2014 has been no slouch so far when it comes to Canadian players making poker headlines around the globe, but this time we look to about as far from home as one can get at the Aussie Millions. Saturday night here, or Sunday afternoon “down under”, will see Vancouver’s online legend Ami “UhhMee” Barer begin the 7 handed final table as a massive chip leader with nearly double the stack of his next closest opponent. He’s guaranteed at least 170,000 AUD, (nearly par at about .99 on our dollar), but there is $1,600,000 slated to be going to the eventual title holder.
Amichai has been on some what of a heater since late December, with 3 deep runs on the EPT circuit totaling about $275,000, accounting for better than half of his live MTT career winnings coming in, however his online MTT track record is more than 10-fold this total, ringing in no less than $5.8 million to date! Barer knows how to win poker tournaments and he’s hungry to add a huge Main Event title here.
Not far behind Barer sits a powerhouse player needing little to no introduction as Canada’s top live poker tournament money earner in 2013 – Sorel Mizzi. He’ll start the day in 3rd and look to further close the ever decreasing gap on the Canadian All Time Tournament money list that sits between and Jonathan Duhamel.
It’s a pretty exclusive club to be in and 2 more of Canada’s current top 5 are also adding huge numbers to their tallies via the Aussie Millions; both Daniel Negreanu and Mike “Timex” McDonald made some serious bank in the $100,000 Challenge. Of course, much of the talk of the town has centered around the 5 “bullets” Negreanu fired before collecting his 6th place money of $550,000 AUD, but $50,000 in the black is still a sweet pay-cheque at the end of the day. Kudos to him for believing he’ll get it done then following up by making a $25k per day played profit.
Finally, we have the biggest result that has unfolded so far for our players – just a month after making more than a million at the 2014 PCA, Mike McDonald has made an even bigger score, $1,500,000 AUD virtually tying the largest previous cash of his career.
While he’ll have to wait for another day to catch Sorel’s total, as both are clearly on top of their game, we’re pretty sure that’s not going to mean much to McDonald…counting his own millions should keep him both plenty busy and content.
Huge congratulations are in order yet once again and be sure to check back soon for the final results of the $10,000 Main Event and good luck to our players!