Past Canadian Champs Find Cash in Aussie Millions Main Event
The Aussie Millions in Melbourne, Australia is always a popular destination for poker players around the world, including Canadians. Starting in January each year, the 2018 edition featured four major events: the $25,000 Challenge, the ANTON Jewellery $50,000 Challenge, the $10,600 Main Event, and the $100,000 Challenge.
The first of these tournaments saw a big blank for Canada on the score sheet. With 14 players earning a payout, nary a Canadian was among them. Ben Lamb won the $25,000 Challenge for $647,114.
However, the narrative was very different in the ANTON Jewellery $50,000 Challenge that followed. The tournament drew just four players and took less than six hours to play out. Our own Sam Greenwood took the win and $116,400.
Then the $10,600 Main Event got underway and saw a record-setting 800 entries in the 21-year-old event. The top Canadian finish came from the man who won this same tournament just two years earlier. But this time Ari Engel fell in 10th place for $120,000. The U.K.’s Toby Lewis found the win for $1,358,198.
Another previous Canadian winner of this event, Ami Barer, who took the title in 2014, was the next-best finisher from our nation. He collected $35,000 for 36th place.
The highest priced event of the series followed with the $100,000 Challenge. A field of 19 players was topped by Malaysian Michael Lim for $931,000, and Canada was not among either of the other two paying spots.
Congratulations to the Canadians who found results at this year’s Aussie Millions at Crown Casino.