Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
With 68 players remaining in the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event, James Obst is the chip leader with 1,061,000 in chips. Obst is the only player in seven figures, but Scott Wilson won a massive pot during the last few minutes of play, and bagged 933,500 in chips.
Day 2 of the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event began with 312 players, and the chip leader was Brian Payne. Payne entered the day with just under 300,000 chips, and quickly started to plummet down the counts. In one particular hand, Payne and Mark Teltscher took a flop of . Payne led out for 4,000, and Teltscher made the call. The turn was the , both players checked, and the completed the board. Payne tossed out 6,000, and Teltscher moved all in for 20,000. Payne folded, leaving himself with under 200,000 chips. A few hours later, Payne was eliminated in unknown action.
Payne wasn’t the only notable to hit the rail during play on Day 2. Stephen Chidwick, Russell Thomas, Eoghan O’Dea, Nate Silver, Richard Yong, Paul Phua, Neil Channing, Eric Liu, Annette Obrestad and Joe Hachem were all eliminated.
Chidwick was eliminated in the last level of play with the against the of Ray Ellis. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Ellis was a 69.61% favorite while Chidwick had a 29.60% chance of survival. The flop dropped Chidwick's chances to 16.46%, while the turn cut it down to just 6.82%. Chidwick needed an ace on the river to keep his 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event hopes alive, but he would find no salvation as the useless peeled off.
Silver, who appeared on the PokerNews Podcast earlier this week, had a roller coaster day, but the famous statistician was ultimately eliminated in the ultimate cooler scenario. Silver was all in and at risk preflop with two kings against Gary Benson’s two aces. Benson held, winning the 240,000-chip pot, while Silver hit the rail.
Among the survivors, no one was more aggressive than Obst, who rocketed up the counts. In one particular hand, he and Brandon Adams were heads up on a board of . Obst checked, Adams bet 60,000 into a pot of around 80,000, and Obst check-raised all in for effectively 200,000. Adams quickly folded, and Obst raked in the pot.
There was a very interesting ruling made during the day that concerned Tan and Wong — who are openly in a relationship. Tan was moved to Wong’s table, and when she was, she requested a seat change. At Crown Casino, the staff tries to keep relatives and couples separated as much as possible for as long as possible to avoid collusion or other strange scenarios.
“When there’s two full tables left we’re not gonna re-seat players , because that would be unfair,” Tournament Director Christian Vaughn told PokerNews. “Personally, I think it would be good if we were able to split up players who have substantial stakes in each other, but that’s far more complicated."
Tan’s request was granted, and she moved to a separate table. Both players cruised for the remainder of the day, and both players ended the day with healthy stacks.
Another couple that the PokerNews Live Reporting Team had its eyes on were Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius. Antonius was moved to Ivey’s table in the middle of the day, and the two controlled the table until it broke with less than 20 minutes to play in the seventh and final level. During one orbit of play, four hands were won by Antonius and two by Ivey. In one particular hand, Antonius three-bet Ivey, prompting the rail to lean in and gawk at the table. Ivey folded, allowing the spectators to finally exhale.
The two poker icons finished the day with solid stacks — Ivey with 390,500 and Antonius with 332,000.
The prize pool was announced during Day 2, and the 629 players generated a total purse of AU$6,290,000. The top 64 players will earn a minimum of AU$15,000, and the winner will take home AU$1,600,000 and a Chrysler 300C sports car.
2013 Aussie Millions Final Table Payouts
*Will also receive a car.
Day 3 will begin on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. local time. Be sure to head over to the PokerNews Live Reporting Page for exclusive up-to-the-minute reports directly from the poker room floor.
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On the last hand of the night, Phil Ivey raised to 9,000 on the button. Lee Markholt three-bet to 23,500 from the big blind, and Ivey called.
The flop came down , and Markholt fired 26,500. Ivey folded, and Markholt scooped the final pot of the night.
Rajkumar Ramakrishnan and Scott Wilson were both enjoying amazing days so far but the latter just wiped out the former's chances on making a deep run. The action started when Wilson raised preflop and Ramakrishnan defended his small blind.
The flop brought out and Ramakrishnan checked to Wilson who fired out 9,000. Ramakrishnan check-raised to 25,000 and Wilson made the call.
The turn brought the and Ramakrishnan put out a hefty 70,000-chip bet. Wilson was faced by this as he moved all in after about five seconds. Ramakrishnan tanked for about 30 seconds and then announced the call.
The river brought the meaningless and Ramakrishnan was knocked out. Wilson is now in second place behind the unstoppable James Obst.
The players have been instructed that they'll play three more hands at each table before bagging and tagging for the night.
The board read when Steve Bovya moved all in and Gary Benson went into the tank for a few minutes. Bovya's shove was for about 100,000 and Benson ended up calling after quite some tanking.
Bovya showed and that beat Benson's .
"Ship it!" Bovya yelled as he managed to double up. The last level of the day has been rough for Benson who's down to just 100,000 chips.
The player under the gun raised to 12,500, and action folded over to Frank Rusnak in the cutoff seat. Rusnak raised to 28,500, and play folded back to the original raiser. He four-bet to 46,500, and Rusnak came back over the top to 72,500. The under-the-gun player called, and the dealer ran out the flop. The first player bet 40,000, and Rusnak called.
The turn was the , and the first player fired 70,000. Rusnak folded, and his opponent showed him the for just a pair of threes.
We're not sure of the preflop action, but we do know that Stephen Chidwick ended up all in from the small blind for roughly 150,000 and was at risk against Ray Ellis, who barely had him covered.
According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Ellis was a 69.61% favorite while Chidwick had a 29.60% chance of survival. The flop dropped Chidwick's chances to 16.46%, while the turn cut it down to just 6.82%. Chidwick needed an ace on the river to keep his 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event hopes alive, but he would find no salvation as the useless peeled off.
We usually don't write chopped pots, but this one was quite unique.
It happened over at Table 10 when Patrik Antonius opened for 9,000 on the button. A short-stacked player then moved all in for 63,500 from the button, the blinds folded, and Antonius made the call.
The Finn had his opponent dominated and the flop was safe enough. The button could still win with a ten and could chop if the board either paired the seven or came running threes. Well, a ten didn't show up, and neither did the seven. Instead, the improbable happened as the peeled off on the turn followed by the on the river. Both Antonius and his opponent had quads and their aces meant it was a chopped pot.