Hit and Run: Ari Engel Wins Aussie Millions; How PokerStars Got its Name; New Ambassador at Venetian


Ari Engel wins the Aussie Millions Main Event.  How did PokerStars get its name? The Venetian Poker Room has a new ambassador, and she’s catching flak for it. And more.

Aussie Million Main Event updates

There were some big names at the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event, and is was the three biggest names that would finish one, two, three when all was said and done.

Ari Engel and Tony Dunst held the vast majority of the chips in play and used them to full effect, finishing first and second respectively. Samantha Abernathy emerged out of the trail pack to finish in 3rd place, while Kitty Kuo finishing in 6th place.

  1. Ari Engel – $1,600,000
  2. Tony Dunst – $1,000,000
  3. Samantha Abernathy – $625,000
  4. Alexander Lynskey – $445,000
  5. Dylan Honeyman – $340,000
  6. Kitty Kuo – $270,000
  7. John Apostolidis – $210,000

At the same time it was a German (surprise surprise) who took down the $100k Challenge for just over $1 million. But it wasn’t Fedor “I win every tournament” Holz (he finished in 6th place) who won the event, it was his countryman Fabian Quoss.

Meanwhile, in the $250k Challenge tournament…

… 12 of the original 15 players moved on to Monday’s Day 2. However, registration is still open.

For the latest updates from the Aussie Millions you can head over to the PokerNews live reporting page.

Quick Hitters

– The World Series of Poker hosted a Town Hall forum on Twitch last Thursday, here are the highlights from the hour long discussion.

– Sam Abernathy finished in 3rd place in the Aussie Millions, but if it wasn’t for a bit of “slowroll/angleshooting justice” she may have never made the final table.  #JusticeForSam

– Annette Obrestad is coming under fire for taking a job as an ambassador for the Venetian Poker Room, but exactly how bad was her decision? I explore that in this column.

– Steve Badger, one of the first Omaha 8 or better gurus, explains how PokerStars got its name.

– Every now and then PokerStars celebrates a certain milestone, and every now and then the milestone tends to put the popularity of online poker in a whole new perspective. And so it is with their latest milestone, their 100 millionth user. An absolutely mind-boggling number.

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