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Posted 10 hours 28 minutes ago

$100,000 Challenge
Day 1 completed

Mike McDonald Leads After Day 1 of the $100,000 Frenzy

Posted 10 hours 30 minutes ago • Level 9: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Day 1 of the 2014 Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge was, well, an insane flurry of action like nothing we've ever seen before. At the end of the day, 66 entries were generated. Ten of those came from the tandem of Isaac Haxton and Daniel Negreanu, each of whom fired five bullets into the event. Negreanu ended the day with 221,500 in chips, while Haxton busted for a fifth time.

Leading the 29 survivors into Day 2 was Mike "Timex" McDonald. After a making a late appearance to this year's festival, McDonald finished an exciting first day with a field-leading 468,500 in chips. The only other player over 400,000 to finish was Paul Newey, and he bagged up 428,500. Then Richard Yong, Antonio Esfandiari, and Phil Ivey round out the top five stacks.

With over 40 unique players in the event, the field was jam packed with poker's high-rolling superstars. Jason Mercier, Justin Bonomo, Doug Polk, Viktor Blom, Patrik Antonius, Fabian Quoss, Philipp Gruissem, Mike Watson, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Tom Dwan were just a handful of names to take a shot (or two, or three) and advance to Day 2. Joining them will be reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess, who he bagged up 208,500 in chips.

Furthermore, there are rumors swirling of even more entries to come. Registration and reentry will remain open right up until the start of Day 2 at 12:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, and the word on the street is that Tobias Reinkemeier will be back in the mix after busting, and Sorel Mizzi and Scott Seiver may join up on their day off from the Main Event final table. The field could easily eclipse 70 entries, which would put quite the icing on the cake for this highly-anticipated event.

The Day 2 table draw, prize pool, and payouts won't be made available until registration officially closes, so you will have to stay tuned for that information. If Day 1 is any hint of what's to come in this event, Day 2 will be a day you won't want to miss. Be sure to stay tuned right here to PokerNews for all of the live updates straight from the tournament floor as we hunker down for a long finish.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Posted 10 hours 47 minutes ago • Level 9: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

With 29 players remaining, Mike "Timex" McDonald has the chip lead entering Day 2. Official end-of-day chip counts are posted below and a recap will follow shortly.

Chip Counts
Mike McDonald 468,500 201,500 pos
Paul Newey 428,500 18,500 pos
Richard Yong 379,500 199,500 pos
Antonio Esfandiari 364,000 -161,000 neg
Phil Ivey 341,500 101,500 pos
Tom Dwan 323,000 63,000 pos
Igor Kurganov 310,000 -20,000 neg
Winfred Yu 301,000 21,000 pos
Max Altergott 288,800 48,800 pos
Paul Phua 274,000 -71,000 neg
Philipp Gruissem 258,000 23,000 pos
Jeff Rossiter 233,000 58,000 pos
Daniel Negreanu 221,500 121,500 pos
Fabian Quoss 219,500 -55,500 neg
Ryan Riess 208,500 33,500 pos
Ole Schemion 202,000 102,000 pos
Doug Polk 177,500 -197,500 neg
Tony Bloom 171,000 21,000 pos
Patrik Antonius 151,000 -19,000 neg
Jason Mo 141,000 -59,000 neg
Justin Bonomo 141,000 55,000 pos
Max Lehmanski 135,500
Mike Watson 123,500 -126,500 neg
Viktor Blom 110,000 10,000 pos
Christoph Vogelsang 104,000 4,000 pos

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Three More Hands

Posted 11 hours 4 minutes ago • Level 9: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Christoph Vogelsang has opted to reenter. He won't get much of a chance to run it up though as the tournament staff has just announced that they will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

We're headed out to catch any last minute action and to compile some counts, so stay tuned for those as well as a recap of the Day 1 action.

Chip Counts
Christoph Vogelsang 100,000 100,000 pos

Say Goodbye To...

Posted 11 hours 8 minutes ago • Level 9: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Chip Counts
Tobias Reinkemeier Busted
Christoph Vogelsang Busted

Smith Will Wait Until Day 2

Posted 11 hours 18 minutes ago • Level 9: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Dan Smith
Dan Smith @dansmithholla
Had a great start to the day but it fizzled out when QJ < AT on KQJ then lost the rest versus Patrick Kk < AA. Will be back at it tomorrow
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Chip Counts
Dan Smith Busted

Some Late Night Shots from the $100k

Posted 11 hours 23 minutes ago by

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Haxton Gone Again

Posted 11 hours 25 minutes ago • Level 9: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Isaac Haxton has just busted for a fifth time in this event. If he reenters, it will be his sixth bullet.

Chip Counts
Isaac Haxton Busted

Phua Busts Hartman

Posted 11 hours 32 minutes ago • Level 9: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Craig Hartman was all in pre flop with the {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} against a dominating {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} for Paul Phua. The board ran out {K-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, and Hartman was eliminated.

Phua moved to 345,000 in chips.

Chip Counts
Paul Phua 345,000 175,000 pos
Craig Hartman Busted

Updated Chip Counts

Posted 11 hours 43 minutes ago • Level 9: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Chip Counts
Antonio Esfandiari 525,000 185,000 pos
Paul Newey 410,000 240,000 pos
Igor Kurganov 330,000 30,000 pos
Winfred Yu 280,000 50,000 pos
Mike McDonald 267,000 137,000 pos
Tom Dwan 260,000 20,000 pos
Max Altergott 240,000 140,000 pos
Phil Ivey 240,000 84,000 pos
David Steicke 240,000 5,000 pos
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Level Info

Level 9
Blinds 2,500 / 5,000
Ante 500

Players Info

Players Left 29
Entries 66
Average Chip Stack 227,586
Total Chips 6,600,000

Top Chip Counts

1 Mike McDonald 468,500
2 Paul Newey 428,500
3 Richard Yong 379,500
4 Antonio Esfandiari 364,000
5 Phil Ivey 341,500
6 Tom Dwan 323,000
7 Igor Kurganov 310,000
8 Winfred Yu 301,000
9 Max Altergott 288,800
10 Paul Phua 274,000


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