Malaysian Christopher Soyza made it back-to-back Aussie Millions $1,150 Accumulator titles on Sunday, dominating the final table on the way to winning the 2016 Aussie Millions Event #8: $1,150 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator.
Soyza ultimately defeated a field of 656 players over three days, defending the title he won in 2015, capturing the event's $147,930 first-place prize and the LK Boutique Aussie Millions chamionship ring that comes with it.
The final table began just after 1 p.m. Sunday with Soyza holding a slim lead over former WSOP November Niner Jacob Balsiger. Senthil Kumar Subramaniam ran a weak ace into Soyza's strong one to bust tenth on the first hand and allow Soyza to create some space at the top.
He maintained the lead sending Don Mishra home ninth, but Dyan Garland snatched it away, sending last woman standing Jessica Dawley out eighth. Kevin Andriamahefa said goodbye seventh and Ronnie Bardah allowed Garland to increase his lead, when he shoved short and missed to bow out sixth.
Jason Brown cooled off Garland and moved into the lead himself, making a bigger straight than Garland's, but when Brown got it in with big slick against Soyza's queens and the pair held, Goyza took a commanding lead he would not relinquish.
Goyza then eliminated Park Yu Cheung, Brown, and Balsiger in quick succession, getting it in with the best of it every time.
He started heads-up play with Garland holding an almost 5:1 chip lead and made quick work of the Aussie to capture his second Aussie Millions title, in back-to-back Accumulator events at that.
Back down to less than 1 million in chips, Dylan Garland defended his big blind against a min-raise to 100,000 by Christopher Soyza. The flop came and Garland check-raised all in for what looked like 750,000 chips. Soyza, who had bet 100,000, called quickly and they tabled the cards:
Garland: for middle pair
Soyza: for top pair
Both the turn and the river blanked and Garland was eliminated in 2nd place for A$92,460. Soyza not only won this event in 2016, but the defending champion secured a back-to-back triumph in Melbourne!
In the new level, Jacob Balsiger three-bet shoved twice without getting called. Dylan Garland folded both times after having raised and then Balsiger open-jammed the small blind. Christopher Soyza peeked at his cards and then immediately called without even asking for a count.
"Good luck guys," Balsiger said and had already grabbed his belongings. The flop changed nothing much, but two more spades would give the American a flush. It was a start to see the appear on the turn, however the bricked and that sent Balsiger to the rail in 3rd place for A$57,160.
From the button, Jacob Balsiger open-shoved for 12 big blinds and Kevin Andriamahefa made the call from the small blind, Park Yu Cheung folded his big blind.
In the battle of US boys, Andriamahefa was the one at risk and had to dodge kings or plenty of threes in the community cards. However, the flop provided both. Once the turn and river completed the board, he was sent to the rail in 7th place for a payday of A$19,165.