Tue, Jan 29, 12:55pm by Staff Writer
A field of 267 entrants at the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event has shrunk by half to just 135 over the course of seven 90-minute levels.
As reported by Poker News, Julian Stuer is leading the way at the end of the most recent day’s play with 196,500 chips. He just held off a trio of players hot on his tail in Wang Yi Long (176,200), Stefano Accardo (150,200) and Tristan Bain (145,600).
Stuer had the lead during the last level of the night despite Long’s late surge.
Several well-known players were eliminated during the course of the day’s play including former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Hachem.
His youngest son James Hachem (25,300) bagged up chips at the end of the first day’s play though.
Other players eliminated included 2019 Six Max champion Bart Lybaert, Jack Sinclair, Dylan Wilkerson, Michael O’Grady, Jan Suchanek, Sarah Bilney and Chino Rheem.
Rheem lasted a grand total of two hands on the day having swapped the A$50,000 Challenge for the Main Event.
He was caught bluffing by Steven Miller, while table mate Andrew Chen had shoved with a missed gut shot while Miller called with a set of sevens.
|2||Wang Yi Long||China||176,200|
|6||John-Christian Templeton||United States||135,100|
|9||Ashley Sleeth||United States||122,200|
|10||Do Tuan-Anh Hoang||Australia||121,900|
In other events at the Aussie Millions. Toby Lewis leads the final 5 in the A$50,000 Challenge, with a prize of A$971,850 available for the winner.
Lewis has 1,040,000 chips fresh off his second-place in the A$25,000 challenge.
Bjorn Li sits in second after eliminating Tobias Ziegler in sixth-place, while Manig Loeser held the chip lead for the majority of the final table until he slipped late and finished third overall.
Just five players remain in the Challenge after nearly 13 levels of tournament poker.
23 players survived an abbreviated day one of action from 37 entrants.
Day two saw an influx of returning players and new entrants as tournament numbers swelled to 62.
Tournament veterans such as Chino Rheem, Bryn Kenney, Kristen Bicknell and Maria Ho were a handful of the names in the field alongside local hopes Kahle Burns, Rory Young and Sam Higgs.
|Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Toby Lewis||United Kingdom||1,040,000||65|
|Bjorn Li||Hong Kong||847,000||53|
This year’s Aussie Millions has exceeded the expectations of organisers in terms of the number of players entering a host of events.
From 1,752 entries at the opening Event, a record for a $1000 tournament in the southern hemisphere – just 15 remained after ten levels of play.
Artur Koren came into the day as the overall chip leader from the five starting flights and still sits atop despite almost 250 eliminations during the day.
“I think this is my first cash in a side event at the Aussie Millions in like four years or so,” he said.
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“I just always bust final three tables in the Main which is ok, I guess. It saves the trip for sure. I ran pretty well in my opening flight, and I ran pretty well today. I think I played pretty good too,” he said.
Tournament director Joel Williams told Poker News that in 2018, more than half of the 800-strong field earned a seat playing in a satellite, and they are on course to beat that number.
“Satellites have been running, and players have already shown up in droves. Support for the 2019 series is also at an all-time high with local players already ensuring internal satellites currently sit almost 25 per cent in front of this time last year,” Mr Williams said.
There are a few more new features at this years Aussie Millions with The Big Blind Ante featuring in event events, with an A$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller buy-in on February 3.
Some other highlights of the event include the A$25,000 challenge on January 25 and the A$100,000 challenge on February 1.
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