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Ami Barer First Canadian to Win Aussie Millions

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Kimberly Goshterson


Ami BarerOn Sunday, Feb. 9, Ami Barer prevailed at the AU$10,600-buyin (about US$9,560) Main Event of the Aussie Millions tournament series, winning AU$1.6 million (approximately US$1.44 million). This was his first major live tournament victory, and the 22-year-old Vancouverite became the first Canadian to win in the 16 years that the Aussie Millions has been running.

About the Aussie Millions

This year’s Aussie Millions series was held at the Crown in Melbourne, Australia. The Aussie Millions is one of the most popular annual live poker series, and it draws competent poker players from around the world. The 2014 series contained 20 events running from Jan. 23 to Feb. 10. The Main Event attracted 668 players. It began on Feb. 2, and the final table was ready to play on Feb. 9.

Final Table Action

The seven-player final table contained a couple of big names. Besides Barer, who entered the table as the chip leader, fellow Canadian Sorel Mizzi was present, having previously finished third in the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Scott Seiver was another tough competitor that Ami Barer had to get through.

Eventually, the tournament boiled down to the two Canadians, Barer and Mizzi, squaring off against each other for the championship. Barer began the heads-up match with a 2:1 chip lead, and Sorel Mizzi was unable to close the gap. After less than an hour, the final hand was dealt. Barer raised preflop, and Mizzi three-bet his remaining chips all-in. Barer made an instant call and revealed the A♥A♠. Mizzi was behind with just the Q♦8♦. The board was an irrelevant 2♣K♠2♥3♥A♦, and Sorel Mizzi was knocked out in second place, winning AU$1 million (about US$900,000).

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