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The biggest live tournament series to be hosted in the southern hemisphere i.e. the 2019 Aussie Millions has entered its final week. The star attraction at the series, the A$10,600 Main Event played out its second starting flight on Monday even as Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne flagged off proceedings for Day 1C earlier today.
Day 1B of the Main Event attracted a bumper field of 268 entries. Action was star-studded with a number of former Aussie Millions Main Event champions and ring winners seen hobnobbing with local players and international poker celebs. End of day, 135 players carried stacks for Day 2 with Julian Stuer leading the pack with a stack of 196,500.
Stuer was a dominant force during the second half of play, but he got some stiff competition from Wang Yi Long (176,200) who came to the fore by winning some big pots during the last few hands of play and is a close second in chips.
From the Indian camp, Abhinav Iyer had entered Day 1A of the Main Event where he failed to make it till the end of play. In the meantime, Raghav Bansal has already joined the action on Day 1C, while Paawan Bansal is another Indian challenger expected to join. The Day 1C survivors will be joining the 135 survivors from Day 1B, and 79 from Day 1A, for Day 2 action on Wednesday.
In side events, Greece’s Ioannis Angelou-Konstas won Event #13: A$1,150 Terminator for A$59,695 and his first ANTON Championship ring, while Michel Bouskila took down Event #14: A$1,150 Hyper Turbo for A$80,930.
Another tournament i.e. Event #12: A$50K Challenge resumed play with five players and will play down to a champion today.
The A$10,600 Main Event attracted 268 runners to the felts and after a course of seven 90-minute levels, 135 among them were left standing. Bagging the chip lead was Julian Stuer (196,500) who come out dominating the field during the latter part of the day.
Close on Stuer’s heels is Wang Yi Long (176,200) who got active in the last three hands of the night.
Even as the field continued to expand during the initial levels of the play, eliminations sent known players out of the game, including former WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem.
Jonathan Karamalikis was another top pro who joined the rail after his pocket aces were cracked by Yuri Ishida.
Indian-origin Ankush Mandavia took a hit in the penultimate level of the night when he 3-bet and found a caller who had only 5,000 in chips. The flop came and Mandavia bet 5,000. Here, his opponent called all in for 4,150 and tabled for top two-pair. Mandavia showed the and though the turn gave him some hope, the on the river was a blank. Shortly thereafter, Mandavia was sent packing to the rail.
Another notable elimination that came in towards the fag end of play was that of 2006 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Lee Nelson. Nelson held and moved all in against his opponent’s . The flop fell and Nelson hit his set but the on the turn turned the hand in his opponent’s favor and with the river blanking out, Nelson was eliminated.
Other notables who hit the rail on Day 1B include 2019 Six Max champion Bart Lybaert, Jack Sinclair, Dylan Wilkerson, Michael O’Grady, Jan Suchanek Sarah Bilney and 2019 PCA Main Event champion Chino Rheem.
After Stuer and Long, the next big stacks are Stefano Accardo (150,200) and Tristan Bain (145,600). Hachem’s son James Hachem (25,300) is another known name who made it through to Day 2 albeit with a short stack, while 2010 champion Tyron Krost will start play with 95,100 in chips on Day 2.
Also in the mix are Maria Lampropulos (23,200), Pot-Limit Omaha runner-up Dylan Kii (30,100), Andrew Chen (34,800), Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros (57,500), Scott Hamilton-Hill (59,200), Oliver Gill (67,800), Accumulator final tablist Bjorn Ostby (90,300), Opening Event final tablist Matt Edwards (92,200), Dominik Panka (98,900), Randy Lew (103,100), WPT New Zealand champion Nauvneel Kashyap (109,200), Celina Lin (83,300) and bracelet-winner Andrew Hinrichsen (83,400).
Content & Images courtesy: PokerNews/crownmelbourne.com.au
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*Please note that we had erroneously reported that Aditya Sushant had played and was eliminated on Day 1A of Aussie Millions Main Event. The same has been rectified in this report on 30.01.2019.