Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Thanks to a few late registrants, the 2012 Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event officially drew 659 players of which 314 returned to action on Day 2. They were all competing for their share of a $6.59 million prize pool with $1.6 million was reserved for first. While 75 players still remain, the man best positioned to capture the title is Tim O’Shea, who bagged up 921,000 in chips, though Phil Ivey is hot on his heels with 778,500.
Day 2 of the Aussie Millions Main Event began with an absolutely stacked field. At the start of the day, a few former Aussie Millions champs were in the field, but only Lee Nelson survived the day, bagging up 432,500.
The first former champ to go was 2009 Aussie Millions winner Stewart Scott, who was all-in for his last 36,000 chips with and up against the of his opponent. The board ran out and Scott’s day came to an early end. Tyron Krost, who had won a lifetime of Main Event buy-ins by taking down the 10th Anniversary Tournament of Champions a few days earlier, followed him out the door.
Gus Hansen was another former Aussie Millions champ who entered the field, opting to take advantage of the one-level late registration on Day 2. Unfortunately for him, his day didn’t last long. "I busted the Great Dane," Tony G told us with his chest puffed out wide. "Gus always wants to move in, and I trapped him!"
It happened when Aage Ravn opened with a raise to 2,500 from middle position, and Tony G looked down at in the small blind. He decided to flat, and that sent the action over to Hansen's big blind. He had , and the squeeze was on. He made it 10,000 total, Ravn folded, Tony G reraised all in, and Hansen called off the rest of his short stack. The board ran out blank for Gus, and his Main Event has ended almost before it began.
Not long after, Mercier was eliminated when his failed to overcome the of Tom Grigg. Other eliminations throughout the day included Sebastian Ruthenberg, JP Kelly, Van Marcus, Vitaly Lunkin, Annette Obrestad, JC Tran, David Bach, Tony G, Tom Dwan, and James Dempsey, the latter having previously finished as the 1b chip leader.
While 239 players hit the rail throughout seven levels of play, others flourished. Among those to build their stacks were Phil Ivey (778,500), Aage Ravn (708,500), Jason Koon (667,500), Oliver Speidel (540,000), and Patrick Healy (521,000),
With less than an hour left in the night, a monster pot took place that resulted in O'Shea vaulting into the chip lead. It happened when O'Shea opened under the gun and Josh Barrett defended from the big blind. A raising war ensued on the flop before the was put out on the turn. At this point, Barrett check-called a bet of 125,000, and followed that up with another check-call of 150,000 on the river.
O'Shea rolled over for a straight, and Barrett exclaimed, "How do you have a six there?" Barrett revealed that he held and was clearly upset at losing the monster pot. With that, O'Shea is the tournament chip leader.
Day 3 of the Aussie Millions Main Event is set to get underway at 12:30 pm local time, when the remaining 75 players break through the money bubble and march toward the final table.
|Jason Koon||partypoker Ambassador||667,500||67,500|
We are only playing two more hands with 75 players remaining in the tournament.
Apologies to all the players who frequented table 24 the past couple of hours. The table in question is situated over the other side of the thoroughfare and we assumed it had been broken into the area we are. But no, they decided to set up cash games here instead.
Ron Angood is the table leader on 500,000. Khiem Nguyen is also there and up to 190,000 after he eliminated a player when his made top set to eliminate a player holding ace-queen.
It hasn't even been 30 minutes since Bjorn Li lost a massive pot to Aage Ravn that knocked him down to 270,000 chips, and Li already played another huge one. This time it was Taylor von Kriegenbergh who raised to 9,000 from the button and Li made it 22,000 from the big blind. The action got back to Von Kriegenbergh who just called.
The flop came down and Li bet 27,000, Von Kriegenbergh called once more. On the turn the hit and Li kept doing what he does best, fire away. This time he threw in 54,000 and after tanking Von Kriegenbergh made the call.
On the river the hit and Li immediately announced he was all-in. Von Kriegenbergh got the message and tanked for 30 seconds before throwing in his three 25,000 chips to show he was calling. Li turned over and Von Kriegenbergh awaited the final count. Li had 165,000 chips and that was just a tad more than the former WPT winner. Von Kriegenbergh got up from his chair and walked away in disbelief.
|Taylor von Kriegenbergh||Busted|
We're not sure how it happened, but Tino Lechich has been eliminated from the tournament.
We came to Phil Ivey's table with a flop showing and Ivey in the hand against Jason Koon. Ivey was first to act and at this point there was around 20,000 in the pot. Ivey opted to lead for 15,000 and Koon made the call. The on the turn saw Ivey lead again, this time for 30,000. Another call from Koon and the would complete the board. This time Ivey flicked out 75,000 and Koon quickly made the call.
Ivey turned over his , a flopped full house just about enough to send Koon's cards flying into the muck. We don't want to jinx Ivey by speaking too soon, but at this rate he will definitely be finishing in the top couple of chip counts.
|Jason Koon||partypoker Ambassador||600,000||-175,000|
Kenna James has some interesting insight not only on the mental aspects of poker but also some helpful tips for players on tilt.
Phil Ivey has added some chips to his stack and busted a player (made a swift exit before we could ask his name).
He raised to 10,000 from under the gun and called with when a player shoved from mid position. His opponent tabled but couldn't stay ahead on the board.