At the end of Day 1c the pack of players has been reduced to 109 and we’ve also got a new chip leader with more than half a million chips to his name. Phillip Willcocks overtook Day 1c leader Martin Rowe who was also leapfrogged by Gareth Dwyer, while Raymond Wu joins them at the top with exactly 400k.
Nine more players chose to buy in at the last possible minute and some of them are still in the race, but more important is the fact that the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event has the biggest turnaround since 2010. There were a couple of poker professionals who improved their position today, including Liv Boeree who surged to the top at the end of the day. She came painfully close to entering the top 20, but with 263k chips in front of her, she will have a great chance tomorrow when the Main Event resumes at 12:15 pm local time:
Finished the day with 263k. Really fun day of pokers. Around 110 remaining #AussieMillions
— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) February 5, 2014
Duhamel is in a very similar position as he grew his stack to 340k which enhances his chances to make the final table, while finishing just outside the top 10 at the end of Day 2. By comparison, other poker pros were not that lucky and many fell before the final hand was dealt, including Sam Cohen, Barry Woods, Andrew Hinrichsen, Viktor Blom or Patrik Antonius. The Australians lost both favourites today as Joe Hachem and Jackie Glazier busted in dramatic fashion, so they will need to find someone else to root for. Angel Guillen wouldn’t mind the support, now that he has the chips to make a successful run to the top and potentially win the tournament. The main prize stands at AU$1.6 million and with a healthy stack of 205k, he will be more than a match for many of the 109 remaining players. Antonio Esfandiari and John Juanda have also secured a place within the leading pack, with both of them greatly increasing their stacks in the second half of the day.
On to day 3 with 205k. Resuming at 1500/3000 tomorrow. #aussie
— Angel Guillen Pereda (@AngelGuillen25) February 5, 2014
Jason Mercier and Randy Lew were among the most successful PokerStars Team Pro players yesterday and they are now virtually tied with 120k chips. These are the 10 players who sit at the top of the list and the stacks that they will be bringing to the tables tomorrow when action resumes at Crown Casino: