2013 Aussie Millions

$10,000 Main Event
Day: 1c
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 1c Completed

Antonius Leads Day 1c of the 2013 Aussie Millions Millions Main Event

Level 7 : 400/800, 100 ante
Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius

On Tuesday, the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event continued with Day 1c action. While Days 1a and 1b drew 157 and 196 players, respectively, Day 1c was the biggest with 269 entries — though official numbers aren’t finalized as registration is open until the start of Day 2. After seven 90-minute levels of play, Patrik Antonius emerged as the day's chip leader with 204,800.

Antonius entered the field in Level 4 and doubled up within minutes. Although his double hand wasn't caught, we did see Antonius win a decent one against Bruno Portaro a short time later.

It happened when five players saw a flop of {9-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and three checks put action on Antonius, who bet 2,600 from the cutoff. Portaro then called from the button, the rest of the field folded, and the dealer burned and turned the {6-Hearts}. Antonius eyed up his opponent's stack of around 15,000 and then tossed out four dark blue T5,000 chips. Portaro insta-mucked. From there, Antonius was in a holding pattern until the last 15 minutes of the night when he shot to the top of the chip counts.

Obviously not everyone was as fortunate as Antonius on Day 1c. Australian cricket superstar Shane Warne gave it his best, but he met his end in Level 5 with the blinds at 200/400/50. Sam Korman limped for 400, and two players followed suit. Warne was sitting in the small blind and raised to 1,500. All three limpers called, the flop came down {Q-}{5-}{5-}, and Warne fired out 6,000. Only Korman called, and Warne fired 10,000 on the {J-Hearts} turn. Korman called once again, and the river brought a third heart. Both players checked, Warne showed pocket aces, and Korman took the pot down with {5-}{6-}.

"We were playing pretty deep and I had around 50,000 to start the hand. He wasn't happy at all after the hand and asked why I was playing that hand," Korman told PokerNews before talking about the very next hand in which he knocked Warne out.

In that hand, Warne raised with the {A-Spades}{7-Spades}, and Korman decided to make the call with the {5-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. The flop brought {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades}, and Warne bet 2,500. Korman raised to 6,100, and Warne moved all in for around 20,000 chips according to Korman. Korman called with the straight, and no help on the turn nor river for Warne to knock him out.

Other Day 1c eliminations included Masa Kagawa, Jesse "OnTheMac" McKenzie, Tony Hachem, John Juanda, Brendon Rubie, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Steven Gee, Scott Lazar and Gus Hansen.

Hansen, who won the Aussie Millions Main Event back in 2007, met his end in the last level of the night with the blinds at 400/800/100. The “Great Dane” was short stacked when he moved in for just 9,100 from the button holding the {K-Hearts}{8-Spades}, and Daniel Ljung called from the small blind with the {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and Hansen’s dreams of becoming the first-ever two-time Aussie Millions Main Event champion were shattered.

Not everyone fared badly on Day 1c. Among those to punch their ticket to Day 2 were the winner of the 2011 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge Sam Trickett; last year's 12th-place finisher in the Aussie Millions Main Event, Phil Ivey; 2012 World Series of Poker runner-up Jesse Sylvia; Macau high-stakes businessman Paul Phua; and 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem.

All of those players will join Day 1a and 1b survivors like Tyron Krost, Neil Channing, Jason Mercier, James Obst, Kevin Rabichow, Ayaz Mahmood, Phillip Willcocks, Day 1a chip leader Brian Payne (299,900) and Day 1b chip leader Frank Rusnak (165,100) for Day 2. Will any of those players add their name to the prestigious list of Aussie Millions Main Event winners? Only time will tell.

YearWinnerPrizeNo. of EntriesPrize Pool
2012Oliver SpeidelAU$1,600,000659AU$6,590,000
2011David GorrAU$2,000,000721AU$7,210,000
2010Tyron KrostAU$2,000,000746AU$7,460,000
2009Stewart ScottAU$2,000,000681AU$6,810,000
2008Alexander KostritsynAU$1,650,000780AU$7,800,000
2007Gus HansenAU$1,500,000747AU$7,470,000
2006Lee NelsonAU$1,295,800418AU$4,180,000
2005Jamil DiaAU$1,000,000263AU$2,630,000
2004Tony BloomAU$426,500133AU$1,330,000
2003Peter CostaAU$394,870122AU$1,220,000

Approximately 320 survivors from all three starting days will return for Day 2 action on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 EST Tuesday), which will consist of seven more 90-minute levels. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand throughout, so be sure to join them then for all the latest and greatest from the land down under.

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A Few End-of-Day Counts

Player Chips Progress
Patrik Antonius fi
Patrik Antonius
204,800 119,800
EPT 1X Winner
Slade Fisher nz
Slade Fisher
199,400 4,400
Kish Kumar
Kish Kumar
134,600 134,600
Sam Cohen us
Sam Cohen
128,800 18,800
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
Christopher Brammer gb
Christopher Brammer
110,000 8,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Gary Benson au
Gary Benson
92,800 2,800
WSOP 1X Winner
Nate Silver us
Nate Silver
89,700 14,700
Sam Holden gb
Sam Holden
84,200 29,200
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
78,700 -1,300
Andrew Hinrichsen au
Andrew Hinrichsen
75,400 400
WSOP 1X Winner
Jesse Sylvia us
Jesse Sylvia
73,400 -4,600
WPT 1X Winner
Tom Grigg au
Tom Grigg
71,500 28,500
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 1X Winner
Richard Yong my
Richard Yong
62,900 -21,100
Russell Thomas us
Russell Thomas
58,000 5,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
55,900 900
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 2X Winner
Celina Lin cn
Celina Lin
55,900 -8,100
Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams
49,000 24,000
Kris Smith
Kris Smith
46,300 46,300
Sam Korman
Sam Korman
45,200 -36,800
Kenny Wong
Kenny Wong
41,700 2,700
Jens Kyllonen fi
Jens Kyllonen
27,800 -12,200
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Angel Guillen mx
Angel Guillen
22,200 -5,300
WSOP 1X Winner

Three More Hands

Level 7 : 400/800, 100 ante

The clock has been paused with 10 minutes left in the level, and the players have been told that each table will run through three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Hachem Takes a Late-Night Hit

After the player in the hijack opened for an unknown amount, Australian native three-bet to 5,000 from the cutoff. The button and both blinds folded, the original raiser called, and it was heads-up action to the {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop.

The hijack check-called a bet of 5,000, and then the dealer burned and turned the {Q-Spades}. The hijack check-called another bet, this time 10,000, and then both players checked the {K-Diamonds} river. Hachem tabled {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, but it was no good as his opponent held {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a straight.

Player Chips Progress
Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
28,000 -22,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner

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Balsiger Busto

In a matter of seconds we just lost third place finisher in the 2012 WSOP Main Event, Jake Balsiger. Balsiger was doing good all day but his last level was disastrous.

Unfortunately we only caught the very last of Balsiger's bustout hand which was presented to us as following.

Balsiger: {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}
Opponent: {A-}{3-}

The board showed {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{A-Hearts} and Balsiger was gone. It's unclear to us how the money went on, or how many chips were in the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Jake Balsiger us
Jake Balsiger

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Ivey Folds Flop

Level 7 : 400/800, 100 ante

From under the gun plus one, a player opened with a raise to 1,600. Phil Ivey reraised out of the hijack seat to 4,500, and the player in the cutoff seat (who's tried to play every pot possible against Ivey) made the call. Everyone else folded, even the original raiser, and the flop came down {9-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{2-Clubs}.

On the flop, Ivey checked, and his opponent bet 7,000. Ivey gave it up, and opted to fight another day.

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Ivey Doesn't Fold

We arrived on the scene when Phil Ivey was facing a raise from November Nine finalist Jake Balsiger. Balsiger had 9,000 in front of him and was seated in the cutoff while Ivey had 4,500 invested from the button.

Ivey tanked for a bit and ended up moving a fistful of big chips forward. Balsiger double checked his cards and moved them towards the muck.

Player Chips Progress
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
64,000 12,000
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 1X Winner
Jake Balsiger us
Jake Balsiger
45,000 12,000

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Ivey Increases Some More

The player under the gun limped in to start the action, then play folded around the table to Phil Ivey in the small blind. He raised to 3,400. The big blind called, then the under-the-gun limper folded.

On the {9-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop, Ivey check-called a bet of 6,000 from his opponent to see the {8-Clubs} land on the turn. Both players checked.

After the {Q-Hearts} completed the board on the river, both players checked again.

Ivey tabled the {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} for ace high, and that defeated his opponent's {K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for king high.

Player Chips Progress
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
52,000 11,000
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 1X Winner

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