2013 Aussie Millions

$10,000 Main Event
Day: 2
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 2 Completed

Australian Obst Leads Remaining 68 Players

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante
James Obst - Chip Leader
James Obst - Chip Leader

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 {7-Spades}{2-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. Payne led out for 4,000, and Teltscher made the call. The turn was the {q-Spades}, both players checked, and the {3-Spades} 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 {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} against the {K-Clubs}{K-Spades} 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 {2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop dropped Chidwick's chances to 16.46%, while the {5-Hearts} 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 {Q-Clubs} 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 {2-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades}. 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

PlacePrize (AU$)

*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.

Tags: James Obst

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante
Player Chips Progress
James Obst au
James Obst
1,061,000 -39,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Scott Wilson ca
Scott Wilson
933,500 13,500
Mervin Chan my
Mervin Chan
774,500 464,500
Jay Tan hk
Jay Tan
633,000 33,000
Ping Chan
Ping Chan
630,500 195,500
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
508,000 -182,000
Ang Pangleng
Ang Pangleng
491,000 260,000
Zoltan Szabo hu
Zoltan Szabo
486,000 254,000
Minh Nguyen au
Minh Nguyen
480,500 347,000
Man Hei Lam
Man Hei Lam
469,500 34,500
Mark Betts au
Mark Betts
464,500 64,500
Kenny Wong
Kenny Wong
459,000 9,000
Stevan Chew au
Stevan Chew
427,000 322,000
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
390,500 5,500
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 1X Winner
Lee Markholt us
Lee Markholt
356,000 56,000
WPT 1X Winner
Ray Ellis
Ray Ellis
350,500 10,500
Patrik Antonius fi
Patrik Antonius
332,000 -58,000
EPT 1X Winner
Dylan Honeyman au
Dylan Honeyman
327,000 -48,000
Sam Cohen us
Sam Cohen
324,000 162,000
Jan Collado de
Jan Collado
300,500 75,500
Paul O'Brien au
Paul O'Brien
296,500 -18,500
Jan Suchanek nz
Jan Suchanek
282,500 92,500
Naz Sibaei
Naz Sibaei
274,500 252,100
Daniel Laidlaw au
Daniel Laidlaw
267,500 240,900
Frank Rusnak us
Frank Rusnak
267,500 87,500

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One Last One for Markholt

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

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 {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{5-Clubs}, and Markholt fired 26,500. Ivey folded, and Markholt scooped the final pot of the night.

Tags: Lee MarkholtPhil Ivey

Huge Clash Leaves Ramakrishnan Heartbroken

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

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 {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} 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 {Q-Hearts} 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.

Ramakrishnan: {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Wilson: {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}

The river brought the meaningless {6-Spades} and Ramakrishnan was knocked out. Wilson is now in second place behind the unstoppable James Obst.

Player Chips Progress
Scott Wilson ca
Scott Wilson
920,000 520,000
Rajkumar Ramakrishnan
Rajkumar Ramakrishnan

Tags: Scott WilsonRajkumar Ramakrishnan

Three More Hands

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

The players have been instructed that they'll play three more hands at each table before bagging and tagging for the night.

Benson Takes Another Hit

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

The board read {5-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} 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 {2-Hearts}{2-Spades} and that beat Benson's {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}.

"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.

Player Chips Progress
Steve Bovya
Steve Bovya
Gary Benson au
Gary Benson
100,000 -130,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Gary BensonSteve Bovya

Rusnak Shown an Underpair

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

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 {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop. The first player bet 40,000, and Rusnak called.

The turn was the {8-Spades}, and the first player fired 70,000. Rusnak folded, and his opponent showed him the {3-Spades}{3-Diamonds} for just a pair of threes.

Player Chips Progress
Frank Rusnak us
Frank Rusnak
180,000 -140,000

Tags: Frank Rusnak

Chidwick Done in by Cowboys

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante
Stephen Chidwick on Day 1c.
Stephen Chidwick on Day 1c.

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.

Chidwick: {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}
Ellis: {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}

According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Ellis was a 69.61% favorite while Chidwick had a 29.60% chance of survival. The {2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop dropped Chidwick's chances to 16.46%, while the {5-Hearts} 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 {Q-Clubs} peeled off.

Player Chips Progress
Ray Ellis
Ray Ellis
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Ray EllisStephen Chidwick

Quads on Board Steal a Pot from Antonius

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

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.

Antonius: {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}
Button: {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The Finn had his opponent dominated and the {7-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} 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 {3-Clubs} peeled off on the turn followed by the {3-Spades} on the river. Both Antonius and his opponent had quads and their aces meant it was a chopped pot.

Tags: Patrik Antonius