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Day 1a completed

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$10,600 Main Event
Day 1a completed

End-of-Day Counts (full)

Posted 6 days 10 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Chip Counts
David Malka 205,400
Antonio Fazzolari 190,500
Michael O'Grady 184,300
John Nelson 145,500 112,050 pos
Srdjan Brkic 130,700
Dave Heskin 125,900 100 pos
Tom Grigg 124,300 14,300 pos
Connor Burrowes 116,100 54,100 pos
Jake Balsiger US US 110,400
Guillaume Rivet 106,700 -18,300 neg
Louis Slater 99,200
Michael Accardo 96,700
Dale Marsland 96,300
Michael Pinzone 94,500
Steven Swalling 94,500
Jamie Roberts 84,200
Benjamin Breadsell 82,500
Adesh Goel 81,300
Stephen Mccormick 80,400
Slade Fisher 79,800 27,800 pos
Oliver Gill 79,500 9,500 pos
Evangelos Tentis 77,900
Ricky Kroesen 77,300 4,300 pos
Joseph Cabret 75,900
Casey Kastle 74,300 -18,700 neg

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Malka Leads Day 1a of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event

Posted 6 days 20 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
David Malka
David Malka

The 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event kicked off on Sunday as 175 players turned out for the first of three starting flights. After a long day of play – one that lasted seven 90-minute levels – the field was whittled down to 86 players with David Malka and his stack of 205,400 leading the way.

Most of poker’s biggest names are in Melbourne for the Aussie Millions, but many of them opted to play the $25,000 Challenge on Sunday. Even so, a few notables took their shot on Day 1a and it didn’t take long for action to heat up.

In Level 4 (150/300/25), Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland, an American who relocated to Thailand to play online and grind live tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region, was eliminated from the tournament. It happened when action folded to Westmorland in the hijack and he shoved his last 3,750. Naoya Kihara of PokerStars Team Online made the call from the cutoff and the rest of the field folded.

Westmorland: {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Kihara: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

It was a bad spot for Westmorland, and according to the PokerNews Odds Calculator he had just an 11.68% chance of winning the hand while Kihara would score the knockout 85.57% of the time. The {7-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop made things interesting as Westmorland's open-ended straight draw saw his chances of survival jump to 42.42%.

The {3-Spades} turn was a blank, and that meant Kihara was a 3-1 favorite headed to the river. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {2-Hearts}. "Good luck," Westmorland said before making a hasty exit from the tournament floor.

Westmorland made an early exit from the tournament, but he had company on the rail in the form of 2013 World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players' Champion Matthew Ashton and 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Oliver Speidel.

Ashton was eliminated after Liv Boeree opened for a raise, a player on her left called, and Ashton put in a three-bet. Boeree folded, the other player put in a large four-bet, and Ashton moved all in. The player then tanked for a bit before calling with {a-}{a-}, which clearly crushed Ashton's {a-}{k-}. The slowroll was a bitter pill to swallow on what would be Ashton’s last hand.

As for Speidel, who talked to PokerNews earlier in the day, his end came in Level 4 courtesy of Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Tom Grigg.

His final hand came when Grigg opened under the gun and another player flatted. Speidel opted to jam for 2,800, Grigg isolated with a four-bet, and the flatter folded. Speidel tabled {a-}{j-} and found himself in dire straits against Grigg's {a-}{q-}. The board ran out clean and that was all she wrote for Speidel.

While many players failed to survive Day 1a, a bunch of notables managed to punch their ticket to Day 2 including Antonio Fazzolari (190,500), Edison Nguyen (133,900), Guillaume Rivet (125,000), Jake Balsiger (110,400), Tom Grigg (110,000), Casey Kastle (93,000), and last year’s runner-up Joseph Cabret (75,900).

Day 1b is set to kick off at 12:30 local time. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations from the floor of the Crown Poker Room, so be sure to join us then. Until then, good night from Melbourne!

Five More Hands

Posted 6 days 20 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

The clock is paused at 10:00, and the remaining players will play five more hands.

Kurganov's Belief in Hearts Doesn't Deliver Salvation

Posted 6 days 20 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Igor Kurganov
Igor Kurganov

It's been a rough day for Igor Kurganov. He was the defending champ in the $25,000 Challenge, but he fired two bullets in that event before jumping into the Main. Unfortunately for him, his luck didn't change.

In a recent hand, Brendan Hurtig opened for 1,400 from the hijack, the mall blind called, and Kurganov came along from the big. Two checks on the {4-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop saw Hurtig bet 1,600, the small blind folded, and Kurganov sprung to life with an all-in check-raise to 11,600. Hurtig snap-called and the cards were turned up.

Kurganov: {7-Hearts}{9-Spades}
Hurtig: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

"Hearts," Kurganov said in reference to his backdoor flush draw. "Believe in the hearts." Kurganov seemed optimistic, but his heart hopes died when the {A-Spades} blanked on the turn. Kurganov waited patiently to see if his open-ended straight draw would come in, but it did not as the {A-Diamonds} peeled off on the river.

"At least I got a free water," Kurganov joked before grabbing his things (which included a bottle of water) and exiting the tournament floor.

Chip Counts
Igor Kurganov Busted

Benson Busts With Unknown Action

Posted 6 days 20 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Gary Benson - Eliminated
Gary Benson - Eliminated

Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson has been eliminated with unknown action. Benson, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner, was last seen with just under seven big blinds.

Chip Counts
Gary Benson Busted

Boeree Knocked Back

Posted 6 days 21 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree raised to 1,300 from early position, and her only customer was the player in the big blind. The flop fell {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}{5-Spades}, and the big blind bet 1,600. Boeree called.

The turn was the {5-Hearts}, and the big blind bet 2,000. Boeree called again.

The river was the {Q-Diamonds}, and the big blind checked. Boeree checked behind.

The big blind showed the {K-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for two pair, kings and jacks, and Boeree mucked her hand.

Chip Counts
Liv Boeree GB GB 49,000 -33,000 neg

Plenty of Action Over at Table 50

Posted 6 days 21 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

Table 50 is tucked away in the back of the room underneath the big screen, which is a shame considering all the action that's taken place there here in Level 7. First, 2007 World Series of Poker third-place finisher Raymond Rahme was eliminated from the table, and then Antonio Fazzolari, who is sitting on a massive stack, was moved over there.

Not long after, we happened upon a pot with around 30,000 in the middle and a flop of {3-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. The small blind fired 14,000 and Lily Kiletto looked him up from the button. After the dealer burned and turned the {8-Spades}, the small blind bet 22,000 and left himself 10,000 or so behind.

Kiletto hit the tank for nearly four minutes agonizing over what to do. "I know I should lay this down," she said. Still, she thought for another minute. Eventually she found the strength to follow her gut and she conceded the hand. The small blind sent his cards to the dealer unseen.

Chip Counts
Antonio Fazzolari 153,000 153,000 pos
Lily Kiletto 80,000 -35,000 neg
Raymond Rahme Busted

Updated Chip Counts

Posted 6 days 21 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Chip Counts
Casey Kastle 93,000 16,000 pos
Liv Boeree GB GB 82,000 7,000 pos
Eoghan O'Dea IE IE 80,000 5,000 pos
Gary Benson 4,000 -43,000 neg

Glazier Doubles; Rivet Records a KO

Posted 6 days 21 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Jackie Glazier doubles
Jackie Glazier doubles

Aussie Jackie Glazier was all in and at risk preflop holding {a-}{q-} against an opponent with {5-}{5-}. The {j-}{j-}{10-} flop gave Glazier four extra outs to make broadway and three extra outs to counterfeit the small pair. The turn was a brick, leaving Glazier one card away from elimination, but fortunately for her a {q-} completed the board.

The very next hand the player with {5-}{5-} was eliminated by Guillaume Rivet. Rivet's {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} dominated the player's {k-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, and the board came {7-Spades}{5-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}.

Chip Counts
Guillaume Rivet 125,000 27,000 pos
Jackie Glazier 23,000 11,000 pos
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Level Info

Level 7
Blinds 300 / 600
Ante 100

Players Info

Players Left 5
Entries 668
Average Chip Stack 4,008,000
Total Chips 20,040,000
Prize Pool 6,680,000
Next Pay Out Place 5, 335,000 AUD

Top Chip Counts

1 David Malka 205,400
2 Antonio Fazzolari 190,500
3 Michael O'Grady 184,300
4 John Nelson 145,500
5 Srdjan Brkic 130,700
6 Dave Heskin 125,900
7 Tom Grigg 124,300
8 Connor Burrowes 116,100
9 Jake Balsiger 110,400
10 Guillaume Rivet 106,700


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