Day 1c Completed
Day 1c Completed
With a stack of 175,000 in chips, Jens Lakemeier finished atop the final starting day's leaderboard, but he isn't the player to catch heading into Wednesday's Day 2 of the Southern Hemisphere's most prestigious poker tournament. That position belongs to James Obst, who bagged up 212,000 on Day 1a.
After seven levels of action, the final starting flight in the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event came to a close in the very early hours of Wednesday morning at Crown Melbourne. Day 1c was a day that saw the largest group of competitors take to the felt in order to push the total number of entries up over 700 and make this year's event the fourth largest in the tournament's 19-year history. It was also a day that saw poker stars Phil Ivey, John Juanda, and Steve O'Dwyer hit the rail, while the likes of Martin Jacobson, Erik Seidel, and Jason Mercier advanced.
Ivey was eliminated in Level 6 by Australian Tamara Volkoff. With the blinds at 250/500/75, Ivey was all in for his short stack of 2,725 with the . Volkoff had the and held through the board to bust Ivey. Juanda busted in the same level to Stevan Chew, and O'Dwyer went out one level prior when he ran queens into kings.
Of the 337 that entered on Day 1c, around 200 survived the day. Those survivors will combine with the ones from Day 1a and Day 1b to form the complete Day 2 field for Wednesday, but more names could be added to the mix because late registration will remain open until the end of the first level of play on Day 2.
Day 2 will begin at 12:30 p.m. local time, and we here at PokerNews will happily see you then.
In one of the last hands of the day, Igor Kurganov got eliminated. Kurganov opened to 1,300 from middle position and his neighbor in the hijack made the call. The small blind tossed in four 5,000-chips and two 100-chips and action got back to Kurganov. Kurganov thought it was 4,200 and five-bet to 11,200, but than it turned out to be 20,200 and he had to call. The other player folded.
Both players checked on and a hit the turn. Kurganov's opponent bet 20,500 and Kurganov made the call with . The river was a and Kurganov's opponent shoved all in. Kurganov had started the hand with 60,000 and now called all in, only to be shown . Kurganov's two pair hit the muck and he made his exit in one of the last hands of the day.
Harris Meitanis raised before the flop, only to get called by three players including John Chu and Martin Jacobson on his direct left. The flop brought out and Meitanis checked to Chu who bet 4,500, and Jacobson called. The action folded back to Meitanis, and he went into the tank for a long time.
Eventually Meitanis called over one of this friends, and showed his cards to him, which stirred up a little controverse. This however died down quickly when Tom Hall called the clock, and Meitanis eventually folded. Later Meitanis said to have folded ace-jack, and that he was fully committed to check-raising the flop all in, but he reconsidered after Jacobson called Chu's bet.
"I thought I was beating one guy, but not both of them," Meitanis said.
On the turn the hit and now Chu checked to Jacobson who bet 10,000. Chu tanked for a bit before calling, and on the river the hit.
Chu lead out on the river for 10,000, and Jacobson tossed in the call, only to muck when he got shown .
The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players will play five more hands at each table before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to capture any last minute action and to compile a list of chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1c action.
Team Online's Randy Lew opened for 1,400 under the gun and Scott Davies, who was to his direct left, made the call. The player on the button came along, as did the big blind, and four players took a flop of . All four players checked, and then action repeated itself on both the turn and river.
As the last aggressor, Lew was obligated to show first and tabled the . Davies then revealed the , the button folded, and the big blind rolled over the winner with the .
"Awww, I thought I had it for a second," Davies joked. "That was some exciting poker."
It may not have been that exciting, but it gave us a good excuse to update you on both Davies and Lew's counts.
We spotted Japanese PokerStars Team Pro Kosei Ichinose on the rail and he told us what had happened.
In the previous level Ichinose had opened with on the button and saw the big blind shove for 25 big blind. Ichinose called and was up against . That player hit a on the flop to stay alive and leaf Ichinose crippled.
Just about 20 minutes ago the player under the gun had opened to 1,300 and Ichinose had shoved for his last 9,000 with . The initial raiser had and saw that hand hold up as Ichinose hit a queen but nothing more.
We saw Faraz Jaka shamble to the rail and went into pursuit to ask him what had happened. He told us that he had started the hand with about 30 big blinds and found himself up against with on an -high board with a flush draw three-way. Long story short: Jaka got it in while dominated, and didn't come from behind to stay alive. Exit for Jaka in the last level of the day.
Matthew Wakeman just raised to 1,300 from the hijack and Yaxi Zhu three-bet from his direct left to 3,400. Benjamin Pollak, in the small blind, made the call and Wakeman tanked for a bit before making the call as well.
The flop brought out and both Pollak and Wakeman checked quickly. Zhu gave it some thought before betting 3,300, after which she stared down Pollak. While Pollak tanked, Zhu stared at him, but Wakeman stared at Zhu to create an interesting three-way staring contest.
After a while Pollak called, and Wakeman seemed to have found what he was looking for and folded his cards.
The turn brought the and Pollak checked quickly again before Zhu looked down at her chips and bet 9,000.
Pollak tanked for a decent amount of time before calling, and the river put a full house on the board. Both players eventually checked, and Zhu showed versus Pollak's . Pollak had outs the whole way through to win the hand outright, but in the end the pot was chopped.