Aussie Millions Main Event, Day 1b: Ivey, Lisandro Top Board
294 players joined the field for the second Day 1 of the Aussie Millions Main Event. In the field on Day 1b were 2007 champion Gus Hansen, 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem, Phil Ivey, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Shannon Elizabeth and a host of other top-flight poker superstars.
With so many high-powered poker players in the field, there were sure to be plenty of 'tables of death.' Table 17 featured several of the top female poker players in the world, with Annie Duke, Clonie Gowen and Amanda 'MandyB' Baker all at the same table. Table 14 featured live and online superstars in Kevin 'BeLOWaBOVe' Saul, Erik 'Erik123' Sagstrom, Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson and Karina Jett. Phil Laak and Shannon Elizabeth were at the same table for a little while, until Laak flopped a set with pocket aces to send Elizabeth to the rail early on Day 1b.
Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman was crippled early when Jordan Morgan outdrew him on the river in a big pot. Morgan moved all in on the turn on a board of , and Boatman called with for an eight-high straight. Morgan was behind with , but the on the river gave Morgan a bigger straight and left Boatman with only 500 in chips; he went out shortly afterwards. Other notable eliminations on Day 1b included Joe Sebok, Josh 'JJProdigy' Field, Ferguson, Damien Oborne, Patrik Antonius and Laak.
2007 champion Gus Hansen's quest for a repeat victory ended with he got all his chips in with against an opponent holding . The flop of was less than ideal for Hansen, and he was eliminated when the board ran out .
Jeff Lisandro and Joe Hachem wielded big stacks for most of the day, but had to play cautiously, seated at the same table. In one notable hand, Lisandro raised preflop from middle position and Hachem called from the button. The two checked it down until the river, when the board read . Lisandro checked to Hachem, who fired out a bet. Lisandro called to see Hachem's for the rivered two pair. Lisandro mucked, and continued to play small ball with the former World Champion.
Phil Ivey was another big stack for much of Day 1b, taking out two players in one big hand when he caught quads on the turn against a flopped straight. Ivey finished Day 1b with the chip lead, as the top ten chip stacks looked like this at the end of the day:
Phil Ivey – 163,300
Dominic Sinagra – 151,300
Jeff Lisandro – 138,400
Max Pescatori – 137,600
Travis Brown – 129,500
Stefan Jedlicka – 123,500
Joe Hachem – 111,400
Jason Brown – 105,600
Eric Sclavos – 103,000
Robert Akery – 101,900