Live Events 2
Event 5 - $1,150 No Limit Holdem w/ $1,000 rebuys (2-Day Event)
Event 5 - $1,150 No Limit Holdem w/ $1,000 rebuys (2-Day Event)
Day 1 Completed

Day 1 Ends - 14 Players Remain

The day has crawled to a conclusion with the remaining 14 players very content to live to see another day.

Remaining in the field are Anna Wroblewski who will be shooting for her second final table at the 2008 Aussie Millions, well known online superstar Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul and local Australian professional Julian Powell. However, they will all be chasing our tournament chip leader and PokerNews columnist Tony "Bond18" Dunst who is out in front with 138,200 chips after capturing a big pot late in the day.

Play will resume tomorrow at 2:00 p.m local time as we continue our coverage of Event #5 where someone will walk away with an incredible AU$168,320 in prize money, making them the biggest winner of the 2008 Aussie Millions thus far! We hope to see you then!

Zink Eliminated on the Last Hand of the Day

Tony D
Tony D
The cards were pitched to the players with just seconds to go before the tournament clock was stopped for the day. The action folded around to Daniel Zink in the cutoff who opened with a 5,500 raise. The action then fell to Tony Dunst who re-popped it to 14,000 from the button.

Rayan Nathan tanked for a bit before eventually folding his small blind. The action then returned to Zink, who moved all in with no time left on the clock, signaling that this would indeed be the last hand of the day. After some considerable thought, Dunst made the call and turned over {Q-Spades}{10-Spades}; Zink revealed a pocket pair of eights.

The door card was the {Q-Hearts} which drew Zink up and out of his seat as he watched the next two flop cards come {Q-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. The {K-Diamonds} on the turn left Zink hoping for a king on the river to chop the pot, but he would receive no such sympathy from the poker gods, who delivered the {2-Diamonds} instead.

Zink's elimination means that 14 players will return tomorrow for Day 2 action, with Tony D in the chip lead.

Tags: Tony Dunst

Day 1 Coming to a Close

The tournament staff is getting the bags ready for the end of day clerical work. The level ends in seven minutes and it seems as though the 15 remaining players in the tournament are determined to come back tomorrow afternoon for a fresh start.

Saul's Stays Aggressive, Doubles Wang

Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul opened the action with a raise to 5,200 from under-the-gun. David Bach makes the call in early position and the action folds to Robert Wang on the button who shoves for the last of his 13,000 chips. It is passed around to Saul again who re-raises to 35,200 to isolate against the short stack. It works as Bach lays down his hand, and the cards are tabled:

Saul: {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Wang: {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}

The board lands {A-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs}{10-Spades} and Wang more than doubles up to around 35,000 chips. Saul is still well above average with about 80,000 chips, and will be sure to continue his aggression as his opponents start to think about tomorrow!

Tags: Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul

One and Done

The tournament staff has just informed us that we'll play through the end of the current level and then quit for the evening, no matter how many players are left. Play will then recommence tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. local time, instead of the originally scheduled 4:00 start time.

There are currently 33 minutes remaining in the level and the average chip stack is 52,600.

Lomas Flops a Flush, Eliminates Callahan

Tournament chip leader Dane Lomas opened the pot with a 5,000 raise from the button and Frank Callahan countered with a re-raise, moving all in for a total of 16,500 from the small blind. Lomas tanked for quite some time before eventually making the call with {2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}; Callahan tabled {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}.

Hoping for black cards on the flop, Callahan got just the opposite - a three diamond flop which gave Lomas an improbable flush and a lock on the hand.

Callahan took home $5,260 in prize money for his efforts.

Tags: Frank Callahan

Michael Russell Eliminated in 17th Place - AU$5,260

Following a short break, we've lost our 17th place finisher, Michael Russell.

Julian Powell was the initial raiser, making it 6,000 to go from early position. Russell came over the top for all of his remaining chips, and Powell felt that he had the odds to make a call.

Powell: {J-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Russell: {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}

Amazingly the flop landed {2-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} and Powell had somehow snatched the lead. A {9-Clubs} fell on the turn and the table was in shock. A {4-Clubs} on the river and an unlucky Michael Russell is left with nothing but a bad beat story and AU$5,260 in prize money.

Tags: Julian PowellMichael Russell


The tournament clock has been paused while the players take an impromptu break.