Canada’s Ami Barer, Sorel Mizzi Finish 1, 2 at Aussie Millions Main Event


Ami BarerA day after Canada gained a 1, 2 gold and silver medal performance at the Sochi Olympics in the Women’s Moguls Freestyle skiing competition by sisters Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, in the opposite hemisphere,  two Canadians took home another glory, finishing 1, 2 at the Aussie Millions Main Event and banking a combined AU$2.6 million.

On Sunday, the final seven players of the 668-player Main Event returned to play down to a winner, both with healthy chip stacks. Ami first in chips with a 2 to 1 chip advantage over the next chip stack. Sorel was third in chips.

The players were deep when play resumed, so it was no surprised that it took three hours for the first elimination to occur. After nearly 12 hours, the man who emerged victorious to capture the AU$1.6-million first-place prize was Ami Barer.

Ami Barer, better known for his online play and Sorel Mizzi, a fierce competitor on the international poker circuit.

On the final hand of the match, with about a 6 to 1 chip advantage, Ami Barer opened with a raise from the button and Sorel Mizzi announced that he was all in. Barer snap-called and Mizzi, who is the only player to make the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event twice, discovered the bad news.

:Qd :8d     Barer:    :Ah :As

Mizzi crashed into Barer’s pocket rockets, but that didn’t stop his supporters from the rail from calling for diamonds by chanting “Shine bright like a diamond” but were silenced when the flop came down :2c :Ks :2h .

Mizzi was left in needed of either running queens or eights, but the :3h turn took away any chance of that happening. An :Ad was put out on the river to give Barer a full-house, and his fellow Canadian  has to settle for 2nd place and a AU$1,000,000 consolation prize.

This is Amichai’s best career live tournament performance.

2014 Aussie Millions Final Table Results



Prize (AU)


Ami Barer



Sorel Mizzi



Jake Balsiger



Darren Rabinowitz



Vincent Rubianes



Andrew Phaedonos


Congratulations Ami and Sorel and of course to our Olympians.


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