Defending champion Ami Barer has been eliminated, but it wasn't without one heck of an impressive title-defense run. Last year, Barer topped a field of 668 runners to earn the AU$1.6 million top prize. This year, in a field of 648, he placed 11th for AU$95,000. The amount of skill and endurance it takes to do that is extremely high, but unfortunately for the Canadian player known as "UhhMee" online, he won't be hoisted the trophy for a second time just yet.
From the cutoff seat, Barer raised to 60,000. Alex Lynskey was next to act on the button, and he reraised to 160,000. After the blinds folded, Barer was back up. He took a few moments and then moved all in for 725,000. Lynskey quickly called and tabled the . Barer held the , and it was off to the races with Barer's tournament life hanging in the balance.
The flop was , and Lynskey's tens were still in front. The turn proved a massive, tournament-ending blow to Barer was he was now drawing dead. The river completed things worth the , and the defending champion was gone. Lynskey moved to nearly 2.2 million in chips.