$10,300 Main Event
$10,300 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Big Names and partypoker Pros Advance on partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas @ Aria Day 1a

will_shill • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton

Day 1a of the inaugural $10,300 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas @ Aria attracted 222 entrants and after eight levels just 143 players have booked their place in Day 2 on Sunday.

A selection of big names headed over to the Aria to check out partypoker's first foray into the American market, and right in the midst of a packed Vegas summer schedule of poker.

partypoker Chairman Mike Sexton (221,500) as well as partypoker pros such as Mikita Badziakouski (203,500), Bertrand Grospellier (263,000), Kristen Bicknell (87,500), Anatoly Filatov (83,000), Ludovic Geilich (90,000), Joao Simao (239,000) and Team Online's Jeff Gross (116,500) all jumped in on Day 1a and made it through.

The only partypoker pro to bust on Day 1a was Roberto Romanello. His kings were flushed away by an opponent, and he has the opportunity to re-enter tomorrow, or until the start of Level 11 on Day 2.

Other players who will need to fire a second bullet if they are to make Day 2 include Niall Farrell, James Romero, Ben Heath, Dan Smith, Aymon Hata, Danny Tang and Andreas Eiler.

Govert Metaal
Govert Metaal

The chip leader looks like being Govert Metaal with 482,500 closely followed by Justin Liberto (413,000). Players over 300,000 were at a premium but Craig Varnell (355,500) managed it as he continues his recovery from a freak head injury earlier this summer.

Big names such as Joe Cada (267,500), Frank Crivello (250,000), Daniel Strelitz (244,500), Sergio Aido (236,000), John Cynn (231,500), Daniel Neilson (220,500) and Adrian Mateos (202,500) all bagged healthy stacks.

PokerNews will be keeping you up to date throughout the rest of the partypoker MILLIONS so stay tuned for updates of all the action.

Tags: Andreas EilerAymon HataBen HeathBertrand GrospellierDan SmithDanny TangJames RomeroJeff GrossJoao SimaoKristen BicknellLudovic GeilichMike SextonMikita BadziakouskiNiall FarrellRoberto Romanello

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

will_shill • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
nl 482,500 -9,500
Pablo Brito Silva br
Pablo Brito Silva
br 464,000 464,000
Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
us 413,000 413,000
Craig Varnell us
Craig Varnell
us 355,500 -19,500
Uri Reichenstein il
Uri Reichenstein
il 320,000 111,800
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
us 306,500 206,500
Matthias Eibinger at
Matthias Eibinger
at 302,500 152,500
Sergey Konovalov ru
Sergey Konovalov
ru 299,500 149,500
David Maudlin gb
David Maudlin
gb 297,500 297,500
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
lt 297,000 297,000
Chi Zhang gb
Chi Zhang
gb 277,000 277,000
Daniel Rezaei at
Daniel Rezaei
at 276,000 276,000
Tobias Duthweiler de
Tobias Duthweiler
de 273,000 273,000
Todd Ivens us
Todd Ivens
us 269,000 169,000
Joe Cada us
Joe Cada
us 267,500 97,500
Sam Soverel us
Sam Soverel
us 255,000 155,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
fr 253,000 53,000
Frank Crivello us
Frank Crivello
us 250,000 250,000
Balazs Botond hu
Balazs Botond
hu 245,500 245,500
Daniel Strelitz us
Daniel Strelitz
us 244,500 89,500
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
br 239,000 139,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 236,000 75,000
Goran Mandic hr
Goran Mandic
hr 235,000 235,000
Ray Qartomy us
Ray Qartomy
us 234,000 234,000
John Cynn us
John Cynn
us 231,500 -28,500

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Last Four Hands of the Night

ajlamers • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

The tournament clock has been paused with 10 minutes remaining in the last level. There will be four more hands at each table before the players bag and tag.

Big Slick Earns Lodge a Double Up

ajlamers • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Harry Lodge was one of the last players to register on Day 1a and he made good use of his short time at the table. As the clock was winding down in the last level, Lodge and Gianluca Speranza got all of the chips in the middle after a couple of preflop raises. Lodge was the player at risk for 89,600 chips.

Harry Lodge: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}
Gianluca Speranza: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}

Lodge was in a dominating position preflop and the flop of {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs} kept things that way. The {8-Spades} on the turn changed nothing and the {10-Spades} on the river ensured Lodge of a full double up.

Harry Lodge gb
Harry Lodge
gb 182,000 82,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 28,300

Tags: Gianluca SperanzaHarry Lodge

Metaal Continues to Pace the Field

ajlamers • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

A completed board of {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} was laid out on the felt and David Peters was heads-up in the pot with Govert Metaal. There was around 35,000 in the middle and Peters led out for a bet of 23,000. Metaal thought for a moment and then made the call.

Peters reluctantly turned over {q-Spades}{j-Spades} and Metaal took back his chips as he tabled {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} for the best hand. Just moments later, Peters was seen leaving his seat after losing the remainder of his chips.

Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
nl 492,000 22,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us Busted

Tags: David PetersGovert Metaal

Cynn Takes From Varnell

will_shill • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

On a {9-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} flop, John Cynn check-called 10,300 from Craig Varnell and the turn brought the {8-Spades}

Both players checked and the river was the {2-Hearts}. Cynn bet 27,500 and Varnell thought a while before folding.

Varnell still sits on well over 350,000 chips as we start the last level of the night.

Craig Varnell us
Craig Varnell
us 375,000 -5,000
John Cynn us
John Cynn
us 260,000 20,000

Tags: Craig VarnellJohn Cynn

Lynskey Doesn't Last Long After a Quick Cooler

ajlamers • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Alex Lynskey
Alex Lynskey

Alex Lynskey was one of the latest entries to take a seat at the felt just prior to the final level of the day getting underway. Unfortunately for him, his time at the felt didn't last very long as he was on the wrong side of a cold deck.

Lynskey opened from under the gun and the button three-bet to 10,000. The blinds folded and Lynskey just called to see a flop of {j-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Diamonds}. Lynskey check-called a bet of 15,000 from his opponent and the {a-Hearts} landed on the turn.

Lynskey checked again and his opponent fired out another 20,000. Lynskey still called and the {7-Hearts} completed the board. Lynskey checked for the third time and his opponent moved all in. Lynskey only had around 50,000 chips remaining and he thought for a minute before sticking them in.

His opponent rolled over {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} for a set of aces while Lynskey tabled his {k-Spades}{k-Hearts} before hitting the rail.

Alex Lynskey au
Alex Lynskey
au Busted

Tags: Alex Lynskey


Quad Aces for Jaka

ajlamers • Level 7: 700-1,400, 1,400 ante

A completed board of {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} was spread across the table with around 75,000 in the middle. Thomas Muehloecker checked from the small blind and Faraz Jaka moved all in for around 55,000.

Muehloecker had just under 50,000 chips remaining and went into the tank with his tournament life on the line. Muehloecker struggled to come to a decision for a couple of minutes but finally dropped in some chips to call. Jaka flipped over {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} for quad aces and Muehloecker sent his cards to the muck as he exited the tournament area.

Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 175,000 90,000
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
at Busted

Tags: Faraz JakaThomas Muehloecker