Ari Engel Wins 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship A$10,600 Main Event

The A$10,600 Main Event, one of the highlight tournaments on the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship schedule, has just been completed. Canadian Ari Engel bested its massive field to capture A$1,600,000 and a special bracelet, manufactured exclusively for this year’s Aussie Millions Main Event Champion.

Prior to his latest victory, Engel had a little less than $2.3 million in live tournament earnings and his best achievement was his first place in the 2014 Punta Cana Poker Classic $1,650 Main Event for $177,045.

This year’s edition of the Aussie Millions Main Event attracted 732 entries from around the world, thus featuring the fourth largest field in the tournament’s 19-year history. A prize pool of A$7,320,000 was created and the top 80 finishers received a payout, with the lowest one starting from A$15,000. The Main Event featured three starting flights and four more days of play. Day 5 saw the seven finalists return to play down to a winner.

The seven-handed final table started with Engel himself holding the chip lead. The player had a total of 8,155,000 in chips and was followed by Americans Tony Dunst with 5,990,000 and Samantha Abernathy with 2,485,000. Despite his significant advantage over his opponents, it was not an easy task for Engel to grab the title and the first-place prize.

The first elimination came shortly after cards were thrown in the air. On Hand #3, Australian John Apostolidis was busted in 7th place by Abernathy to take home the amount of A$210,000. Kitty Kuo from Taiwan was the next to leave. Her payout amounted to A$270,000.

Dylan Honeyman hit the rail next. The player was eliminated by Dunst on Hand #34 and collected A$340,000 for his efforts. Exactly 40 hands later, another player left the table. Australian Alexander Lynskey took 4th place in the tournament after he could not stand a chance against Engel. He was paid A$445,000. Abernathy, the other female player at the final table, was then eliminated. Her 3rd place in the prestigious tournament secured her with a payout of A$625,000.

The heads-up match between Engel and Dunst started with the latter as the chip leader. Dunst had a total of 12,355,000 against his opponent’s 9,520,000. Chips went back and forth for several hours with none of the two players gaining a significant lead over one another. It took 123 hands of play for one of the opponents to emerge victorious.

Hand #215 was the last one for the tournament. Dunst raised his [Ac][4c] to 325,000 from the button. Engel three-bet to 925,000, holding the [Js][7c]. Dunst called and the board ran out [10s][4d][2h] on the flop. Engel bet 825,000 and Dunst called. The [Jc] appeared on the turn, giving Engel the best hand. The player bet 1.7 million and his opponent called. The river came [9s] and Engel moved all in. Dunst took a while before making the call only to see that he would have to content with the runner-up finish and the amount of A$1,000,000, his best live cash so far.

With the A$10,600 Main Event being completed, all eyes are now on the Aussie Millions LK Boutique A$250,000 Challenge. Day 1 of the prestigious high roller tournament has just ended with American poker pro and 2015 GPI Player of the Year Byron Kaverman as the chip leader.

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