2022 888poker XL Winter Series
A$10,600 Main Event
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A$10,600 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Theakstone Thrives on Day 1b, Eyes Another Deep Run in Aussie Millions Main Event

Jan_Kores • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante
Andrew Theakstone
Andrew Theakstone

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.

Tags: Alex LynskeyAndrew TheakstoneCrown MelbourneScott MargeresonShane WarneStephen Chidwick

End of Day 1b Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante
Andrew Theakstone au
Andrew Theakstone
au 207,300 19,300
Alison Lockwood AU
Alison Lockwood
AU 172,400 -16,600
Jinsoo Kang AU
Jinsoo Kang
AU 165,200 -15,800
Scott Margereson gb
Scott Margereson
gb 144,600 44,600
Michael Behnert DE
Michael Behnert
DE 125,600 -14,400
Slade Fisher nz
Slade Fisher
nz 124,400 124,400
Alex Lynskey au
Alex Lynskey
au 120,000 -20,000
Michael Sideridis AU
Michael Sideridis
AU 119,500
Joseph Cabret
Joseph Cabret
116,500
Robert Sanchez Callol ES
Robert Sanchez Callol
ES 112,600
Zachary Duce AU
Zachary Duce
AU 111,100
Guillaume Diaz fr
Guillaume Diaz
fr 109,000 -18,000
Michael Gross (AU) AU
Michael Gross (AU)
AU 107,400
Niko Koop de
Niko Koop
de 102,700 -2,300
Daniel Gabriel au
Daniel Gabriel
au 102,600
Paul Abela AU
Paul Abela
AU 101,900
Hamza Firdawcy ca
Hamza Firdawcy
ca 101,700 14,700
Tom Rafferty au
Tom Rafferty
au 97,100 18,100
Jeremy Pekarek us
Jeremy Pekarek
us 95,500 66,500
Giovanni Barone AU
Giovanni Barone
AU 93,600
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
de 91,300 33,300
Nicolaos Georgoulas
Nicolaos Georgoulas
90,100
Simen Gulbrandsen NO
Simen Gulbrandsen
NO 89,900
Bradley Corbett
Bradley Corbett
89,600
Petar Vujic AU
Petar Vujic
AU 89,500

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Firdawcy Keeps Raising

Jan_Kores • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

On a turn reading {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}, 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 {4-Clubs} 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.

Hamza Firdawcy ca
Hamza Firdawcy
ca 87,000 10,000

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Wang Bluffs Off a Heap

mnuwwarah • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

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 {q-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{a-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Hearts} and Jinsoo Kang had bet 12,000 from the button. She tanked several minutes and then called.

Wang shook his head and tossed {10-Spades}{8-Spades} in, a worthless hand against {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}.

Jinsoo Kang AU
Jinsoo Kang
AU 181,000
Yang Wang cn
Yang Wang
cn 50,000 -30,000

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Aido Rivers Flush to Score Elimination

Jan_Kores • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante
Sergio Aido
Sergio Aido

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 {a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{10-Spades} flop where Aido fired 4,000. He received a check-call and the {4-Diamonds} landed on the turn. Aido bet 14,000 and his opponent check-shoved for about 40,000. Aido immediately called.

Aido held {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} but he needed help against a flopped top two with {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}.

The river came {j-Diamonds} 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.

Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 123,000 56,500

Tags: Sergio Aido