LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge
LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge
Day 1 Completed

Another Record-Setting Day of the Aussie Millions Complete

donpeters • Level 9: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel
Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel

Day 1 of the 2014 Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge has come to a close, and it was another record-setting day of action here in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. At the completion of play, a total of 37 entries were generated, setting a new record in this event. Of those, 18 survived to make Day 2 with none other than Erik Seidel leading the way with 944,000 in chips.

Seidel has a nice gap of over 100,000 in chips between him and Tom Dwan in second place with 815,000. From there, Isaac Haxton (800,000), Jason Mercier (767,000), and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (705,000) round out the top five. Timoshenko is currently riding a bit of a hot streak after taking down the $100,000 Challenge in the early hours of the morning for AU$2,000,000.

Much like the $100,000 Challenge event, this event saw several players fire multiple bullets. Igor Kurganov finished the day on 235,000 and entered three times, while Rono Lo bagged up 325,000 and fired two bullets. PokerStars Team Online's Haxton famously fired six bullets in the $100,000 Challenge and busted all of them before coming into this event and firing off two worth AU$250,000 each. He did end up making the second bullet a very successful one by finishing third overall heading into Day 2.

Daniel Negreanu, Philipp Gruissem, and Mike "Timex" McDonald also fired two bullets, but all three of them busted both and did not return for a third time. Registration and reentry will remain open until the start of Day 2 on Monday, so we'll have to wait and see if anyone rocks up for a first, second, or third attempt in this prestigious event.

Speaking of Day 2, the cards will be in the air at 12:30 p.m. local time. The plan is to play down to a winner, and Day 2's levels will be extended to 60 minutes in length. While you wait for Day 2 to roll around, though, be sure to head over to PokerNews' coverage of the Main Event final table. With AU$1,600,000 up top to the winner after a field of 668 runners showed up, it's an exciting event you won't want to miss the conclusion of.

We'll see you right back here tomorrow! Have a good night.

Tags: Erik Seidel

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

donpeters • Level 9: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 944,000 -6,000
Tom Dwan us
Tom Dwan
us 815,000 315,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 800,000 200,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 767,000 -308,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
ua 705,000 320,000
Tony Bloom gb
Tony Bloom
gb 623,000 183,000
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 622,000 72,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
de 620,000 380,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 550,000 -330,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 482,000 32,000
Max Altergott de
Max Altergott
de 468,000 -287,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 455,000 -130,000
Doug Polk us
Doug Polk
us 359,000 39,000
Rono Lo ru
Rono Lo
ru 325,000 85,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 235,000 20,000
Richard Yong my
Richard Yong
my 230,000 78,000
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
de 168,000 -82,000
Paul Phua my
Paul Phua
my 83,000 -217,000

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Bagging and Tagging

donpeters • Level 9: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

The remaining 18 players have completed play for the night and are bagging up their chips. A complete list of chip counts and a recap are to follow.

Gruissem Bounced

donpeters • Level 9: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Philipp Gruissem moved all in for 128,000 from the cutoff seat. Dan Smith reraised all in from the small blind, and everyone else folded. When the hands were tabled, it was Smith's {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} dominating Gruissem's {A-Hearts}{3-Spades}.

The flop, turn, and river came {A-Spades}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}, and Gruissem was eliminated.

Tags: Dan SmithPhilipp Gruissem

Five More Hands

donpeters • Level 9: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that each table will play out five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Bloom Doubles Through Yong

donpeters • Level 9: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Tony Bloom moved all in for 213,000 from middle position, and action folded over to Richard Yong on the button. Yong reraised all in, and that folded everyone else out of the pot to leave Bloom's {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs} up against Yong's {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {10-Clubs}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}, and Bloom doubled up. Yong was left with a little over 150,000 in chips.

Tony Bloom gb
Tony Bloom
gb 440,000 255,000
Richard Yong my
Richard Yong
my 152,000 -298,000

Tags: Tony BloomRichard Yong