Day 1c Completed
Day 1c Completed
After another riveting thirteen hour day, the Aussie Millions Main Event has wrapped it’s final day one flight!
It was 274 entries today which brought the overall field to hefty 721 players , generating a AUD$7,210,000 prizepool and sending the eventual champion home with an AUD$2,000,000 first prize while ensuring two people walk away millionaires, with the runner-up pocketing AUD$1,035,000.
Local hopefuls Josh Barrett, James Obst, Peter Aristidou and Tony Hachem were just a handful of the many who tried and failed to make it through to day two. While leading those who flew thousands of miles to come up short of Main Event glory include Full Tilt Poker Red Pro's James Bord, Matthew Jarvis, Peter Jetten and Simon Watt. Team Full Tilt’s John Juanda and Erik Seidel also failed to make a day two berth.
There were 109 players who survived after day 1c was all said and done, with Charles Chua (163,000), Colin Nicholas (134,900) and Elliot Smith (116,200) leading the way. But it was Australia’s Oliver Keefe who came from out of nowhere to take the chip lead into day two, bagging and tagging a monster 198,200 chips.
Still in the hunt with respectable stacks include David Gorr (91,500), Eugene Katchalov (69,200), Van Marcus (64,500), Kristian Lunardi (57,900) and Mark Vos (34,900).
The above will be joining the likes of international superstars Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Chris Ferguson, Roland de Wolfe, Patrik Antonius and Howard Lederer, along with Aussie heroes Sean Dunwoodie, Martin Drewe, Jarred Graham and Billy Argyros as those in contention with healthy stacks on day two.
It will be a total of 265 players who have stars in their eyes as they wake tomorrow to take to the felt and battle it out for the 72 paying spots and the guaranteed AUD$15,000 cash.
Be sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team at 12.30 p.m EST tomorrow, as the action is set to be one of the most star studded day two fields in Aussie Millions history, so be sure not to miss any of the amazing action and stay tuned to PokerNews.com all day long!
The Tournament Director has now given the announcement that three more hands will be dealt for the night.
Jarred Solomon opened to 2,500 from the cutoff only to have John Dalessandri push for 9,600 from the button.
Solomon agonized over a decision for nearly three minutes before making the call.
With Solomon dominated, the flop wouldn't give him too much help until the on the turn saw him pick up a gutshot straight draw.
Unfortunately for the Event 2 Champion, the would peel on the river to see him slip to 77,000 as Dalessandri returned to his starting stack of 20,000.
The play was folded around to Chris Chronis in the small blind, he completed and sent the action to Jackson Zheng in the big blind who raised to 2,200. Chronis called and we would go to a flop.
Two checks would see the roll out on the turn and a bet of 3,500 from Chronis. Zheng made the call and watched as the river came the .
Chronis moved allin on the river and managed the call from Zheng. When Chronis tabled it was enough to send Zheng's card into the muck and see himself double-up.
Koray Turker opened with a raise from the cutoff before Jarred Solomon three-bet to 4,800 from the big blind.
Turker went deep into the tank - and after eventually having time called on him - he made it four bets to go; with this one equaling 10,100.
With now the decision on Solomon, he squeezed it back up to 16,800 to eventually produce a fold from Turker.
Following that hand, Turker slips to 29,000 as Solomon climbs to 47,000 in chips.
Nali Kaselias found himself all in against table neighbor Jackson Zheng.
The board ran out to see Kaselias double through to roughly 18,000.
Matthew Kirk opened to 1,600 from middle position and Full Tilt Poker Red Pro Van Marcus made the call from the cutoff.
As the dealer began to prep the flop, Marcus slid his cards over to Kirk and asked him if he wanted to have a look.
The stunned dealer quickly responded by asking Marcus to protect his hand as the flop fell.
Both players checked to see the land on the turn with Kirk checking again before Marcus made it 1,600 to go. Kirk opted to respond with a check-raise to 5,000 as Marcus made the call before the rolled off on the river.
Kirk fired out and 5,000 and Marcus folded while flashing the as he slipped to 65,000. Kirk flashed his and picked up the pot to move to 49,000 in chips.