If you missed the biggest news of the weekend then this is the main thing you need to know: Ami Barer won the Aussie Millions for AU$1,600,000. Barer, who plays online as “UhhMee”, beat Sorel Mizzi heads-up to take the title at a tough final table, which also contained November Niner Jake Balsiger and high roller Scott Seiver.
That wasn’t the only tournament taking place in Melbourne. Yevgeniy Timoshenko beat Mike McDonald to the AU$2m first prize in the AU$100,000 Challenge, and there were plenty of other challengers to the crown, including Daniel Negreanu. Kid Poker was also at the final table of the AU$250,000 event at the time of writing with four players remaining. Negreanu is up against Team PokerStars Online’s Ike Haxton, Phil Ivey and, yet again, McDonald, who is having an incredible year.
AU$100,000 Challenge final table
1. Yevgeniy Timoshenko (Ukraine) AU$2,000,000 ($1,791,248)
2. Mike McDonald (Canada) AU$1,500,000 ($1,343,436)
3. Erik Seidel (USA) AU$1,076,000 ($963,691)
4. Doug Polk (USA) AU$860,000 ($770,237)
5. Patrik Antonius (Finland) AU$700,000 ($626,937)
6. Daniel Negreanu (Canada) AU$550,000 ($492,593)
7. David Steicke (Italy) AU$450,000 ($403,031)
8. Martin Jacobson (Sweden) AU$350,000 ($313,468)
Guilherme “VinceVegaMFR” Cheveau won the largest slice of the pie ($161,879.69) in the Sunday Million following a five-way deal. It’s another big result for Brazilian poker players. Brazil’s favourite player Team PokerStars Pro Andre “aakair” Akari also final tabled the Sunday 500 for $30,595. Read about the Sunday Million final table, where five players got paid out more than $120k each, by clicking here.
You can check out all the big online final table winners here.
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Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.