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Ami Barer crowned 2014 Aussie Millions champion!

The 2014 Aussie Millions Poker Championship has been run and won with 22-year old Canadian Ami Barer defeating Sorel Mizzi to take the title and AU$1.6 million in prize money.In Barer's words, the heads-up contest was "short and sweet".After exchanging a few pots back and forth, the final hand would...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on February 9, 2014 5:22 PM

Aussie Millions Day 5: And then there were two

The clock was ticking on into the wee hours of the morning and many in media row were having nervous flashbacks to last year where play was halted at an ungodly hour, before returning the next day to finish the job.We looked our our watches and saw it approaching 3am local time with no signs of anyt...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on February 9, 2014 4:40 PM

Aussie Millions Day 5: No mashed potato for Rubianes

While our Aussie Millions Main Event final table line-up was extremely well-credentialed, American Vincent Rubianes had one stat on his poker resume that the other six players couldn't match.This was not the first time we'd seen Rubianes on the final table of an Asia Pacific Poker Tour Main Event. B...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on February 9, 2014 2:00 PM

Aussie Millions Day 5: The last of the locals

Andrew Phaedonos was carrying the weight of an entire nation on his shoulders. He was the last Australian representative on the Aussie Millions final table but now with his elimination in sixth place, the Aussie Millions Main Event title will be heading to North America for the very first time.Phaed...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on February 9, 2014 12:35 PM

Aussie Millions Day 5: Seiver severed

The first session of play on the Aussie Millions Main Event final table couldn't break the deadlock of seven players. No matter how hard they tried, the shorties just wouldn't go down without a fight. At the end of Level 27, Crown Poker Tournament Director Joel Williams sent them off to dinner to re...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on February 9, 2014 11:40 AM

Aussie Millions Day 5: Avoiding elimination

Reaching the final table of a major poker championship is a great achievement. You've slugged it out for days, you've climb pay jump after pay jump, and now you're sitting at the biggest stage in the game to compete for life changing money.In fact, just getting to the Aussie Millions final table is ...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on February 9, 2014 9:12 AM

Aussie Millions Day 5: Looking the part

So you've been playing in a $10k Main Event for the last four days and now you've made the final table. It's a big stage. The media are swarming to learn more about you. They take photos. Ask questions. Suddenly you're a big deal.You take your seat. The lights are shining bright on the feature table...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on February 9, 2014 6:40 AM

Aussie Millions Day 5: The moment has arrived

It's the day we've all been waiting for. The climax to one of the premier poker championships in the world, and undoubtedly the biggest event down under. Today we crown a new champion of poker in Australia. It's time for the Aussie Millions Main Event final table!Jake Balsiger. Darren Rabinowitz. Sc...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on February 9, 2014 5:20 AM

Aussie Millions: Final table player profiles

The 2014 Aussie Millions began with 668 players and now only seven remain. The final table begins at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, February 9th at 12:30pm. The players are guaranteed $170,000 and are fighting it out for the $1.6 million top prize. Seat 1: Jake Balsiger, 23 - T...more

by Joshua Bell on February 7, 2014 3:53 PM

Aussie Millions Day 4: Barer leads final seven, Seiver and Mizzi alive

That's it! The final table of the 2014 Aussie Millions has been reached! Seven days ago the first batch of players sat at the tables of the Crown Poker Room. Once all the entrants were counted, 668 players had ponied up the $10,600 buy-in.Now, after Day 4, only seven remain. Leading the way with 6,...more

by Joshua Bell on February 7, 2014 2:18 PM

Aussie Millions Day 4: APPT brining the fun

Most poker fans by now would be aware of some discussions throughout the poker community that suggest "poker is dying". There were lots of arguments made, but in a nut shell, it was suggested that poker is no longer fun and that poker needs better ambassadors to make sure that changes. Look, there a...more

by Joshua Bell on February 7, 2014 11:50 AM

Aussie Millions Day 4: Chip lead hyperbole

I'm guilty. As a writer in the poker media industry I am guilty of putting too much emphasis on the start-of-day chip leader. One sentence I am guilty of writing is something along the lines of "Mr. Smith has the chip lead heading into the penultimate day of play and therefore is in the best shape...more

by Joshua Bell on February 7, 2014 8:55 AM

Aussie Millions Day 4: Rail of Riches

You walk into the Crown Poker Room and slowly but surely you begin to hear the ruffling of chips, the dealers crying "all-in" and the chatter of dozens of excited railbirds. You look to your left, you think, "Ah everyone is watching the final 18 of the Aussie Millions Main Event." You join the rail...more

by Joshua Bell on February 7, 2014 6:25 AM

Aussie Millions Day 4: Beware the Team Pro Slayer

The battle of the Team PokerStars Pros. That's how it was on Table 27 at the beginning of Day 4 of the Aussie Millions Main Event. Then things changed. A hidden force unknown to the Team Pros was lurking. Before we get to that, the story begins with Jason Mercier Vs. Liv Boeree. Seated side-by-side,...more

by Joshua Bell on February 7, 2014 4:12 AM

Aussie Millions Day 4: Stars on show for penultimate day

I've just watched an important looking fellow, a TD here in the Crown Poker Room, wheel a trolley full of crisp white bags onto the tournament floor. I knew just by looking at the trolley that there are 36 bags. They were bundled in groups of six, a heavy duty rubber band signifying a union between...more

by Joshua Bell on February 7, 2014 2:16 AM
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