Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Theakstone Thrives on Day 1b, Eyes Another Deep Run in Aussie Millions Main Event
Day 1b of the A$10,600 Aussie Millions Main Event attracted 264 players to the felt, virtually copying last year's numbers which eventually produced a record-breaking field. Among the players with vivid memories of the 2019 campaign is Andrew Theakstone who finished in 16th place, notching his first reported live cash.
Theakstone arrived for today's flight and he was able to spin his belongings to a promising 207,300 which catapulted him among Day 1b top stacks—if not into the outright lead. Theakstone had no problem navigating through the seven-level stretch, despite sharing the table with some of the prolific top-shelf grinders such as Seth Davies and Benny Glaser.
While most of the heavyweights competed in another section of the Crown Melbourne poker room (playing the A$50K Challenge), Day 1b still saw dozens of elite players enter the field. Those who finished with solid building blocks included Scott Margereson (144,600) and Alex Lynskey (120,000).
Australian sports legend, former national cricket team captain Shane Warne also joined the contest, which he'd started on a podium where he delivered the shuffle-up-and-deal speech. Warne was squeezed between Kevin MacPhee and Justin Liberto. In the end, neither of the American pros was able to make it through, but Warne found a bag with 29,600.
Guillaume Diaz, Manig Loeser, Sergio Aido, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Stephen Chidwick were all among the 130 or so players who punched their tickets for Day 2, emphasizing the international popularity of the Aussie Millions.
One final starting day is coming up on Sunday, January 19, at 12:30 p.m. local time. Day 1c is expected to bring the largest turnout, so make sure to come back to PokerNews to keep up with the action.
End of Day 1b Counts (full)
MacPhee Eliminated During Final Hands
On one of the last hands of the night, Kevin MacPhee got his last 7,500 in with and dominated the of Alex Lynskey. Unfortunately for MacPhee, Lynskey ran out backdoor Broadway to bust him.
Firdawcy Keeps Raising
On a turn reading , a player in the middle position fired 1,800 and Hamza Firdawcy countered with a 6,800-wager from the button. The other player called and then led out 1,800 again when the landed on the felt. Firdawcy, however, didn't want to keep the showdown so affordable, and he slid in a raise. His opponent mucked within a second, expressing no interest in investing more chips.
Wang Bluffs Off a Heap
With about 20,000 in the pot, Yang Wang had a bet of 38,800 in front of him in middle position. The board read and Jinsoo Kang had bet 12,000 from the button. She tanked several minutes and then called.
Wang shook his head and tossed in, a worthless hand against .
Chip Leaders in the Final Stretch
Aido Rivers Flush to Score Elimination
Sergio Aido three-bet to 4,100 from the cutoff over a 1,500-raise from an early position. The opener called and they went to a flop where Aido fired 4,000. He received a check-call and the landed on the turn. Aido bet 14,000 and his opponent check-shoved for about 40,000. Aido immediately called.
Aido held but he needed help against a flopped top two with .
The river came and Aido's opponent first celebrated, not realizing that Aido hit the winner. "Oh, you hit a flush," he said when he found out that his tournament was over. Aido added a sizeable chunk to his stack and vaulted over 120,000.
Updated Chip Counts
Check-Fold From Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick checked from the small blind in a pot of 28,000 or so. The big blind shoved for about 21,500 with on the felt, Chidwick let it go.