Rowe leads the pack into Day 2 at Aussie Millions ME

Martin Rowe

A massive field of 328 players started Day 1c but only 216 will take another jab at the Aussie Millions Main Event tomorrow. Martin Rowe has the most chips right now and he is the only player to have crossed the threshold of 200k. His meteoric rise occurred in the last minutes of the evening when his pocket 10s turned into a full house on turn and river to add 135,000 chips to his otherwise mediocre stack.

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier didn’t need to wait all the way to the river to win a massive pot, as his set was always ahead of his opponent’s pocket Queens. He caused the untimely elimination of Marvin Rettenmaier soon after, with the German joining prominent poker pros that went bust today. Mercier was happy with his overall performance and will use the 13 hour break to relax and gear up for Day 2:

Many professionals have already packed their bags after losing all their chips today and among the most notable exists are Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Dan Shak, and Tobias Reinkemeier. Ivey and Negreanu were eliminated in a dramatic fashion, to join Isaac Haxton, Jim Collopy, Winfred, Benny Spindler, Barry Greenstein, Tony Hachem, David Yan, and Celina Lin Yu to the rail.

Altergott who won the $25,000 Challenge was also eliminated today and the same fate awaited Dan Smith who made the final table in the same tournament and was a part of a 5-way deal. Smith dodged a bullet and despite losing some big hands, will return to Day 2 with 69,3k chips, slightly more than Randy Lew. The poker pro has no regrets and posted an optimistic tweet to his fans and followers:

Day 2 will resume tomorrow at 2:30 pm local time and registration is still open for those who missed out on the opportunity, or were eliminated. We won’t be seeing former champion Tyron Cross at the tables, instead we should keep an eye on these ten players who made it through with the biggest stacks:

  1. Martin Rowe  – 228,200
  2. Max Lehmanski – 176,500
  3. Jimmy Nistas – 176,500
  4. Matthew Gabriele – 171,000
  5. Patrick Healy – 156,500
  6. Jason Mercier­ – ­132,000
  7. Tom Alner – 120,000
  8. Heinz Kamutzki -115,000
  9. Chuck Caris – 110,000
  10. Jason Tompkins – 107,400