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

Defending Champion Bryn Kenney Advances in Aussie Millions Main Event

will_shill • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante
Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

This year's Aussie Millions Main Event stands on the cusp of history, with the total number of entrants standing at 803. With late registration open until the start of Day 2, and with 25 joining at that stage last year, the 2019 record of 822 seems well within reach.

Today saw 379 players enter, equalling the record for the biggest single Main Event flight in the tournament's history, with around 185 players making it through to Day 2 which starts at 12:30 p.m. local time on January 20.

Aussie Millions Main Event History

YearEntriesDay 1aDay 1bDay 1cDay 2
2020803*160264379 
201982216526836425
201880021219637913
20177252121843227
20167321802073378
20156481831732893
201466817515332811
20136291571962697
20126591531873172
2011721238209274-
2010746233243270-
2009681191202288-

*denotes registration still open until start of Day 2

2020 Aussie Millions Main Event
2020 Aussie Millions Main Event

With 424 players already entered after the opening flight, organizers knew not only that a big field was expected but also that they were well on their way to breaking the record. A steady stream of players throughout the day saw them break the 800 player mark in the fifth level of the day.

By the end of the seven levels that were scheduled, Kazuhiko Yotsushika appeared to bag the biggest stack, with 252,200, slightly ahead of Kahle Burns (231,700) who was another player to bag above 200,000 in chips.

Also bagging were former champions Toby Lewis (79,400) and Tyron Krost (19,200) and defending champion Bryn Kenney who ran up a stack to bag 106,300.

"I love the city," Kenney told PokerNews. "I love the tournament, plus it started the whole year for me last year. It was a great time, and it was a fun tournament. Not just because I won, but because everyone was super fun to play with."

Other players advancing to Day 2 include Erik Seidel (171,100), Dan Shak (124,600), Kristen Bicknell (111,100), Mikita Badziakouski (87,500), Timothy Adams (84,700), Steve O'Dwyer (59,000), Ben Lamb (56,000), Alexander Trevallion (52,400), Jesse Sylvia (52,000), Allen Kessler (21,200), Orpen Kisacikoglu (14,100) and Dan Smith (12,500).

Players who busted during Flight 3 included WSOP POY Rob Campbell, reigning WSOP APAC champion Scott Davies, Michael Soyza, Tsugunari Toma, Michael Dyer, Sam Greenwood and Matthias Eibinger.

Day 2 of the Aussie Millions Main Event gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on January 20, with a further five 90-minute levels scheduled. Stay tuned to PokerNews for continued live updates including the Day 2 seating draw, prizepool and payouts.

Tags: Alexander TrevallionAllen KesslerBen LambBryn KenneyDan ShakDan SmithErik SeidelJesse SylviaKahle BurnsKazuhiko YotsushikaKristen BicknellMichael DyerMichael SoyzaMikita BadziakouskiOrpen KisacikogluRob CampbellSam GreenwoodScott DaviesSteve O'DwyerToby LewisTsugunari TomaTyron Krost

End-of Day 1c Chip Counts (full)

will_shill • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante
Kazuhiko Yotsushika jp
Kazuhiko Yotsushika
jp 252,200 22,200
Kahle Burns au
Kahle Burns
au 231,700 6,700
Liam Doyle NZ
Liam Doyle
NZ 196,400 196,400
Quan Zhou cn
Quan Zhou
cn 190,400 105,400
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 171,100 26,100
Yosuke Sekiya jp
Yosuke Sekiya
jp 170,200 140,200
David Yan nz
David Yan
nz 157,600 95,600
Daniel O'Shea AU
Daniel O'Shea
AU 156,000 156,000
Max Deveson gb
Max Deveson
gb 145,000 114,000
Russell Thomas us
Russell Thomas
us 142,200 35,200
Spiros Maroulis au
Spiros Maroulis
au 127,300 30,800
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 124,600 37,600
Bruno Portaro au
Bruno Portaro
au 122,200 54,200
James Romero us
James Romero
us 122,000 53,000
Rishabh Vekaria IN
Rishabh Vekaria
IN 119,900
Maxwell Young us
Maxwell Young
us 117,300 22,300
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
ca 116,800 6,800
Zhiliang Zhang CN
Zhiliang Zhang
CN 115,000 57,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
ca 111,100 6,100
Yunye Lu cn
Yunye Lu
cn 109,800
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 106,300 78,800
Terence Clee au
Terence Clee
au 104,300
Ngoc Tai Hoang vn
Ngoc Tai Hoang
vn 102,900
Ashish Gupta au
Ashish Gupta
au 102,700 92,400
Jussi Nevanlinna fi
Jussi Nevanlinna
fi 101,000 74,000

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Final Three Hands

Jan_Kores • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

The tournament staff announced the last three hands of the day. The remaining players will bag their chips thereafter.

Burns Crosses 200K

Jan_Kores • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

In a juicy pot, Kahle Burns was seen shoving on the {7-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{10-Hearts} river from late position. His opponent called for last 40,000 or so and Burns showed him {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} for a straight. Burns' hand was the best as the other player mucked and Burns reached to his left to scoop his neighbor's stack.

Kahle Burns au
Kahle Burns
au 225,000 163,000

Tags: Kahle Burns

Bicknell Forces Out Opponent; Yotsushika Still Going Strong

will_shill • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

Kristen Bicknell opened to 1,400 and called a raise from an opponent to 4,400.

The flop came {7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{3-Spades} and Bicknell checked. The pre-flop raiser bet 5,000 and Bicknell check-raised to 15,000. After a short tank, this was enough for Bicknell to take down the pot as her opponent folded.

Meanwhile, Kazuhiko Yotsushika is continuing to chip up even in the latter stages of Flight 3.

Kazuhiko Yotsushika jp
Kazuhiko Yotsushika
jp 230,000 20,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
ca 105,000 10,000

Tags: Kazuhiko YotsushikaKristen Bicknell

Lew on Losing Side of a Flip

Jan_Kores • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

Randy Lew and his opponent got it in preflop and Lew tabled {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}, hoping for high board against {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. The {q-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts}{6-Spades} runout, however, missed Lew's hand completely and he had to concede 26,500.

Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
us 40,000 -5,000

Tags: Randy Lew

Jetten and Koren Tangle in Four-Bet Pot

Jan_Kores • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

Peter Jetten made it 1,500 in early position and a player in the hijack flatted. Artur Koren squeezed to 6,000 out of the big blind and action was back at Jetten who countered with a 16,000-reraise. The player behind him got out of the way but Koren matched the bid.

The flop came {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and Koren checked to Jetten who fired a small bet of 7,000. Koren called. They both checked the {q-Spades} turn.

Koren checked again on the {4-Clubs} river and Jetten made it 32,000. Koren tanked for about two minutes and then threw his cards away.

Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
ca 110,000 32,000
Artur Koren at
Artur Koren
at 80,000 21,000

Tags: Artur KorenPeter Jetten

Salter Finds a Dub in a Cooler

Jan_Kores • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

Jack Salter ended up all in preflop for his 39,200 and he couldn't pick a better hand to get his money in with. He showed {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} while his opponent turned up {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. The board rolled out {j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} and Salter finished with a straight to claim the 80,000-pot.

Jack Salter gb
Jack Salter
gb 80,000 62,500

Tags: Jack Salter

Lewis Raised Out of It

will_shill • Level 7: 300-600, 600 ante

Tatjana Zizic raised under the gun to 1,300 and got four callers including Toby Lewis in the big blind.

The four players checked the {5-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{a-Spades} flop and the 2018 Main Event champion bet 1,500 on the {3-Diamonds} turn. Zizic called and the river was the {q-Spades}.

Lewis bet 1,500 against and Zizic raised to 5,000. Lewis quickly folded.

Toby Lewis gb
Toby Lewis
gb 72,000 8,000
Tatjana Zizic nz
Tatjana Zizic
nz 35,000 24,900

Tags: Tatjana ZizicToby Lewis