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Event #11: $10,600 Main Event
Day 1c Completed

Jens Lakemeier Grabs 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event Day 1c Lead

donpeters • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Jens Lakemeier
Jens Lakemeier

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 {J-Spades}{9-Hearts}. Volkoff had the {A-Spades}{A-Clubs} and held through the {7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} 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.

Tags: Erik SeidelJames ObstJason MercierJens LakemeierJohn JuandaMartin JacobsonPhil IveyStevan ChewSteve O'DwyerTamara Volkoff

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Happy_Freaked • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Jens Lakemeier at
Jens Lakemeier
at 175,000 85,000
Michael Wang us
Michael Wang
us 165,200 87,200
James Broom au
James Broom
au 150,500 500
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
de 142,600 -7,400
Michael Levy au
Michael Levy
au 137,000 137,000
James Mordue us
James Mordue
us 132,000 17,000
Daniel Braun AU
Daniel Braun
AU 124,300 124,300
Samantha Abernathy us
Samantha Abernathy
us 122,700 22,700
Christian Weichhart DE
Christian Weichhart
DE 121,900 121,900
Richard Bruning us
Richard Bruning
us 118,300 118,300
Patrick Zellweger AU
Patrick Zellweger
AU 111,800 -13,200
Jack Lee us
Jack Lee
us 108,900 108,900
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 107,800 -2,200
Yunhsiang Fan tw
Yunhsiang Fan
tw 107,100 107,100
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
au 105,100 65,100
John Chu au
John Chu
au 103,300 3,300
Stephen Quon AU
Stephen Quon
AU 103,200 103,200
Paawan Bansal in
Paawan Bansal
in 102,300 102,300
Seyedrahim Hosseininasab AU
Seyedrahim Hosseininasab
AU 101,800 101,800
Maximilian Lehmanski de
Maximilian Lehmanski
de 100,600 100,600
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 98,100 -1,900
Alek Givotovsky us
Alek Givotovsky
us 98,000 98,000
Rory Young au
Rory Young
au 97,700 33,700
Benjamin Leblond ca
Benjamin Leblond
ca 95,800 95,800
Gautam Dhingra au
Gautam Dhingra
au 95,100 95,100

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Igor Kurganov Eliminated After Opponent Mis Clicks

Webjoker • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

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 {K-}{9-}{3-} and a {Q-} hit the turn. Kurganov's opponent bet 20,500 and Kurganov made the call with {K-}{10-}. The river was a {10-} and Kurganov's opponent shoved all in. Kurganov had started the hand with 60,000 and now called all in, only to be shown {9-}{9-}. Kurganov's two pair hit the muck and he made his exit in one of the last hands of the day.

Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru Busted

Tags: Igor Kurganov

Chu Gets Some From Jacobson

Happy_Freaked • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

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 {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} 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 {8-Diamonds} hit and now Chu checked to Jacobson who bet 10,000. Chu tanked for a bit before calling, and on the river the {6-Hearts} hit.

Chu lead out on the river for 10,000, and Jacobson tossed in the call, only to muck when he got shown {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}.

Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 110,000 -29,000
John Chu au
John Chu
au 100,000 100,000

Tags: John ChuMartin Jacobson

Five More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

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.

"That Was Some Exciting Poker"

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

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 {4-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. All four players checked, and then action repeated itself on both the {6-Clubs} turn and {2-Hearts} river.

As the last aggressor, Lew was obligated to show first and tabled the {q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. Davies then revealed the {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}, the button folded, and the big blind rolled over the winner with the {5-Hearts}{5-Spades}.

"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.

Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
us 90,000 10,000
Scott Davies us
Scott Davies
us 23,500 -14,500

Tags: Randy LewScott Davies

Kosei Ichinose Eliminated

Webjoker • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

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 {A-}{K-} on the button and saw the big blind shove for 25 big blind. Ichinose called and was up against {A-}{J-}. That player hit a {J-} 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 {A-}{Q-}. The initial raiser had {K-}{K-} and saw that hand hold up as Ichinose hit a queen but nothing more.

Kosei Ichinose jp
Kosei Ichinose
jp Busted

Tags: Kosei Ichinose

Faraz Jaka Hits the Rail

Webjoker • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

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 {A-}{K-} with {A-}{2-} on an {A-}-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.

Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us Busted

Tags: Faraz Jaka

An Intense Chop Between Zhu and Pollak

Happy_Freaked • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

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 {6-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Diamonds} 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 {6-Hearts} 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 {6-Diamonds} river put a full house on the board. Both players eventually checked, and Zhu showed {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} versus Pollak's {A-Spades}{K-Spades}. Pollak had outs the whole way through to win the hand outright, but in the end the pot was chopped.

Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 39,300 -11,700
Yaxi Zhu CN
Yaxi Zhu
CN 33,000 500
Matthew Wakeman au
Matthew Wakeman
au 22,000 -5,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakMatthew WakemanYaxi Zhu