Ari Engel of Toronto, Canada, has been crowned the winner of the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event recently held at Crown Melbourne. Engel outlasted 731 players to collect a whopping $1.6 million in prize money.
Engel also received a custom made diamond-encrusted rose gold bracelet by LK Boutique valued at AUD$40,000.
The triumph was both a mental and physical marathon and after his victory he said, "nothing compares to this win, it is definitely the highlight of my poker career so far."
Alan “Ari” Engel is a former world number one ranked online player. He has won over US$2.2 million in live career earnings to date with results all over the world. His biggest score before his latest triumph came with a win in the 2014 Punta Cana Classic for US$177,000. Engel spent eight years of his youth living in Melbourne, so winning the Aussie Millions is a very special accomplishment.
The Main Event Final Table was played in front of a packed house and a worldwide audience following the Live Stream via Twitch.tv, hosted by poker professional Jason Somerville.
The runner up was the popular Tony Dunst of Las Vegas, United States, who collected a substantial prize of $1 million for his efforts. An experienced international poker player, Dunst has been a regular visitor to Melbourne and is now a commentator for the World Poker Tour.
The final seven players of Crown’s Aussie Millions Main Event were:
1st Ari Engel (Toronto, Canada) AUD$1,600,000
2nd Tony Dunst (Las Vegas, USA) AUD$1,000,000
3rd Samantha Abernathy (Las Vegas, USA) AUD$625,000
4th Alexander Lynskey (Brisbane, Australia) AUD$445,000
5th Dylan Honeyman (Perth, Australia) AUD$340,000
6th Kitty Kuo (Taipei, Taiwan) AUD$270,000
7th John Apostolidis (Melbourne, Australia) AUD$210,000
Details with thanks to Crown Melbourne.