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Engel Outlasts Dunst, Abernathy to Win Aussie Millions Main Event
They came into the final table at the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event 1, 2, 3 in chips and that's exactly how they left. Only one of them is now $1.6m AUD richer.
That one? Canadian pro Ari Engel, who outlasted WPT host Tony Dunst heads-up over 4 hours to seal his biggest ever live score.
The veteran pro has been around the poker circuit now for a decade but the $1.6m he earned tonight in Australia now makes up a third of his career earnings.
With no deal reported at the final table Dunst still took home an impressive $1m AUD for second, also his biggest career score.
Making it a trio of career-best performances live stream sensation Sam Abernathy, who won the pot of the tournament on Day 4 against Mikel Habb, finished third for over $600k AUD.
All told Engel outlasted a field of 732 runners, the fourth-largest in Aussie Millions Main Event history.
Australians Clean Up at FT
With $3.4 AUD still left to distribute among the final table of seven there was still plenty of cash to go around for the early bustouts.
Three of those happened to be Australians in John Apostolidis, Dylan Honeyman and Alex Lynskey, who still collected $1m AUD between them.
Taiwan's Kitty Kuo grabbed the other $270k for sixth. Complete final-table results and payouts:
2016 Aussie Millions Main Event FT Results
1st: Ari Engel (Canada) - $1,600,000
2nd: Tony Dunst (USA) - $1,000,000
3rd: Samantha Abernathy (USA) - $625,000
4th: Alex Lynskey (Australia) - $445,000
5th: Dylan Honeyman (Australia) - $340,000
6th: Kitty Kuo (Taiwan) - $270,000
7th: John Apostolidis (Australia) - $210,000
Watch a full replay of the final-table with live stream commentary from Jason Somerville below:
Germany's Fabian Quoss, meanwhile, won the $100k Challenge that played out Friday night, beating Ben Tollerene heads-up. Jason Mercier was third.
The $250k Boutique Challenge has also reached its final table and is playing out on the live stream as we speak. Check the jcarver Twitch channel for full coverage.