2013 Aussie Millions

$10,000 Main Event
Day: 1b
Event Info

2013 Aussie Millions

Final Results
Winning Hand
1,600,000 AUD
Event Info
10,000 AUD
Prize Pool
6,290,000 AUD
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

$10,000 Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Frank Rusnak Leads After Day 1b

Level 7 : 400/800, 100 ante
Frank Rusnak
Frank Rusnak

A total of 196 players signed up for Day 1b of the Aussie Millions Main Event. This brings the total amount of players after two days up to 353. That's 13 more than last year after two starting days. The chip leader after seven levels of play on Day 1b is Frank Rusnak who bagged up 165,100. Just 105 players survived Day 1b and they will return to action on Wednesday.

Plenty of big named players signed up for Day 1b, among whom were the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Tyron Krost. He was seated at the same table as Neil Channing, and both players managed to survive the first day. Jason Mercier also joined the action today and closed out with 93,000.

The above couldn't be said for some of the high rollers who played the $100,000 event yesterday, and some even today. Vanessa Selbst, Fabian Quoss, Philipp Gruissem, Tobias Reinkemeier, Niklas Heinecker and Igor Kurganov all entered the Main Event today, but their results were far from satisfying. Only the latter made it to Day 2 with just 13,600, and he also happened to be the runner up to Andrew Robl in the $100,000 Challenge cashing $610,000.

Local favorites Joel Feldman and Kristian Lunardi also didn't have fortunate days and they were eliminated towards the end of the day. Aussie Millions regular Sherrie Kramper was among the unlucky players today. She got her money in good against Jackson Zheng who showed a lower two pair on the turn with a flush draw. Zheng hit his flush and survived the day with 54,100 while Kramper was knocked out.

One of the most interesting players that showed up today was Kenny Tran. Tran, who's not players tournaments regularly anymore, made the trip down to Melbourne for the first time since 2008 and Lynn Gilmartin spoke to him on one of the breaks. Tran survived the day with just 28,700.

Play in Melbourne will resume tomorrow at 12:30 PM local time with the third and final Day 1 flight. All the remaining super stars you haven't seen on these first two days will most likely enter tomorrow. We've seen Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari and Patrik Antonius at Crown and hopefully they will all make their way down to the poker room tomorrow.

Make sure to follow PokerNews.com all day tomorrow as we bring you all the live updates throughout the day!

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariFabian QuossIgor KurganovJackson ZhengJason MercierJoel FeldmanKenny TranKristian LunardiNeil ChanningNiklas HeineckerPatrik AntoniusPhil IveyPhilipp GruissemSven Niklas HeineckerTobias ReinkemeierTyron KrostVanessa Selbst

Some End-of-Day Counts

Player Chips Progress
Frank Rusnak us
Frank Rusnak
165,100 10,100
Mark Betts au
Mark Betts
145,300 -9,700
Michael O'Grady au
Michael O'Grady
Cole Swannack nz
Cole Swannack
135,000 30,000
Minh Phuc
Minh Phuc
Andrew Pantling ca
Andrew Pantling
131,100 99,100
Michael Ryan us
Michael Ryan
Jan Collado de
Jan Collado
109,000 -1,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
93,000 3,000
WSOP 6X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Oliver Gill au
Oliver Gill
92,400 14,775
Jesse Rockowitz us
Jesse Rockowitz
69,300 19,300
WSOP 1X Winner
Jackson Zheng
Jackson Zheng
54,100 -28,900
Chris Lee us
Chris Lee
31,100 -3,900
Kenny Tran us
Kenny Tran
28,700 5,700
WSOP 1X Winner
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
13,600 -1,600
WSOP 1X Winner

Kurganov Short

Igor Kurganov opened to 1,600 in middle position, Kyle Cheong, three-bet to 4,200 out of the small blind, and a player in the big blind cold-called. Kurganov called as well, and the dealer fanned {6-Spades}{a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}. All three players checked.

The turn was the {q-Diamonds}, Cheong checked, the player in the big blind fired 3,800, and only Kurganov called.

The {q-Spades} completed the board, the player moved all in for effectively 15,200, and Kurganov quickly folded.

Player Chips Progress
Kyle Cheong au
Kyle Cheong
40,000 -10,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
15,200 -35,800
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Igor KurganovKyle Cheong

Quoss Busts

Fabian Quoss
Fabian Quoss

Fabian Quoss was spotted talking with fellow countryman Igor Kurganov before exiting the tournament room, and we went over to his former table to see how he busted.

According to Jesse Rockowitz, Quoss three-bet jammed all in for 15,000 over an open to 3,300. The player who opened called with {10-}{10-}, and won a race against Quoss' {a-}{q-}.

Player Chips Progress
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss

Tags: Fabian QuossJesse Rockowitz

Feldman's Aces Cracked

We just ran into Joel Feldman, and per our request he was willing to explain his bustout hand.

Feldman raised to 1,700 and three players called, among which the big blind. The flop came down {J-Spades}{5-}{6-Spades} and the big blind lead for 2,500. Feldman raised it up to 5,500 after which Tolly Sakellariou decided to move all in. The big blind folded, and Feldman called it off for 25,000 total.

Feldman was in front with {A-Spades}{a-} against Sakellariou who showed {5-Spades}{8-Spades}.

"But I didn't dodge," Feldman said. Sakellariou made a flush and is up to 60,000 chips.

Player Chips Progress
Tolly Sakellariou au
Tolly Sakellariou
Joel Feldman au
Joel Feldman

Tags: Joel FeldmanTolly Sakellariou

Rusnak Takes Out The Big Boys

Francis Rusnak just took out the two big boys who played the $100,000 freeze out earlier today. Niklas Heinecker was first to go when he lost his last chips with {K-}{6-} versus Rusnak's {K-}{J-}.

Gruissem was all in for just 17,000 a few orbits later and up against Rusnak's {K-}{J-} with pocket sixes. Gruissem didn't hold up and was eliminated during the final level of play.

Player Chips Progress
Frank Rusnak us
Frank Rusnak
155,000 65,000
Niklas Heinecker de
Niklas Heinecker
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Philipp GruissemNiklas Heinecker

Tran Doubles

A player open-shoved on the button, and Kenny Tran called all-in for less (11,000) in the big blind.

Tran: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Opponent: {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}

Tran's hand held as the board ran out {a-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, doubling him to 23,000 chips.

Player Chips Progress
Kenny Tran us
Kenny Tran
23,000 3,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Kenny Tran

Boyaciyan Picks One Up

David Boyaciyan and an opponent took a flop of {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}. Boyaciyan checked, the player tossed out 2,500, and Boyaciyan min-raised to 5,000. The player called.

The turn was the {7-Clubs}, both players checked, and the {10-Clubs} completed the board. Boyaciyan fired 9,300, and his opponent immediately folded.

Player Chips Progress
David Boyaciyan nl
David Boyaciyan
37,000 5,000

Tags: David Boyaciyan