Week That Was: Aussie Millions Generates Record Fields, Controversy

Joe Hachem sent the poker world into a frenzy with his comments.

Joe Hachem sent the poker world into a frenzy with his comments.

The Week That Was takes a look back at the biggest news in poker over the past seven days. The last week was dominated by the huge action taking place at the Aussie Millions. Ami Barer won the Aussie Millions Main Event, Yevgeniy Timoshenko took down the $100,000 Challenge and Max Altergott came out the winner in the $25,000 Challenge.

2005 WSOP Main Event champion and Crown regular Joe Hachem lit the poker world on fire with some comments regarding recent WSOP Main Event winners.

Ami Barer Wins 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event for AU$1.6 Million

Ami Barer won the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event and its AU$1.6 million ($1,432,545) first place prize, outlasting the likes of Scott SeiverJake Balsiger and Darren Rabinowitzbefore defeating fellow Canadian Sorel Mizzito seal the deal.

Barer has over $6.5 million in lifetime online tournament earnings, but until the early hours of Monday morning in Melbourne his live results paled in comparison.

After an extended break to set up the cash and heads-up play for television, it didn’t take long to crown a champion. Barer’s lead started at almost three-to-one and only grew from there. After picking up pocket aces in a dream spot heads-up, one top Canadian online pro outlasted the other and Barer was the benefactor, capturing his first major live title and the biggest prize of his career.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko Wins 2014 $100,000 Challenge for $2 Million

Just a few minutes after the $100,000 Challenge began at the 2014 Aussie Millions Yevgeniy Timoshenko was having second thoughts. The 25 year old poker pro was unaware the tournament featured a 30 second shot clock and he wanted out. The tournament had started however and Timoshenko wasn’t allowed to un-register. Good thing. Early Sunday morning Timoshenko beat Mike “Timex” McDonald heads up to win the title, $2,000,000 AU and the championship ring.

Heads-up play lasted just over 90 minutes. When McDonald and Timoshenko began heads-up play Timoshenko had a slight chip lead. The final hand saw Timoshenko open from the button, McDonald re-raised before Timoshenko announced he was all-in. McDonald called and tabled T7 while Timoshenko, who had McDonald down 6-1 when the hand began, tabled K Q. McDonald could only watch as the dealer laid out the 6 5 2 8d 3 board, leaving Timoshenko in the lead the whole way with king-high. McDonald earned $1,500,000 for second place.

Max Altergott Wins Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge

What started as a long path to the money on Day 2 and looked to be heading towards a long night in the $25,000 Challenge became something very different Monday at the Aussie Millions. A deal made five ways lead to a quick finish filled with laughter, and Max Altergott eventually took home the title.

Altergott, Dan SmithJason MercierMartin Jacobson and Scott Seiver each took home more than third place was scheduled to receive following the deal, but continued to play it out to determine a champion.

  1. Max Altergott – AU$241,785*
  2. Dan Smith – AU$278,414*
  3. Jason Mercier – AU$263,342*
  4. Martin Jacobson – AU$285,921*
  5. Scott Seiver – AU$265,538*
  6. Dan Shak – AU$100,000
  7. Marvin Rettenmaier – AU$70,000
  8. Tobias Reinkemeier – AU$55,000

*Denotes the five-way deal

Coalition for Consumer & Online Protection Opposes Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson‘s mission to outlaw Internet gaming and  his billion dollar budget met resistance this week when the Coalition for Consumer & Online Protection (C4COP) launched its campaign against a federal ban of online gaming.

The C4COP is led by Rep. Mike Oxley of Ohio and Rep. Mary Bono and Rep. Jim Messin are political consultants for C4COP. They have banded together to fight Adelson’s Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. Oxley stated, “An across-the-board federal ban on online gaming would have unintended negative effects for Americans by encouraging illegal online gambling and bolstering the current black market. Millions of Americans are currently engaged in online gaming. A congressional ban would essentially ensure the are playing on an unsafe black market without the strong consumer protections that all Americans deserve.”

PokerStars Release Schedule for EPT Grand Final with 48 Events

The full schedule has been released by PokerStars for the EPT Grand Final in Monaco. The series boasts 48 events over 11 days beginning April 23rd through May 2nd at the Monte Carlo Casino and will include both a €25,500 High Roller and a €100,000 Super High Roller.

While there’s enough action for the biggest stars in poker the EPT Grand Final will offer 21 events at €500 and under for those with more moderate bankrolls. The series kicks off with an €1,100 France Poker Series Main Event with two starting days. The €10,600 Grand Final Main Event will begin April 26th, have two starting days and wrap up on May 2nd.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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