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2014 Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge Day 1: Fabian Quoss Leads Surviving 30

Fabian Quoss

Day 1 of the 2014 Aussie Millions AU$25,000 Challenge came to a close on Sunday. Fabian Quoss may have waited until the very end of the day to take the chip lead, but nevertheless, he'll be the man to catch heading into Day 2. Quoss busted Yevgeniy Timoshenko in one of the final hands of the night with {K-}{K-} versus Timonshenko's {A-}{K-} and finished on 348,800 in chips. The next closest person to Quoss, Ognjen Sekularac, finished nearly 100,000 in chips behind with 259,200.

Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerChips
1Fabian Quoss348,800
2Ognjen Sekularac259,200
3Martin Jacobson193,000
4David Yan181,100
5Max Altergott179,700
6Dan Shak179,600
7Justin Bonomo170,700
8Tony Bloom144,800
9John Juanda138,400
10Ole Schemion133,600

This year's field smashed all previous records, accumulating 65 entries and generating a prize pool of AU$1.56 million. With a hefty AU$460,000 going to the winner and the top eight spots being paid out, Day 2 is going to be one heck of a day for poker. A min-cash will earn AU$55,000.

Last year's champion, Igor Kurganov, was eliminated on the day, twice. That elimination has paved the way for a new champion this year, and there are plenty of big names eyeing the title.

Amongst those surviving Day 1 were Daniel Negreanu, Dan Shak, Justin Bonomo, Ole Schemion, Dan Smith, Jason Mercier, and Sorel Mizzi. The reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion, Ryan Riess, is also still in the field and looking to make plenty of noise in his first trip Down Under to the Aussie Millions.

Of those who busted on Day 1 were Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Doug Polk, Mike Watson, Jonathan Duhamel, and Paul Newey.

Day 2 will begin at 2:30 p.m. local time on Monday, so be sure to tune right back in here to PokerNews.com for live coverage straight from the tournament floor.

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