Ari Engel emerged victorious at the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event, beating a strong field of 732 players for a top prize of AUS$1.6 million (US$1,120,110).
Engel played solid poker to register the biggest score of his professional career. Thanks to his latest triumph, the Canadian's tournament earnings were stretched to $3,369,505. The event, conducted at Melbourne's Crown Casino, consisted of a prize pool worth AUS$ 7.32 million (US$5,124,507).
Some of the big names the managed to earn a return on their investment were Liv Boeree (80th), Joe Hachem (79th), Max Silver (72nd), Tony Hachem (65th), Mustapha Kanit (59th), Philipp Gruissem (51st), and Stephen Chidwick.
Seven players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations Tony Dunst and Ari Engel had to battle it out for the title. Engel had a 12.35m to 9.52m chip advantage over Tony Dunst into heads-up. It took 123 hands and four hours of poker, before the deciding hand before the main event concluded.
The final had was played when Engel (J-7) moved all-in on a 10-4-2-J-9 board. Dunst (A-4) made the call that condemned him to a second place finish for AUS$1 million, while the former was declared champion.
Final Table Results:
1 Ari Engel (Can) $1,600,000
2 Tony Dunst (USA) $1,000,000
3 Samantha Abernathy (USA) $625,000
4 Alexander Lynskey (Aus) $445,000
5 Dylan Honeyman (Aus) $340,000
6 Kitty Kuo (Taipei) $270,000
7 John Apostolidis (Aus) $210,000
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