The first flight of Day 1 of the Aussie Millions Main Event has concluded and of the 175 entries only 88 players have moved on to Day 2. With three events going on at the same time, there was a ton of poker going on at the Crown Poker Room, with the Main Event obviously taking centre stage.
Unlike in years past when there were some runaway chip leaders, this year’s Day 1a saw the top 10 all within striking distance of each other with David Malka being in the lead and Jake Balsiger the biggest name among the first 10 of the chip count.
While many big names decided to wait until a later flight to play, there were plenty of marquee players in attendance among the 176 that entered.
Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton and Jason Mercier were just a few of the stars that elected for a Day 1a entry. Liv Boeree was one player that had a rocky road to travel. Struggling from the onset, Boeree managed to flop a set towards the end of the day’s play and chip up to 49,200 – an average stack. Naoya Kihara, a fellow member of Team PokerStars with Boeree, had a less than stellar day. After grinding the many long hours, Kihara had only 16,500 to put in the bag, but survival is the key and he will be one of the 86 moving on to Day 2.
Made it through to day 2 with 49k. Now time for TCOOP! Who needs sleep anyway? #4am
— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) February 2, 2014
Top-10 Chip Count:
1st – David Malka – 205,400
2nd – Antonia Fazzolari – 190,500
3rd – Michael O’Grady – 184,300
4th – John Nelson – 145,500
5th – Srdjan Brkic – 130,700
6th – Tom Grigg – 124,300
7th – Connor Burrowes – 116,100
8th – Jake Balsiger – 110,400
9th – Guillaume Rivet – 106,700
10th – Louis Salter – 99,200
There is still a lot of poker to play and the outcome of the Aussie Millions Main Event is anything but decided. With many strong players waiting until Day 1b to enter, the chip counts for Day 2 could tell a completely different story.