Defending Champ Barer Bags Day 1A Big Stack in Aussie Millions Main Event

Jan Suchanek leads the Aussie Millions Main Event after Day 1A. (Photo courtesy PokerStars/ANZPT).

Jan Suchanek leads the Aussie Millions Main Event after Day 1A. (Photo courtesy PokerStars/ANZPT).

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

  1. Jan Suchanek – 163,400
  2. Joakim Backlund – 148,900
  3. Ami Barer – 147,900
  4. Rahul Byrraju – 137,600
  5. Giuseppe Reina – 121,900
  6. Mikel Habb – 114,500
  7. Robert Salter – 111,200
  8. Raiden Kan – 106,400
  9. Jannis Brauer – 103,800
  10. Pablo Peredo – 102,300
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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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