2019 Aussie Millions

AU$10,600 Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2019 Aussie Millions

Final Results
1,272,598 AUD
Event Info
10,600 AUD
Prize Pool
8,220,000 AUD
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

AU$10,600 Main Event

Day 2 Completed

De Goede Tops Moving Day; Aussie Millions Sets a New Record

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Pim De Goede
Pim De Goede

Before the cards for Day 2 of the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event were in the air, a new record attendance was in sight as 797 players had entered the A$ 10,600 flagship event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne throughout the three starting days At least 405 hopefuls returned to the poker room of the biggest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere and the registration for the flagship event of the record-setting festival remained open for the first 90-minute level.

Thanks to 25 new entries on Day 2, the field size increased to 822 entries in total and a new record was set once more with a total prize pool of A$ 8,220,000 up for grabs. Only the top 88 spots will get paid at least A$ 15,600 while the winner of the record-setting 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event can look forward to a payday of A$ 1,850,000.

More than half of the remaining field will leave empty-handed when the race to the money will get underway on Day 3 and best-positioned after the 12th level of play is Dutchman Pim De Goede. He may not be well-known yet on the live circuit yet, but has recently scored one of the biggest paydays in the history of online poker. De Goede won a tight race for the overnight chip lead and bagged up 413,000. He is closely followed by Bjorn Ostby (386,300) and Ben Lai (378,000). Further big names in the top 10 include David Yan (363.300), Michael Soyza (317,100), Minh Nguyen (315,700) and Maxi Lehmanski (314,000).

Some of Australia's finest also remains in the hunt for the title on home soil such as Michael Egan (292,800), Michael Addamo (279,300), Corey Kempson (238,800), Matthew Wakeman (217,700), Rory Young (210,000) and Jackie Glazier (149,900). The sole remaining former Aussie Millions Main Event champion is Tyron Krost with 122,700, whereas defending champion Toby Lewis and David Gorr were eliminated on Day 2.

Before the action of the day got underway, Joe Hachem awarded the Australian Poker Young Achiever award to Alex Lynskey followed by the induction of Jonathan Karamalikis into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame. Karamalikis is the youngest player to achieve this. While Karamalikis had already been eliminated on Day 1c, Lynskey remained in contention and bowed out just before bagging and tagging after losing almost all of his chips with queens to kings in the final level of the night.

Jonathan Karamalikis
Jonathan Karamalikis inducted into Australian Poker Hall of Fame

Throughout the five 90-minute levels on the moving day of the tournament, plenty of notables fell short in their bid to claim a stack for the expected money bubble on Day 3 and that also included Toby Lewis. After running hot in the High Roller events of the current year with a victory and runner-up finish, the Brit was unable to defend his Main Event title. Australian Poker Hall of Fame members Jason Gray and Mel Judah were also among the plentiful casualties, as were big names such as Scott Davies, Benny Glaser, Maria Ho, Rainer Kempe, Tom Alner, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Maria Lampropulos.

Fewer than 170 players bagged up chips and they will return to the poker room at Crown Casino on Thursday, January 31, as of 12:30 p.m. (AEDT) for Day 3. The action recommences in level 13 with blinds of 1,200/2,400 and a running ante of 400. Another seven 90-minute levels are scheduled and the money bubble is expected to burst.

You can follow all the action right here on PokerNews, the one-stop-shop for all updates from the 2019 Aussie Millions.

2019 Aussie Millions Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
71Anthony KingstonAustralia39,90017
72Manig LoeserGermany124,40052
73James PetzingUnited States114,40048
74Chris WookeyAustralia58,60024
75Fedon PhaedonosAustralia55,20023
76Roy AgrestaAustralia167,20070
77Andrew SalibaAustralia45,50019
78Mile KrstanoskiAustralia103,00043
81Joel HaveaAustralia152,30063
82Gavin FlynnIreland185,00077
83Enrico RudelitzGermany76,70032
84Anthony HarachUnited States138,80058
85Kitson KhoHong Kong32,40014
86Scott Hamilton-HillNew Zealand150,00063
87Aram ZobianUnited States44,20018
88John ChuAustralia62,50026
101Rory YoungAustralia210,00088
102Hamish CrawshawNew Zealand157,80066
103Harry BasleAustralia68,80029
104Pim De GoedeNetherlands413,000172
105Yustinus KaribAustralia63,30026
106Ajay ChabraUnited States256,700107
107Chun KwokHong Kong162,70068
108Justin RoperAustralia52,00022
251Mike Del VecchioUnited States280,300117
252Shane MoranAustralia346,900145
253Maxi LehmanskiGermany314,000131
254Gregory WoodmanAustralia64,70027
255Jason PritchardAustralia66,30028
256Senthil SubramaniamAustralia144,80060
257Wei ZhangUnited States72,40030
258Martin RoweAustralia108,80045
261Vinod MegalmaniIndia29,50012
262Spiros MaroulisAustralia308,700129
263Aditya SushantIndia292,800122
264Samuel WelbourneUnited Kingdom118,00049
265Dominik PankaPoland103,00043
266Cole SwannackNew Zealand236,60099
267Celina LinChina62,60026
268Jan LarssonSweden84,30035
271James BroomAustralia23,00010
272Vojtech RuzickaCzech Republic51,50021
273Robert GlasspoolHong Kong224,60094
274Chit Loong SawTaiwan142,20059
275Julian StuerAustria195,00081
276Robert KaggerudNorway24,80010
277Nauvneel KashyapAustralia166,80070
278Ryan OttoNew Zealand272,500114
281Hayato KitajimaJapan32,90014
282Tolly SakellariouAustralia162,50068
283Mikel HabbAustralia76,10032
284Jerome TanAustralia45,20019
285Tao ChenChina299,100125
286Clinton TaylorAustralia224,20093
287Jesse SylviaUnited States155,80065
288Simon ChahineAustralia56,10023
291Paawan BansalIndia197,30082
292Karim JomeenUnited Kingdom58,60024
293Karl SymondsAustralia108,20045
294Thibaut KlinghammerFrance89,30037
295Jiachen GongCanada21,4009
296Angel GuillenMexico49,30021
297Ravi MaravarAustralia120,50050
298Kevin ClarkNew Zealand233,40097
301Takashi OguraJapan53,50022
302Michael SoyzaMalaysia317,100132
303John DugganUnited Kingdom188,50079
304Jackie GlazierAustralia149,90062
305Michael SongUnited States119,10050
306Huijie ZhouChina232,60097
307Christian NolteAustria289,900121
308Zackery LowrieAustralia178,80075
311Richard AshbyUnited Kingdom174,00073
312Bryn KenneyUnited States153,80064
313Jie GaoCanada157,80066
314Kiavash ArbabiAustralia116,40049
315Jeremy PekarekUnited States137,90057
316Andrew HinrichsenAustralia75,00031
318Sosia JiangNew Zealand44,50019
321Do HoangVietnam58,50024
322Michael GathyBelgium198,00083
323Gyeong Byeong LeeKorea286,000119
324Vincent HuangUnited States125,50052
325Oliver GillAustralia247,900103
326David YanNew Zealand363,300151
327Paul PalsovicAustralia122,60051
328Dennis HuntlyAustralia32,00013
331Tatjana ZizicNew Zealand78,80033
332Harold ChandlerAustralia145,50061
333Chao DuanChina267,100111
334Michael EganAustralia292,800122
335Mario MosbockAustria166,40069
336Bjorn OstbyAustralia386,300161
337Kanaan YakhannaAustralia48,90020
338Michael BehnertGermany163,80068
411Bas De LaatNetherlands171,80072
412Ben LaiHong Kong378,000158
413Rodrigo MenesesAustralia52,00022
414Ashish GuptaAustralia45,50019
415Yosuke SekiyaJapan185,20077
416Ryan BowndsAustralia130,30054
417Morgane PortierFrance142,20059
418Attila BognarAustralia92,10038
421Melana PetrackAustralia35,80015
422Andrew TheakstoneAustralia152,40064
423Luc MeritanFrance218,90091
424Shane CranneyAustralia59,60025
425Ali GhezelbashAustralia214,00089
426Tobias ZieglerGermany196,40082
427Billy ArgyrosAustralia121,40051
428Jongwon YoonKorea228,30095
431Dingxiang OngSingapore316,300132
432Kilian LoefflerGermany187,10078
433Antonio TavellaAustralia178,40074
434Matthew RichardsAustralia40,30017
435Kishore KumarAustralia227,80095
436David WangAustralia139,20058
437Dejan Boskovic SrAustralia114,30048
438Bruno PortaroAustralia185,20077
441Jamie LeeAustralia27,30011
442Andrew MichaelAustralia81,50034
443James RannUnited Kingdom124,50052
444Yang LeiAustralia88,30037
445Ngoc HoangVietnam183,00076
446Matthew WakemanAustralia217,70091
447Norihiro OtaniJapan212,40089
448Mitchell WatsonAustralia69,00029
451Corey KempsonAustralia238,800100
452Robert SpanoAustralia106,10044
453Miroslav SheyninNew Zealand50,40021
454Martin WardAustralia95,20040
455Michael AddamoAustralia279,300116
456Farid JattinColombia246,700103
457Zizheng HuangChina39,40016
458Taylor BlackUnited States38,00016
461Dylan HoneymanAustralia77,70032
462Jim ChahoudAustralia87,90037
463Yuri IshidaJapan160,50067
464Orjan SkommoNorway243,200101
465Hussein HassanAustralia198,50083
466Andrian ChinAustralia298,800125
467Jack SalterUnited Kingdom202,90085
468Wang Yi LongChina222,80093
471Quan ZhouChina219,20091
472Minh NguyenAustralia315,700132
473Takahiro NakaiJapan60,30025
474Stefano AccardoAustralia179,20075
475Martin FingerGermany128,00053
476Mihai BarbuAustralia251,100105
477Adrian IndovinoAustralia216,20090
478Tristan BainAustralia190,00079
481Ajay GnanasambanthanUnited States113,00047
482Yi HuangChina34,00014
483Nicholas WrightAustralia189,40079
484David HanlonAustralia22,80010
485Constantin HarachAustralia37,10015
486Andrew ChenCanada111,30046
487Patrick VoAustralia52,70022
488Jun JiaTaiwan166,60069
491Casey KastleSlovenia49,20021
492Paul RasetaAustralia37,70016
493Tyron KrostAustralia122,70051
494Greg HeaverAustralia172,00072
495Alex GibbonsAustralia57,10024
496Daniel ChambersUnited States238,40099
497Nazih SibaeiAustralia116,80049
498Luke RobertsAustralia128,70054

Tags: Alex LynskeyAussie MillionsBen LaiBenny GlaserBjorn OstbyCorey KempsonDavid GorrDavid YanDzmitry UrbanovichJackie GlazierJason GrayJoe HachemJonathan KaramalikisMaria HoMaria LampropulosMatthew WakemanMaxi LehmanskiMel JudahMichael AddamoMichael EganMichael SoyzaMinh NguyenPim de GoedeRainer KempeRory YoungScott DaviesToby LewisTom AlnerTyron Krost

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Player Chips Progress
Pim De Goede nl
Pim De Goede
413,000 43,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Bjorn Ostby au
Bjorn Ostby
386,300 -8,700
Ben Lai hk
Ben Lai
378,000 -12,000
David Yan nz
David Yan
363,300 -51,700
Shane Moran au
Shane Moran
346,900 282,800
Michael Soyza my
Michael Soyza
317,100 7,100
Dingxiang Ong sg
Dingxiang Ong
316,300 36,300
Minh Nguyen au
Minh Nguyen
315,700 95,700
Maxi Lehmanski de
Maxi Lehmanski
314,000 44,000
Spiros Maroulis au
Spiros Maroulis
308,700 -84,300
Tao Chen cn
Tao Chen
299,100 271,800
Andrian Chin au
Andrian Chin
298,800 102,800
Michael Egan au
Michael Egan
292,800 247,700
Aditya Sushant in
Aditya Sushant
292,800 62,800
WSOP 1X Winner
Christian Nolte at
Christian Nolte
289,900 229,900
Gyeong Byeong Lee kr
Gyeong Byeong Lee
286,000 31,000
Mike Del Vecchio us
Mike Del Vecchio
280,300 180,300
Day 4 Chip Leader
WPT 1X Winner
Michael Addamo au
Michael Addamo
279,300 204,300
WSOP 4X Winner
Ryan Otto nz
Ryan Otto
272,500 129,300
Chao Duan cn
Chao Duan
267,100 47,100
Ajay Chabra us
Ajay Chabra
256,700 -3,300
Mihai Barbu au
Mihai Barbu
251,100 -8,900
Oliver Gill au
Oliver Gill
247,900 87,900
Farid Jattin co
Farid Jattin
246,700 86,700
Orjan Skommo no
Orjan Skommo
243,200 199,300

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Day 2 Completed

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

Fewer than 170 players have bagged up for the night and almost half of the remaining field will leave empty-handed on Day 3, as just the top 88 spots get paid. The full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Three More Hands

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

The remaining 169 players have been advised that they will play three more hands before bagging up for the night.

Marquez's Move At the Wrong Time

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Ana Marquez
Ana Marquez

In a battle cutoff versus button, the turn showed {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and Chao Duan bet 20,000. Ana Marquez moved all in for 65,700 and Duan asked for a count before reluctantly calling it off.

As soon as Marquez turned over her {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}, Duan revealed {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} for the better pair, gutshot and nutflush draw. He also let out a "what?" as he was surprised to see what Marquez had gone all in with.

The river was the {3-Diamonds} and Marquez was sent to the rail.

"Yeah, that was pretty bad," she added with a smile on the face while gathering her belongings.

Player Chips Progress
Chao Duan cn
Chao Duan
220,000 90,700
Ana Marquez es
Ana Marquez

Tags: Ana MarquezChao Duan

Yan Still Over 400,000 Despite Swannack Quads

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

On a {k-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} board David Yan bet 6,000 and opponent Cole Swannack called.

The river was the {3-Diamonds} and Yan bet 30,000. Swannack thought before raising to 145,000 which elicited a quick fold from Yan.

Swannack turned over {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for quads and moved over 250,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
David Yan nz
David Yan
415,000 -35,000
Cole Swannack nz
Cole Swannack
255,000 50,000
Day 1C Chip Leader

Tags: Cole SwannackDavid Yan

Lai Gets Paid

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Ben Lai
Ben Lai

The tower of chips in front of Ben Lai just received a decent boost when his {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} made a back door full house to beat the ace-queen of an opponent, who had flopped top pair and top kicker. Other notables to rise in the counts include Mihai Barbu, Aditya Sushant, Maxi Lehmanski and Michael Soyza.

Player Chips Progress
Ben Lai hk
Ben Lai
390,000 100,000
Michael Soyza my
Michael Soyza
310,000 50,000
Maxi Lehmanski de
Maxi Lehmanski
270,000 105,000
Mihai Barbu au
Mihai Barbu
260,000 133,000
Aditya Sushant in
Aditya Sushant
230,000 160,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Tyron Krost au
Tyron Krost
140,000 10,000

Tags: Aditya SushantBen LaiMaxi LehmanskiMichael SoyzaMihai Barbu

Maroulis Eliminates Van Heuvel

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

There was already 40,000 in the pot and the flop showed {10-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}.

Spiros Maroulis was seated under the gun and had yet to act.

John van Heuvel then moved all in for around 67,000 from middle position not realising he was out of turn.

"I need some coffee," stated a tired Van Heuvel, after noticing his mistake.

Maroulis then moved all in over the top which had Van Heuvel well covered.

The thought then was that Van Heuvel would have his option back but the ruling on the floor was that because he had announced all in he was bound to the action. The cards were then tabled.

Spiros Maroulis: {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
John van Heuvel: {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}

Van Heuvel had the lead with top pair until the {9-Spades} dropped on the turn giving Maroulis two pair.

The {3-Hearts} completed the board and Van Heuvel thought he had won with a higher two-pair not noticing that Maroulis had indeed improved to a flush.

Van Heuvel was sent to the rail and Maroulis raced to just short of 400,000 nearing the end of Day 2's play.

Player Chips Progress
Spiros Maroulis au
Spiros Maroulis
393,000 312,000
John van Heuvel us
John van Heuvel

Tags: John van HeuvelSpiros Maroulis

Lynskey Out

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Alex Lynskey
Alex Lynskey

Zizheng Huang opened to 5,000 and got two callers before Alex Lynskey min three-bet to 8,000. Huang then four-bet all in, getting two folds, before Lynskey put the rest of his chips in.

"Flipping?" asked Huang.

"I hope so," replied Lynskey, showing {10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}

Lynskey was not flipping, with Huang turning over {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}.

There was no help on the {q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs} for the 2018 Australian Poker Hall of Fame Young Achiever Award-winner, and he was dead on the {a-Diamonds} turn. The river was the {6-Hearts} and Lynskey was eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Zizheng Huang cn
Zizheng Huang
110,000 94,700
Alex Lynskey au
Alex Lynskey

Tags: Alex LynskeyZizheng Huang