Delavinias Dominates on Day 1c as 132 Return on Day 2
That's it folks! The final flight of Event 1: $1,100 Opening Event has come to an end as the largest Day 1 field so far created an almost $1 million prize pool.
There were 421 players who took to the felt from 12.30 pm today, with that amount easily surpassing the 274 and 251 players who participated in Day 1a and Day 1b respectively. The huge day made for a total of 946 players, creating a prize pool of $946,000.
With 66 players surviving Day 1c, there will be exactly 132 players who will hit the tables tomorrow to try their hand at being crowned the champion of the Aussie Millions Opening Event. The player who manages that accomplishment will be $200,000 richer, while the top 81 players who will be going home with a piece of the prize pool.
The large field size today can be attributed to the unique "repechage" format of the event, with many players opting to re-enter after busting out on Day 1a and Day 1b. Among those who made multiple attempts at solidifying a Day 2 berth included Daniel Nielson, Daniel Kelly, Simon Watt and Sorel Mizzi. Unfortunately for these players, multiple attempts wouldn't be enough to survive as they hit the rail throughout Day 1c.
The action started somewhat slow on Day 1c as players knew that this was their last chance to make it to Day 2. It took over half the day for a clear chip leader to emerge, but eventually Jay Kinkade edged ahead of the field. Kinkade is well known for crushing online tournaments under the screen name "SEABEAST" and over the last few years has proved his worth on the live felt.
While Kinkade held the chip lead for much of the afternoon, towards the business end of the day, all the action was occurring on the same table, with both Tony Delavinias and Rob Angood managing to accumulate huge stacks. David Yan also blitzed the later part of the day to bag up the second largest stack in the room.
Some others players who managed to accumulate a big chip stack throughout Day 1c included Octavian Voegele (116,800) and Naz Sibaei (114,800). Joining the above players on Day 2 with quite a few less chips, but still surviving include Kenna James (68,900) and Jeff Rossiter (50,000).
With all three Day 1 flights in the record books, below is a list of the players who will be starting Day 2 with the best chance of making a run at the final table.
Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 2 action is set to begin at 12.30 pm tomorrow and PokerNews will again be in the Crown Poker Room to catch every bit of action on the way to crowning a champion.
One More Hand
The tournament officials have just announced that the remaining players will play one more hand before calling it a night.
Just One More
The tournament clock has been stopped and it has been announced that only one more hand will be played on Day 1c!
Table of Titans
Another huge stack has emerged in the tournament, with Tony Delavinias hailing from the same table as chip leader, Rob Angood.
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Battle of Some Big Stacks
Martin Kozlov opened from middle position for 4,800 only to have Kenna James three-bet to 11,300 from the cutoff. The button and both blinds folded, putting action back on Koslov. He thought for about 30 seconds before releasing his hand, seemingly content to grind his stack into Day 2.
For the Aussie Millions history buffs out there, you may recall James at a two-time final tablist in the Main Event, finishing ninth in 2006 and third in 2004, taking home AUD $134,000.
|Kenna James||75,000||42,000 |
|Martin Kozlov||65,000||0 |
Take A Break, Occy
We noticed that Octavian Voegele was enjoying a beer on the rail and assumed he must have busted. However, just as we had rode him off, Voegele made his way back to his seat and is sitting in front of stack three times the size it was a short while ago.
|Octavian Voegele||90,000||60,000 |
Don't Forget About the Big Charity Event Tomorrow
Former world poker champ Joe Hachem and legendary cricketer Shane Warne will host a charity poker tournament this weekend to benefit seriously ill and underprivileged children in Australia. The 5th Annual Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament will kick off on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. in the official film studio of Crown's Aussie Millions Poker Championship.
The $1,000 tournament entry fee gives players the unique opportunity to play alongside sports stars and celebrities, as well as some of the world's most accomplished poker players. In addition to Warne and Hachem, the list of attendees already includes Tony G, Clonie Gowen, Atlanta Braves pitcher Peter Moylan, television personality Fifi Box, boxer Jeff Fenech, and rugby players Brendon Goddard, Luke Hodge, Jason Akermanis, Jimmy Bartel, Dermott Brereton and Leigh Montagna.
More than 100 players are already registered for the event, creating a prize pool of more than $65,000. The winner will receive a Las Vegas High Roller package, which includes a $10,000 Main Event entry to the World Series of Poker, along with return airfare and accommodations in Las Vegas. Second prize is a 2012 Aussie Millions Package, which includes a seat to the $10,000 Main Event, and third place will also receive a buy-in for the 2012 Aussie Million Main Event.
Proceeds from the charity tournament will go toward the Shane Warne Foundation, which raises money to help enrich the lives of underprivileged children and teenagers in Australia. Since 2004, the foundation has raised more than $5 million with approximately 80 percent reaching those in need.
Interested players are encouraged to register for their seats at www.tswf.com.au.