2014 Aussie Millions

$100,000 Challenge
Day: 1
Event Info

2014 Aussie Millions

Final Results
Winning Hand
2,000,000 AUD
Event Info
98,500 AUD
Prize Pool
7,486,000 AUD
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000

$100,000 Challenge

Day 1 Completed

Mike McDonald Leads After Day 1 of the $100,000 Frenzy

Level 9 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

Day 1 of the 2014 Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge was, well, an insane flurry of action like nothing we've ever seen before. At the end of the day, 66 entries were generated. Ten of those came from the tandem of Isaac Haxton and Daniel Negreanu, each of whom fired five bullets into the event. Negreanu ended the day with 221,500 in chips, while Haxton busted for a fifth time.

Leading the 29 survivors into Day 2 was Mike "Timex" McDonald. After a making a late appearance to this year's festival, McDonald finished an exciting first day with a field-leading 468,500 in chips. The only other player over 400,000 to finish was Paul Newey, and he bagged up 428,500. Then Richard Yong, Antonio Esfandiari, and Phil Ivey round out the top five stacks.

With over 40 unique players in the event, the field was jam packed with poker's high-rolling superstars. Jason Mercier, Justin Bonomo, Doug Polk, Viktor Blom, Patrik Antonius, Fabian Quoss, Philipp Gruissem, Mike Watson, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Tom Dwan were just a handful of names to take a shot (or two, or three) and advance to Day 2. Joining them will be reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess, who he bagged up 208,500 in chips.

Furthermore, there are rumors swirling of even more entries to come. Registration and reentry will remain open right up until the start of Day 2 at 12:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, and the word on the street is that Tobias Reinkemeier will be back in the mix after busting, and Sorel Mizzi and Scott Seiver may join up on their day off from the Main Event final table. The field could easily eclipse 70 entries, which would put quite the icing on the cake for this highly-anticipated event.

The Day 2 table draw, prize pool, and payouts won't be made available until registration officially closes, so you will have to stay tuned for that information. If Day 1 is any hint of what's to come in this event, Day 2 will be a day you won't want to miss. Be sure to stay tuned right here to PokerNews for all of the live updates straight from the tournament floor as we hunker down for a long finish.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 9 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

With 29 players remaining, Mike "Timex" McDonald has the chip lead entering Day 2. Official end-of-day chip counts are posted below and a recap will follow shortly.

Player Chips Progress
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
468,500 201,500
EPT 1X Winner
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
428,500 18,500
Richard Yong my
Richard Yong
379,500 199,500
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
364,000 -161,000
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 2X Winner
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
341,500 101,500
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 1X Winner
Tom Dwan us
Tom Dwan
323,000 63,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
310,000 -20,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Winfred Yu hk
Winfred Yu
301,000 21,000
Max Altergott de
Max Altergott
288,800 48,800
Paul Phua my
Paul Phua
274,000 -71,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
258,000 23,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
233,000 58,000
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
221,500 121,500
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
219,500 -55,500
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
208,500 33,500
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
202,000 102,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Doug Polk us
Doug Polk
177,500 -197,500
WSOP 3X Winner
Tony Bloom gb
Tony Bloom
171,000 21,000
Patrik Antonius fi
Patrik Antonius
151,000 -19,000
EPT 1X Winner
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
141,000 55,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Jason Mo us
Jason Mo
141,000 -59,000
Max Lehmanski de
Max Lehmanski
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
123,500 -126,500
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 2X Winner
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
110,000 10,000
Full Tilt Professional
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
104,000 4,000

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Three More Hands

Level 9 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

Christoph Vogelsang has opted to reenter. He won't get much of a chance to run it up though as the tournament staff has just announced that they will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

We're headed out to catch any last minute action and to compile some counts, so stay tuned for those as well as a recap of the Day 1 action.

Player Chips Progress
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
100,000 100,000