Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The opening event of the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship played into the money and down to the final two tables at Crown Entertainment Complex Sunday.
The 126-player money bubble burst early in the day when chip leader Hon Cheong Lee made a straight on the river to crack Stephen Boots' top pair.
But Lee would not hang onto the lead, Aussie Daniel Neilson ran hot and took control at the midway point of the day before Lee handed the lead to Aditya Rao in a massive cooler with queens against kings.
Rao became the first player over and above the one-million chip mark, but others would catch up. By the time they got down to three tables remaining, Kevin Blackwood, Louis Salter and Phachara Wongwichit had all pushed over one million with Rao joing an ever growing group of players just below that mark.
While they got into the money today, recognizable names like 2012 World Series of Poker November Niner Rusell Thomas (106th Place $3,245), Two-time European Poker Tour Main Event finalist Xuan Liu (86th Place $3,515), Australian Poker Hall of Fame member Van Marcus (58th Place $3,790), EPT Season 12 Malta winner Niall Farrell (26th $6,495), and US Television Writer and Producer Matt Salsberg (23rd Place $7,575) could not manage a truly deep run.
Once ten 60-minute levels were through just 17 players remained with Canadian Sean Giesbrecht holding the chip lead.
The entire group will come back to play down to a champion inside the Crow Poker Room beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday with a $275,300 first-place prize and a coveted Aussie Millions title hanging in the balance.
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand for all the action, so stay tuned to follow it all until another Aussie Millions winner is crowned.
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|28||2||Jacob Elmore Dahl||USA||1,449,000|
|28||7||Louis Salter||United Kingdom||1,300,000|
From the button, Stephen Koutsouvelis moved all in for 199,000 and the action reached Ferenc Riech in the big blind. The German snap-called with and had to face three aces in the deck, his opponent flipped over .
Unfortunately for Riech and much to the pleasure of the Australian rail, the flop provided two aces in . Neither the turn nor the river changed the outcome and the Aussies celebrated.
The remaining 17 players will be playing three more hands before they get to bag and tag.
Jacob Elmore Dahl was so impressed with his last double up he decided to relive the hand on his phone through the Pokernews App. By the time he had finished stacking his chips the hand was live on Pokernews.com!
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Aditya Rao opened to 50,000 from the cutoff and Sean Giesbrecht called on the button to see a flop of . Both players checked and Rao then bet the turn for 55,000. Giesbrecht called, then folded the river to a second barrel.
Andre De Melo flipped with against the pocket nines of Patrick Fletcher and doubled up to almost half a million in chips after the board ran out . Just one hand later, de Melo got his stack in again and this time he only had three outs. Sean Giesbrecht more than happily looked him up:
The board came and the kings helped Giesbrecht into the overall lead, sending de Melo to the rail in 18th place.