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A$25,000 Challenge
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Highlights

A$25,000 Challenge
Day 1 Completed

O'Dwyer Tops 33 Survivors on Day 1 of the A$25,000 Challenge; Rheem and Sinclair Among Big Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jack Sinclair Among the Big Stacks After Day 1
Jack Sinclair Among the Big Stacks After Day 1

The second High Roller event of the 2020 Aussie Millions has gathered the interest of High Roller regulars from near and far who all headed to the poker room of the Crown Casino complex in Melbourne to take part in the A$25,000 Challenge.

One year ago, the very same tournament attracted a field of 151 entries and that was surpassed thanks to 169 entries, which generated a prize pool of A$4,056,000. Reaching the seven-handed final table guarantees a payday of A$131,820 and the winner will walk away with A$1,074,840 and the ANTON Jewellery Championship ring.

After six levels of 40 minutes each and six levels of 60 minutes each, the field was cut down to just 33 survivors and Steve O'Dwyer was the only player to bag up more than half a million in chips, topping the leaderboard with 560,000. Chino Rheem follows in second place with 486,000, George Wolff is right on his heels with 478,000 to complete the overnight podium.

Other notables with above-average stacks in a field with High Roller regulars from all over the world are the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Jack Sinclair (415,500), Sam Greenwood (395,000), Dietrich Fast (354,500), Chin Wei Lim (324,000), Koray Aldemir (318,500), and Kenny Hallaert (259,000).

Among those to bust without anything to show for were defending champion Rainer Kempe, Dan Smith, Ben Lamb, Sam Grafton, Stephen Chidwick, Erik Seidel, Timothy Adams, Manig Loeser, and Michael Addamo. Kahle Burns arrived in Melbourne to become one of the latest entries but couldn't find a bag for Day 2, same also applied for the 2020 Aussie Millions champions Jorryt van Hoof and Sherif Derias.

A$25,000 Challenge Payouts

PlacePayout (AUD)Payout (USD)
1A$1,074,840$743,155
2A$730,080$504,785
3A$466,440$322,501
4A$344,760$238,371
5A$243,360$168,262
6A$172,380$119,185
7-8A$131,820$91,142
9-10A$111,540$77,120
11-12A$91,260$63,098
13-17A$70,980$49,076

When the cards went in the air, more than 50 players were already seated and the field grew bigger by the minute. Several High Rollers had arrived in Melbourne to take part in the Aussie Millions for the first time such as Orpen Kisacikoglu, Martin Zamani, Ivan Deyra, Andras Nemeth, and Matthias Eibinger to name just a few.

Things looked promising for Eibinger and Kempe when they nearly doubled their stacks, but the former lost a big pot with jacks against the king-queen suited of A$25,000 PLO High Roller third-place finisher Najeem Ajez and Kempe ended up second-best with pocket tens against quads deuces on his first bullet. Eibinger busted shortly after the registration closed and Kempe could not spin up his stack in th second attempt either.

Shortly before the dinner break, Bart Lybaert took over the top spot after dominating his six-handed table and sending Richard Sheils to the rail when both flopped top pair. Lybaert was unable to keep up the momentum but ended up with an above-average stack nonetheless while others such as Steve O'Dwyer, Chino Rheem and George Wolff pulled ahead of him.

For the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Toby Lewis, the near-endless streak of success in Melbourne seemed to continue but the Brit came up short with ace-queen against the ace-king of Chin Wei Lim to depart in the final level of the night. Other notables such as Sam Grafton, Mikita Badziakouski, and David Yan also vanished prior to bagging and tagging.

All remaining 33 players will return to their seats on Thursday, January 16th, 2020, as of 2.30 p.m. local time to determine a champion. The blinds will recommence at 2,500-5,000 with a big blind ante of 5,000 and the levels will remain 60-minutes long. Stay tuned to find out who will earn the first seven-figure payday of the 2020 Aussie Millions, as the PokerNews team will be on the floor to provide all the action.

Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
71Tyron KrostAustralia218,00044
72Nicholas WrightAustralia165,00033
73Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom415,50083
74Derek IpHong Kong287,00057
75Vincent HuangAustralia82,00016
      
81Bart LybaertBelgium354,50071
82Michael ZhangUnited Kingdom90,50018
84Farid JattinColombia178,50036
85Justin LibertoUnited States309,00062
86Masato YokosawaJapan337,50068
      
101Nick PupilloUnited States145,00029
102Koray AldemirGermany318,50064
103Martin ZamaniUnited States236,00047
104Elio FoxUnited States131,50026
105Sam GreenwoodCanada395,00079
106Sam HiggsAustralia226,00045
      
141George WolffUnited States478,00096
142Alex TrevallionAustralia256,50051
143Steve O'DwyerIreland560,000112
144Najeem AjezAustralia341,50068
145Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine288,00058
146Nino UllmannGermany195,00039
      
161Spiros MaroulisAustralia212,00042
162Joshua DuceAustralia155,50031
163Ami BarerCanada190,00038
164Yake WuChina166,00033
165Dietrich FastGermany378,00076
166Seth DaviesUnited States59,50012
      
171Kenny HallaertBelgium259,00052
172Geoffrey MooneyAustralia64,00013
173Tom RaffertyAustralia168,50034
174Chino RheemUnited States486,00097
175Chin Wei LimMalaysia324,00065

Tags: Ben LambChin Wei LimChino RheemDan SmithDietrich FastErik SeidelGeorge WolffJack SinclairJorryt van HoofKahle BurnsKenny HallaertKoray AldemirManig LoeserMichael AddamoRainer KempeSam GraftonSam GreenwoodSherif DeriasStephen ChidwickSteve O'DwyerTimothy Adams

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

will_shill • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 560,000 60,000
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
us 486,000 296,000
George Wolff us
George Wolff
us 478,000 73,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 415,500 -14,500
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 395,000 5,000
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
de 378,000 48,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 354,500 -15,500
Najeem Ajez au
Najeem Ajez
au 341,500 -38,500
Masato Yokosawa jp
Masato Yokosawa
jp 337,500 -62,500
Chin Wei Lim my
Chin Wei Lim
my 324,000 -36,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 318,500 198,500
Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
us 309,000 -11,000
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
ua 288,000 38,000
Derek Ip hk
Derek Ip
hk 287,000 -13,000
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
be 259,000 59,000
Alex Trevallion au
Alex Trevallion
au 256,500 126,500
Martin Zamani us
Martin Zamani
us 236,000 6,000
Sam Higgs au
Sam Higgs
au 226,000 56,000
Tyron Krost au
Tyron Krost
au 218,000 8,000
Spiros Maroulis au
Spiros Maroulis
au 212,000 12,000
Nino Ullmann de
Nino Ullmann
de 195,000 99,000
Ami Barer ca
Ami Barer
ca 190,000 50,000
Farid Jattin co
Farid Jattin
co 178,500 48,500
Tom Rafferty au
Tom Rafferty
au 168,500 -21,500
Yake Wu cn
Yake Wu
cn 166,000 -14,000

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Late Double for Wright

zedmaster84 • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Nicholas Wright scored a late double when his {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} held up against the {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} of Justin Liberto thanks to a board of {10-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{2-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}.

Sam Grafton was not as fortunate and sent his chips over to Martin Zamani in the final hands of the night to reduce the field to the final 33 players.

Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
us 320,000 15,000
Martin Zamani us
Martin Zamani
us 230,000 65,000
Nicholas Wright au
Nicholas Wright
au 170,000 70,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb Busted

Tags: Justin LibertoMartin ZamaniNicholas WrightSam Grafton

Late Big Stacks at a Glance

zedmaster84 • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

It appears that Steve O'Dwyer has pulled into the top spot with several other players in contention for the overnight lead.

Mikita Badziakouski and Orpen Kisacikoglu been eliminated, there are 34 players out of 169 entries remaining.

Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 500,000 160,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 430,000 40,000
Masato Yokosawa jp
Masato Yokosawa
jp 400,000 220,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 390,000 -25,000
Najeem Ajez au
Najeem Ajez
au 380,000 110,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 370,000 5,000
Chin Wei Lim my
Chin Wei Lim
my 360,000 10,000
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
de 330,000 -50,000
Tom Rafferty au
Tom Rafferty
au 190,000 -200,000
Yake Wu cn
Yake Wu
cn 180,000 90,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
tr Busted
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by Busted

Tags: Mikita BadziakouskiSteve O'DwyerOrpen Kisacikoglu

Yan Latest Bustout

will_shill • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

David Yan was all in for 105,000 against Justin Liberto, but was in bad shape against a bigger pair.

David Yan: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Justin Liberto: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Yan picked up some extra outs on the {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop, but the {4-Spades}{9-Spades} runout bricked and he was eliminated with just under half an hour left on Day 1.

Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
us 305,000 45,000
David Yan nz
David Yan
nz Busted

Tags: Justin LibertoDavid Yan

No Day 2 for Mirzikinian

zedmaster84 • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Warwick Mirzikinian had been down to around 75,000 when he moved tables and managed to spin up a small profit after that. Eventually, his roller-coaster ride ended just shy of making Day 2 when he squeezed with {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and flopped top pair on {8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}.

Bart Lybaert looked him up with the {a-Spades}{a-Clubs} and Mirzikinian found no help on the {2-Clubs} turn and {4-Hearts} river run out.

Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 365,000 70,000
Warwick Mirzikinian au
Warwick Mirzikinian
au Busted

Tags: Bart LybaertWarwick Mirzikinian

Yan Doubles Through Zamani

zedmaster84 • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

David Yan jammed the button for 51,000 and Martin Zamani checked his cards in the big blind, made the call and then walked away to the nearby cashier to fix an issue.

David Yan: {a-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Martin Zamani: {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}

The board came {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}{q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and Yan doubled.

"Walk away from the table, come on, make him think he won," Warwick Mirzikinian in the three seat joked. Yan did walk away for a few seconds but returned to his seat when Zamani came back, too.

Martin Zamani us
Martin Zamani
us 165,000 35,000
David Yan nz
David Yan
nz 110,000 5,000

Tags: David YanMartin ZamaniWarwick Mirzikinian