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Event #11: $10,600 Main Event

Who'll Win the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event?

Ari Engel in pole position

After a grueling battle to get down from 40 players to a final table of 7 on Day 4, today is the day the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event champion will be crowned. All 7 players had a day of rest and are guaranteed AU$210,000. But each and every one of them is eyeing that AU$1,600,000 first place prize.

Well rounded grinder Ari Engel is in best position, starting out in pole position with a staggering 8,155,000 (136 big blinds). Engel's biggest cash to date is $177,045 for winning the Punta Cana Poker Classic 2014so things must go real sour today - a Philip Hilm kind of level sour - for him to not break that personal record today.

Engel has steep competition, all just as hungry for the title. WPT host Tony Dunst is the biggest of Engel's rivals, bringing 100 big blinds to the final table this afternoon. It's already somewhat of a fairy tale for Dunst as he had given up on playing when he lost one of the two $5,000 chips that he was going to buy in with. Angered with himself and plenty flustered, the American World Poker Tour host was ready to up and leave Melbourne altogether, but friends talked him back into playing, and now he has reached the final stage in an epic turnaround of fortune.

The Aussie Millions Main Event final table is also headlines by two female players making their appearance. Kitty Kuo has kept her unbelievable streak of deep runs alive and is sure to cross the million dollar live earnings mark here today. Things really have to go her side today for her to win, as she starts out with just 17 big blinds. Samantha Abernathy is in better position with 41 big blinds, and she's sure to triple her live earnings here today.

Australian day 2 chip leader Dylan Honeyman starts out as the shortest stack in the field with just 885,000, good for 15 big blinds at the start of the day.

The Main Event final table starts at 12:30 local time (30 minutes from now). The live stream and our coverage with hole cards up, starts on half an hour delay.

SeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Dylan HoneymanAustralia885,00015
2Alexander LynskeyAustralia2,390,00040
3Tony DunstUnited States5,990,000100
4Samantha AbernathyUnited States2,485,00041
5Ari EngelCanada8,155,000136
6Kitty KuoTaiwan1,005,00017
7John ApostolidisAustralia960,00016
YearPlayersBuy-InVariantChampionCountryPrize (AU$)Prize (USD)
2015648AU$10,000NLHManny StavropoulosAustraliaAU$1,385,500$1,094,737
2014668AU$10,000NLHAmi BarerCanadaAU$1,600,000$1,399,739
2013629AU$10,000NLHMervin ChanMalaysiaAU$1,600,000$1,689,118
2012659AU$10,000NLHOliver SpeidelAustraliaAU$1,600,000$1,647,158
2011721AU$10,000NLHDavid GorrAustraliaAU$2,000,000$1,978,044
2010746AU$10,000NLHTyron KrostAustraliaAU$2,000,000$1,845,921
2009681AU$10,000NLHStewart ScottAustraliaAU$2,000,000$1,420,737
2008780AU$10,000NLHAlexander KostritsynRussiaAU$1,650,000$1,450,396
2007747AU$10,000NLHGus HansenDenmarkAU$1,500,000$1,192,919
2006418AU$10,000NLHLee NelsonNew ZealandAU$1,295,800$949,694
2005263AU$10,000NLHJamil DiaNew ZealandAU$1,000,000$777,442
2004133AU$10,000NLHTony BloomUnited KingdomAU$426,500$323,456
2003122AU$10,000NLHPeter CostaUnited KingdomAU$394,870$221,862
200266AU$5,000NLHJohn MaverAustraliaAU$150,000$78,030
2001101AU$1,500NLHSam KormanAustraliaAU$53,025$28,368
2000109AU$1,500NLHLeo BoxellAustraliaAU$65,225$38,483
1999109AU$1,000PLHMilo NadalinAustraliaAU$38,150$24,801
199874AU$1,000LHAlex HorowitzAustraliaAU$25,900$15,693

The player profiles underneath are courtesy of the PokerStars Blog:

Player Chips Progress
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 8,155,000
Tony Dunst us
Tony Dunst
us 5,990,000
Samantha Abernathy us
Samantha Abernathy
us 2,485,000
Alexander Lynskey au
Alexander Lynskey
au 2,390,000
Kitty Kuo tw
Kitty Kuo
tw 1,005,000
John Apostolidis AU
John Apostolidis
AU 960,000
Dylan Honeyman au
Dylan Honeyman
au 885,000

Tags: Alexander LynskeyAri EngelAussie MillionsDylan HoneymanJohn ApostolidisKitty KuoSamantha AbernathyTony Dunst