Ari Engel Crowned 2016 Aussie Millions Champion

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.

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