Day 1c Completed
Day 1c Completed
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 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 . 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 , and Warne fired out 6,000. Only Korman called, and Warne fired 10,000 on the 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 .
"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 , and Korman decided to make the call with the . The flop brought , 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.
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 , and Daniel Ljung called from the small blind with the . The board ran out 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.
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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.
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.
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 flop.
The hijack check-called a bet of 5,000, and then the dealer burned and turned the . The hijack check-called another bet, this time 10,000, and then both players checked the river. Hachem tabled , but it was no good as his opponent held for a straight.
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.
The board showed and Balsiger was gone. It's unclear to us how the money went on, or how many chips were in the pot.
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 .
On the flop, Ivey checked, and his opponent bet 7,000. Ivey gave it up, and opted to fight another day.
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.
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 flop, Ivey check-called a bet of 6,000 from his opponent to see the land on the turn. Both players checked.
After the completed the board on the river, both players checked again.
Ivey tabled the for ace high, and that defeated his opponent's for king high.