Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Madsen Goes From Two-Outer for Life to Rise Near Top Stacks After Day 2
The 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event fell just two entries short of last year's record, drawing 820 players to the felt. The top 88 finishers will share the A$8,200,000 prize pool with A$1,850,000 reserved for the eventual champion. About 160 players will return to Crown Melbourne for Day 3 on Tuesday, January 21, at 12:30 p.m. local time.
The tournament has cemented its place as one of the major events on anyone's calendar, and the international participation has been well demonstrated today with notable grinders from around the world pulling the strings. Jeff Madsen is a prime example. The American pro may be known mainly for his prowess in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles casinos, but he made the trip across the Pacific to draw a lot of attention on Day 2.
Madsen got involved in a gigantic pot in the fourth level of the day, getting his chips in on the flop with aces. Madsen was up against David Yan's set and Martin Zamani's flush draw. Yan had both of his opponents covered and Madsen could only hope for one out to break even and another to skyrocket near the top of the rankings. The rest of the deck would eliminate him, but he caught the ace of clubs on the river to twist the plot. Madsen would later bag 356,400, which is not enough for the pole position, but enough for the provisional top 10.
Another highly resonating name through the day was that of Fabian Quoss'. The former German high stakes pro, who retired from the game in 2018, returned to Melbourne--where he'd live a few years ago--and his campaign has been excellent so far. After topping the field on Day 1a, Quoss has kept crushing today, torturing his table in many three- and four-bet pots. He finished with 372,400.
The unofficial chip-leading stack belongs to Jordan Tentori (439,700) whose rise to the top accelerated when he coolered Kristen Bicknell in a 200,000-pot with sixes full over deuces full. Other heavy bags belong to Shao Liu (410,000) and Terence Clee (389,300).
Local hero Kahle Burns, who was inducted to the national Poker Hall of Fame today, showcased his talent during the day when he was seen pacing the field. Burns wouldn't eventually finish at the top, losing a portion of his stack towards the end. Still, the high roller from Geelong remains one of the hottest contenders, considering his experience and the 257,100 in his bag.
Defending champ Bryn Kenney had been drawn to the toughest table in the room, but, just as always, he didn't seem to have any problem competing against the best. Kenney will be back with 186,000, which is more than the tournament average.
While Kenney and many stellar grinders made it through, today's stretch saw tons of familiar faces lose their chances at reaching paid places. Those included five former winners: Ami Barer, David Gorr, Toby Lewis, Manny Stavropoulos, and Tyron Krost. That leaves Kenney the only former champ still in the hunt.
Day 3 will bring the fundamental turning point for many with the bubble expected to burst sometime in the middle of the day. There will be another seven levels played and PokerNews will be on the ground to provide live updates from start to finish. Come back at 12:30 local time to follow the action.
Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|8||2||Mike Del Vecchio||United States||164,500||69|
|8||8||Steven Tabb||United States||85,400||36|
|10||1||Aram Zobian||United States||74,000||31|
|10||3||Russell Thomas||United States||198,000||83|
|25||3||Bryce Yockey||United States||148,100||62|
|25||5||Denis Wei Zhang||Australia||62,400||26|
|25||6||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||59,000||25|
|26||5||Sam Cohen||United States||47,700||20|
|26||7||Vivian Im||South Korea||116,900||49|
|26||8||Timothy Chung||Hong Kong||163,200||68|
|27||6||David Steicke||Hong Kong||96,900||40|
|27||8||Jesse Sylvia||United States||26,300||11|
|28||4||Nick Pupillo||United States||281,500||117|
|30||3||Jack Salter||United Kingdom||203,200||85|
|31||2||Sparrow Cheung||Hong Kong||101,300||42|
|31||6||Ngoc Tai Hoang||Australia||109,000||45|
|32||4||Hyung Sun Jung||South Korea||173,200||72|
|32||5||Scott Margereson||United Kingdom||328,900||137|
|32||6||David Miscikowski||United States||252,200||105|
|32||8||Alan Pun||Hong Kong||28,700||12|
|33||4||Michael Gross||United States||104,300||43|
|33||5||Max Deveson||United Kingdom||274,400||114|
|37||1||Jun Ho Hwang||South Korea||63,400||26|
|37||5||Erik Seidel||United States||228,700||95|
|37||6||Dan Shak||United States||77,600||32|
|40||4||Bryn Kenney||United States||186,000||78|
|40||6||Chi Zhang||United Kingdom||168,200||70|
|41||7||Jeff Madsen||United States||356,400||149|
|45||1||Randy Lew||United States||126,400||53|
|45||4||Robert Sanchez Callol||Spain||157,200||66|
|45||5||Lawrence Bayley||United Kingdom||171,800||72|
|45||6||James Romero||United States||148,000||62|
|47||1||Sam Razavi||United Kingdom||155,600||65|
|47||5||Ben Lamb||United States||166,000||69|
|47||7||Jeremy Pekarek||United States||147,600||62|
|48||4||Andrew Moreno||United States||83,400||35|
|48||8||Simon Burns||United Kingdom||264,400||110|
|49||7||Matthew Wantman||United States||343,000||143|
|49||8||Qiu Wenjian||New Zealand||254,600||106|
End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)
The full chip counts will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.
Zhou Takes Another Hit
Igor Yaroshevskyy jammed for 43,100 and was called by big stack Quan Zhou.
Yaroshevskyy tabled the and Zhou was trailing with the .
The board came and the kings held.
Godena Doubles Through Zhou
Quan Zhou was in the big blind, firing 31,000 into 28,000 with the board reading . Jarryd Godena, sitting two seats to Zhou's left, raised all in for slightly more and Zhou called when he found out it was only 34,300. Godena flipped for the nut flush and Zhou flashed before he mucked his hand.
The Last Three Hands on Day 2
The clock has been stopped with ten minutes left in the level and 162 hopefuls still in contention. They will play another three hands until bagging and tagging for the night.
Cheung Doubles Through Maroulis
Sparrow Cheung four-bet jammed for the last 36,800 and three-bettor Spiros Maroulis made the call.
Cheung was at risk with and Maroulis had one overcard in . The board came and Cheung turned the full house to double.
Adams Knocked Out
Timothy Adams got his last 16,200 into the middle with and he raced against . While the flop looked to be decisive, Adams got some hope when a hit the turn. The river, however, missed his gutshot and a eliminated him late into Day 2.
Salter Makes Painful Call to Catch Kenney's Bluff
Bryn Kenney and Jack Salter met in a blind-versus-blind spot, making it to the river of the board with 15,000 in the middle. Kenney checked, Salter fired 5,800, and Kenney check-raised to 31,000.
Salter was visibly puzzled, and he needed several minutes to figure out his move. He kept staring at the board, and eventually convinced himself to look Kenney up. It turned out well for Salter as Kenney had only , and Salter scooped the pot upon showing .