The final flight of the 2012 Aussie Millions Opening Event, Event 1: $1,100, has come to an end and the largest Day 1 flight so far helped create an almost $1 million prize pool. There were 421 players who took to the felt on Day 1c and with the 274 from 1a and the 251 from 1b, the total field for the event topped out at 946, creating a prize pool of $946,000.
With the 66 players who survived Day 1c combining with the survivors from the previous flights, a total of 132 players will hit the tables on Sunday to try their hand at being crowned the champion of the Aussie Millions Opening Event. The top 81 players will be going home with a piece of the prize pool, and the player who emerges victorious will take home $200,000.
Final Table Payouts
The large field size on Saturday can be attributed to the unique “repechage” format of the event, with many players opting to re-enter after busting out on Day 1a and Day 1b. Among those who made multiple attempts at solidifying a Day 2 berth included Daniel Nielson, Daniel Kelly, Simon Watt and Sorel Mizzi. Unfortunately for those players, the multiple attempts weren’t enough to make it to Day 2.
The action started somewhat slowly on Day 1c. It took over half the day for a clear chip leader to emerge, but eventually Jay Kinkade edged ahead of the field. Kinkade is well known for crushing online tournaments under the screen name “SEABEAST” and over the last few years has proven his worth on the live felt.
A major hand for Kinkade occurred when he floped trip nines holding and managed to get full value out of an opponent who held . While Kinkade held the chip lead for much of the afternoon, toward the end of the day, all the action was occurring on the same table, with both Tony Delavinias and Rob Angood managing to accumulate huge stacks. David Yan also blitzed the later part of the day to bag up the second largest stack in the room.
Delavinias' rise to the top of the chip counts culminated in a massive hand when he managed to spike an ace when running his into the of an opponent. Thanks to that hand, Delavinias finished Day 1c on the top of the counts and will now join Day 1a chip leader Tam Troung and Day 1c chip leader Sam Youssef at the top of the leaderboard going into Day 2.
Some other players who also managed to accumulate a big chip stack throughout Day 1c included Octavian Voegele (116,800) and Naz Sibaei (114,800). Joining the above players on Day 2 are Kenna James (68,900) and Jeff Rossiter (50,000), among others.
With all three Day 1 flights in the record books, below is a list of the players who will be starting Day 2 in the top 10 of the chip counts..
Top 10 Chip Counts
The action on Day 2 is set to begin at 1230 AEST Sunday (1730 PST Saturday), so be sure to join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there when a champion is crowned in the Aussie Millions' Opening Event!