Sunday 31. January, 2016

Canadian Wins 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event

Ari Engel of Toronto, Canada, has been crowned the poker champion of the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event. The final event of the tournament which awarded Engel A$1.6 million in prize money, took place at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. Engel was also awarded a coveted Aussie Millions bracelet, a custom-made diamond-encrusted rose gold bracelet created by LK Jewellery and worth $40,000.

With a buy-in of A$10,600, the Main Event began on January 24 and ran for eight days, culminating with the final two players who went head to head on Sunday, January 31 in front of an International audience.

Seven players took part in the Main Event out of an initial 732 contestants, including two female players. A female player has reached the final round only three times in the past – Kirsty Gazes in 2007, Annette Obrestad in 2010 and Jay Tan in 2013 with these players finishing in seventh place each time. This year, Kitty Kuo from Chinese Taipei finished in sixth place, while Samantha Abernathy from Las Vegas, USA finished in third place. They won A$270,000 and A$625,000 respectively.

John Apostolidis, from Melbourne, Australia was the first to be knocked out, but took home an impressive $210,000. Next to go and finishing in sixth place was Kitty Kuo, followed by Dylan Honeyman from Perth, Australia who finished in fifth place and won $340,000. Fourth place was taken by Alexander Lynskey, another Australian from Brisbane who won $445,000. Third place went to Samantha Abernathy, leaving the final two to fight it out.

Ari Engel and Tony Dunst battled it out with Engel coming out victorious. Dunst walked away with a cool $1,000,000 for his position as runner up.

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