Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
If there's any thought that poker's in a slump in Australia, the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event put it to rest. The Southern Hemisphere's most prestigious tournament attracted 732 players, up 84 players from the year before, and the largest turnout since 2010.
The increased turnout, which also made it the fourth-largest Aussie Millions Main Event in its storied 19-year history, created a juicy prize pool of AU$7.32 million that will be distributed to the top 80 players. Of that, AU$1.6 million has been reserved for the winner.
After five one-hour levels of play on Wednesday, approximately 150 players remained in contention with Australia's own Dylan Honeyman and his stack of 517,200 leading the way.
Among those who will return on Day 3 are Jean-Pascal Savard (455,200), Bobby Zhang (425,900), Daniel Engels (421,300), Jason Brown (401,600), and James Obst (378,500), who all bagged big stacks. Also still alive are Samantha Abernathy (269,500), Mustapha Kanit (269,000), Philipp Gruissem (260,100), Kitty Kuo (233,800), Ari Engel (228,600), Stephen Chidwick (222,900), and Joe Hachem (139,700).
Of course, not everyone was so fortunate. Among those to fall on Day 2 were 2015 European Poker Awards Media Person of the Year Marc Convey, European Poker Tour Malta champ Niall Farrell, Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson, Team PokerStars Pro members Celina Lin, Yaxi Zhu, Bryan Huang, Randy Lew, and Jason Mercier, as well as former Aussie Millions champs Manny Stavropoulos and Tyron Krost.
Stavropoulos and Krost were both eliminated by the same man, Benjamin Pollak, and Stavropoulos' elimination paved the way for no back-to-back winner.
Stavropoulos fell early on when he ran pocket nines into Pollak's tens, and Krost followed him out the door a short time later. If you recall, Krost won the Tournament of Champions back in 2012 — which invited all former Aussie Millions winners to an invite-only freeroll. As a result, he won free buy-ins to the Aussie Millions Main Event for life. Krost was freerolling, but his hope of cashing in came to an end when he ran jacks into Pollak's pocket kings.
That left Ami Barer as the only former champ still in contention. Barer, who topped a field of 668 two years ago, is in good shape to make another deep run bagging a stack of 260,000. Impressively, Barer finished in 11th place last year in his title-defense run.
Day 3 will kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time on Thursday. The money bubble should burst as players look to make it through seven levels of play. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be there every step of the way to capture the action, so be sure to join us then.
In the meantime, check out this "Last Word" game featuring Jessica Dawley:
On the featured table we just saw the tail-end of a three-way all in that involved Richard Ashby, Julian Colman and Tony Dunst. Ashby was the short stack, and all in for 18,400 while Colman risked 77,300 in the following showdown.
The board ran out and both Colman and Ashby were knocked out.
Jonathan Karamalikis may be most well known for his big stacks on the poker felt, but he's also the founder of Big Stack Underwear. Kind of fitting for someone who used to be most known for as "xMONSTERxDONGx" in the online poker realm, right?
At the 2016 Aussie Millions, Karamalikis caught up with PokerNews' Sarah Herring to talk about his new venture and issue a caption contest where you could win a pair of Big Stack Underwear yourself.
And the day is done. Check back soon for end of day chip counts and a recap of todays action.
Well, technically Erik Seidel didn't call with jack high, but we're just fan of the saying.
Action folded to Dietrich Fast and the German WSOPE bracelet winner, who recently lost a lot of chips, asked how much Seidel was playing. Seidel admitted to only have about 30,000 or so left. Fast now opened to 4,000 and Seidel in the big blind was the only caller.
Both players checked the flop and turn to see the complete the board.
Seidel checked again and Fast bet 5,000. Seidel smiled, hummed and shook his head like he had a nice tune on his headphones, and eventually reluctantly called.
Fast asked if he was just called by king-high but Seidel shook his head. Fast then showed his and Seidel tabled for the pair of aces on board with the queen - jack - eight.
Martin Boersma had been nurturing a small stack for many hours, but just now he found himself all in and at risk for about 30,000 against Bobby Zhang.
The board ran out and Boersma was knocked out.
On Day 1b, no one did better than Alex Rocha, who bagged up the chip lead with 166,000. Unfortunately Day 2 hasn't been as kind to him.
Rocha was down to his last 39,600 when he three-bet all in from the big blind after the player on the button raised. The button called and it was off to the races.
The flop paired Rocha's opponent, but fortunately it also contained a nine. the turn guaranteed Rocha would double with his set, and he was pushed the pot after the completed the board on the river.
From early position, James Broom opened with a raise to an unknown amount. Mustapha Kanit reraised from the cutoff seat to 11,600, and play folded back to Broom. He made it 21,500 to go, and Kanit made the call.
The flop fell , and Broom checked. Kanit bet 18,000, and Broom folded.