Ami Barer Wins the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event

by | Published: Monday, February 10th, 2014

The 2014 Aussie Millions is wrapping up, but the poker tournament will not quickly be forgotten with big stories such as the five-way chop in the $25,000 Challenge that saw Max Altergott emerge victorious, or when Yevgeniy Timoshenko overcame a huge chip disadvantage to win the $10,000 Challenge.

The Main Event concluded on Sunday, when the final seven players of the initial 668-player rotation returned to play down to a winner. After a grueling 12 hours, Ami Barer emerged as the winner of the AU$1.6 million first-place prize. Runner-up Sorel Mizzi also took home an impressive AU$1 million.

It took three hours for the first elimination to occur, with all players determined to win the top share of the prize pool. Scott Seiver was the first to bust in level 28, after meeting Darren Rabinowitz’s opening of 160,000 with a three-bet all in of just over a million.

The champion of the Aussie Millions was ensured to be a North American when Aussie Andrew Phaedonos ran into Mizzi’s kings and fell in sixth place. He was soon followed by Vincent Rubianes in fifth place after running into the pocket rockets of Rabinowitz.

Despite winning the knockout, Rabinowitz was the next to go. In level 30, he opened for 240,000 but was met by Barer, who responded with a three-bet from the button.

Just minutes later, Jake Balsiger was eliminated via a bad bet. He ended in third-place, the same position he finished in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Then there was two. With a massive hand after knocking out Balsiger, Barer was set-up to win. He began the play with a three-to-one chip lead against Mizzi, and he quickly sealed the deal when Mizzi shoved into Barer’s aces.

2014 Aussie Millions Final Table Results

Place Player Prize (AU)
1st Ami Barer $1,600,000
2nd Sorel Mizzi $1,00,000
3rd Jake Balsiger $650,000
4th Darren Rabinowitz $450,000
5th Vincent Rubianes $335,000
6th Andrew Phaedonos $250,000
7th Scott Seiver $170,000


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