This time last year Ami Barer wasn’t exactly a well known name. That all changed when he outlasted 667 other players to win the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event. Following the win, and the $1.4 million score, he was a little reluctant to do interviews with the media but it wasn’t some Dan Colman-like refusal to promote poker – he’d just never had the spotlight on him like that before.
Well, if his performance on Day 1A of the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event is any indicator of future success, he’s going to be facing the media a lot more. Barer bagged up 147,900 chips on Sunday, good enough for the third largest stack behind Joakim Backlund (148,900) and Day 1A chip leader Jan Suchanek (163,400).
The opening day of play brought out 183 players with 97 of them surviving through the ten levels of play. The 183 entrants is a slight uptick from 2014 which had 175 players in action. The final two starting days take place on Monday and Tuesday at the Crown Hotel and Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
With just over half of the field eliminated, the average stack is just north of 56,000. Some of the notable names that survived Day 1A with a better-than-average stack were Ismael Bojang (98,700), Jack Salter (85,400), Felix Stephensen (82,000) and Benny Spindler (59,200).
Former Aussie Millions Main Event champs Lee Nelson and Oliver Speidel, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, BLUFF columnist Maria Ho and Chris Moorman were all Day 1A casualties.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Jan Suchanek – 163,400
- Joakim Backlund – 148,900
- Ami Barer – 147,900
- Rahul Byrraju – 137,600
- Giuseppe Reina – 121,900
- Mikel Habb – 114,500
- Robert Salter – 111,200
- Raiden Kan – 106,400
- Jannis Brauer – 103,800
- Pablo Peredo – 102,300
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