillo and Pramuk scored big cashouts in the inaugural Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP). Parmuk won $85,000 in Event #25 and Carillo won $30,000 in Event #30. Now both of them claim that moving to Mexico was a smart thing to do.

“Due to Black Friday, I have been unemployed for the last few months and just recently had to relocate to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with friends,” Pramuk said. “I just try and get better all the time. Being down here in Mexico with all these great poker minds definitely helps with that.”

Find out more by visiting the PokerStars Blog.

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“This is the latest of our joint venture agreements. PokerNews is looking for new opportunities and new ventures all the time,” said PokerNews founder Antanas “TonyG” Guoga.

Due to the special partnership between and our players will also be able to take advantage of all the special offers and promotions in the near future. Read more on

Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship's Just a Month Away

The Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship will take place at the Peppermill Casino in Reno from March 9th to 11th. The event will feature three tournaments including the $225 Main Event. The final table of the two-day tournament will be streamed live. The Championship will also host a complementary seminar by Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher. A number of satellites rewarding seats to the Main Event as well as the other tournaments will also be available. Find more information here.

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