Thu, Jan 31, 2:14pm by Staff Writer
A new record attendance has been reached at the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event with 797 players entering the A$10,600 flagship event at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
Thanks to 25 new entrants on day two, the field size increased to 822 entries in total and a new record was set once more with a total prize pool of A$8,220,000 up for grabs.
Only the top 88 spots will get paid at least A$15,600 while the winner of the event will pocket A$1,850,000.
More than half of the remaining field will leave empty-handed when the race to the money gets underway on day three.
The best-positioned player after the 12th level of play is Dutchman Pim De Goede.
He has made a name for himself in the online poker scene after winning $2.3 million in a partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament.
Partypoker ran the biggest online tournament in the world in December 2018 that featured a guaranteed prize pool of $20 million.
There was a $5,300 buy-in for the event with 4,367 entries contributing to the prize.
The two remaining players were Portugal’s Manual Ruivo and De Goede.
They opted to discuss a deal, quickly agreed on the numbers and walked away with more than $2.3 million each.
Ruivo had just a tiny fraction more chops when the deal was forged saw $2,329,944 credited to his accounted with De Goede banking $2,309,995.
Poker News reported that De Goede won a tight race for the overall chip lead, bagging 413,000 chips.
He is closely followed by Bjorn Ostby (386,300) and Ben Lai (378,000).
Some of Australia’s best players remain in the hunt for a title on home soil with Michael Egan leading the way with 292,800 chips followed by Michael Addamo with 279,300 chips.
The five 90-minute intervals on day two of the Aussie Millions saw plenty of notable names fall short of making it to day three including Toby Lewis.
After an impressive run of victories and a runner-up finish recently, the Brit was unable to defend his Main Event title.
Australian Poker Hall of Fame members Jason Gray and Mel Judah were also among the casualties, as fewer than 170 players bagged up chips and will return to the poker room at Crown Casino on Thursday.
The action recommences in level 13 with blinds of 1,200/2,400 and a running ante of 400. Another seven 90-minute levels are scheduled to be played.
Shortly before action got underway on day two, the Australian Poker Hall of Fame awarded the Australian Poker Young Achiever Award to Alex Lynskey.
Lynskey’s award comes after a memorable 2018 year in poker.
We also recognised a very well-deserved Young Achiever Of The Year, Alex @lynskey_99.
WD! May you both continue to exceed all your previous bests! GLGL guys!! pic.twitter.com/Xnb2WEaisC
— Postfloppoker (@Postfloppoker) January 30, 2019
He finished seventh in the World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event, winning $1,500,000.
Other notable finishes include a ninth placing at the $5,300 Caribbean Poker Party Main Event where he won $155,00.
Lynskey won the World Series of Poker International Circuit Main Event in Sydney recently and took home a prize of more than $400,000.
Australian poker legend Joe Hachem was on hand to bestow Lynskey his award, but also induct Jonathan Karamalikis into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame.
Karamalikis is fourth on the Australian all-time money list with in excess of $4 million in career earnings.
He has more than $6.5 million in online earnings with career highlights including five Aussie Millions final tables.
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