Posts Tagged ‘2012 World Series of Poker Main Event’

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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Triple Threat Battle for 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event

by | Published: Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

There are only three players left in the running for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event World Championship after the first day of the final table was completed at the Penn and Teller Theatre yesterday.

Either chip leader Jesse Sylvia, the in-form Greg Merson or young gun Jake Balsiger will be crowned Poker World Champion tomorrow.

Merson, who will win the 2012 World Series of Poker player of the year award if he can win the gold bracelet, is the current chip leader with 88.35 million followed by Sylvia with 62.75 million and Balsiger with 46.75 million.

The final three were all responsible for eliminations yesterday.

World Series of Poker bracelet winner Steven Gee was the first player to go, holding pocket eights, when he called an all-in bet from Russell Thomas who showed down a pair of Jacks.

Sylvia and Merson then got in on the action eliminating Robert Salaburu and Michael Esposito in quick succession.

Merson took the chip lead when his Ace-King completely crushed the Ace-Queen of Andras Koroknai who was eliminated in sixth position, ending his hopes of becoming the first Hungarian World Series of Poker Main Event winner.

Jeremy Ausmus had been very quiet throughout the final table and was finally eliminated by Sylvia in fifth place but the family-man was clearly delighted to have taken home $2,155,313.

Balsiger had skillfully maneuvered his short stack into fourth position but he wasn’t planning on stop there.

The twenty-one year-old moved all-in with Ace-King and was surprisingly called by Russell Thomas who was dominated with Ace-Nine.

The board was no help to Thomas and the semi-professional poker player was eliminated in fourth position, taking home $2,851,537.

All three players have the chance to make history when the final table resumes.

Sylvia is aiming to become the first player to convert the chip lead into a Main Event victory since Jonathan Duhamel, Merson can become the 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year and complete an incredible 2012 while Balsiger can become the youngest World Champion in World Series of Poker history.

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Eric Drache and Brian Robets 2012 Poker Hall of Fame Inductees

by | Published: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Eric Drache and Brian ‘Sailor’ Roberts have been announced as the 43rd and 44th inductees to the Poker Hall of Fame.

Twelve nominees were nominated by the public and the two inductees were voted in by a thirty-six person panel that was made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and members of the poker media.

The induction of Drache is extremely fitting as he was one of the people who originally came up with the idea to create a Poker Hall of Fame.

Drache is also considered the brainchild of satellite events that are considered one of the reasons for the poker boom; with World Series of Poker Main Event Champions like Chris Moneymaker qualifying for the event through smaller satellites.

Drache was extremely humbled and thankful to have been selected over such a strong group of nominees.

“I’m not only surprised and honored to have been selected, I’m also a bit embarrassed considering the other nominees,” Drache said.

“When Jack Binion and myself worked on creating the Hall of Fame, I never considered myself a potential candidate.  I’m particularly happy for the family of Sailor Roberts.  Sailor by everyone’s account, including my own personal observations, was a great player and played many games very well.”

Sailor Roberts passed away in 1995 but left his mark on the poker landscape as part of the Texas Road Gamblers with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim.

The trio were well ahead of their time and together are considered the grandfathers of poker.

Current Hall of Fame Crandell Addington accepted on behalf of Roberts and was delighted that his friend would finally join him in the exclusive group.

“In a time fifty years ago when poker players relied on luck, Sailor was developing sophisticated strategies that would enable him to make his own luck,” Addington said.

“At a time in which professional poker players were viewed as outlaws and poker was illegal, he formed a partnership with Doyle and Slim and they traveled across the country from poker game to poker game.

“They deployed advanced strategies unknown at the time that featured playing their opponents hands on many occasions rather than their own hands. More often than not, they got the money.”

Drache and Roberts will be inducted officially on October 30th in a special ceremony prior to the final table of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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October 9 Spotlight: Andras Koroknai

by | Published: Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Andras Koroknai will be the only non-American at the final table for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

The Hungarian will fly the flag for all European poker players and is sure to receive loud and boisterous support from his fellow Hungarians, who supported him all the way through the main event.

“It was an amazing experience and feeling. I was really thankful that they were there. Hungarians are the best fans and supporters,” Koroknai said.

Koroknai gave his supporters a great deal to cheer about, eliminating both the 11th and 10th place finishers in the tournament.

However, he was an unpopular figure for some as he crushed the hopes of Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann, who were both aiming to become the first female poker players to make the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

But Koroknai had no sympathy for either player.

“When I sit down at the table, I don’t care if it’s a male or female player, everybody is equal and everybody wants to win. Everybody is each other’s opponents. There is no friendship at the poker table,” the Hungarian said.

Koroknai considers himself extremely lucky, not just to be a member of the October 9, but to be alive at all.

He was badly injured in a moped action in Greece and only avoided falling down a cliff thanks to a well-placed street sign.

But it was this accident that led Koroknai to a professional poker career.

“I was injured and it affected my soul and body and I was really depressed with life and needed to find something else to do,” Koroknai said.

“For the first part of my first year playing poker, I did not win any tournaments, and after that I started to win smaller tournaments.”

Koroknai is planning to spend his time before the final table playing poker throughout Europe and working on his English.

He currently has the second highest chip stack, behind Jesse Sylvia, and is priced at $5.25 to win the event.

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