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Day 1b completed

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$10,600 Main Event
Day 1b completed

Defending Champ Falls and Dean Schneider Thrives on Day 1b

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Dean Schneider
Dean Schneider

The 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event continued on Monday as 153 players entered the second of three starting flights. hat number was down slightly from Day 1a’s 176 runners, but that wasn’t exactly a surprise considering it overlapped with the Super Bowl.

Still, it was a full day of action as dozens of players hit the rail over the course of seven 90-minute levels. By the time the clock expired for the night, 81 players remained with Dean Schneider and his stack of 188,800 leading the way.

Others who bagged up big stacks were Gareth Dwyer (161,100), Daniel Neilson (119,900), Michael Hussey (106,400), Michael Laming (105,000), and Tim English (104,200). Furthermore, notables Erik Seidel (116,800), Antonio Esfandiari (77,700), and Paul Klann (56,200) all advanced to Day 2.

We caught up with Schneider late on Day 1b to find out how he acquired his stack:

It was a busy day of action in Crown’s Poker Room on Monday as 30 players returned in the $25,000 Challenge to play down to a winner and a sea of tables were set up to accommodate the second starting flight of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event.

As the day wore on plenty of players hit the rail including Michael Egan, Aaron Benton, 2011 champ David Gorr, Andy Lee, Luke McLean, David Steicke, and defending champ Mervin Chan.

Chan was the only player not to experience elimination last year on his way to a $1.6-million payday, but this year he had to deal with it in Level 6 (250/500/75) in brutal fashion. The betting details remain a mystery, but we do know that Chan was sent to the rail by Sotirios Kappas.

The last of Chan's chips went in on the river with a board reading {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}, and he was likely confident with his {k-Spades}{10-Hearts} flopped Broadway straight. Unfortunately for him Kappas, who won a big pot earlier in the day by hitting running cards, managed to make a runner-runner full house with the {q-Spades}{9-Spades}. A shell-shocked Chan watched his chips pushed across the table and then took his leave from the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event ensuring that a new champion will be crowned.

Day 1c is set to kick off at 12:30 local time on Tuesday, and it’s expected to be the biggest and best starting flight yet. Among those expected to take their shot are Daniel Negreanu, Angel Guillen, Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, Philipp Gruissem, Scott Seiver and Dan Shak. Join us then as we bring you all the latest and greatest from Melbourne.

In the meantime, check out this video on how to stay healthy while on the road:

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante
Chip Counts
Dean Schneider 188,800 28,800 pos
Gareth Dwyer 161,100 26,100 pos
Tolly Sakellariou 133,500 -6,500 neg
Dennis Huntly 130,000 35,000 pos
Daniel Neilson 120,000 -8,000 neg
Erik Seidel US US 116,800 18,800 pos
Marco Johnson 116,700 26,700 pos
Sotirios Kiokpasoglou 107,400 107,400 pos
Daryl Hussey 106,400 106,400 pos
Anthony Laming 105,000 105,000 pos
Timothy English (Tim English) 104,200 104,200 pos
Sam Capra 97,400 -20,600 neg
Khylon Hanegraaf AU AU 93,900 93,900 pos
Gerald McNeil 88,200 88,200 pos
Alexander Antonios 87,400 87,400 pos
Jim Mourafas AU AU 85,800 85,800 pos
Matt Rynkiewicz 84,400 -18,600 neg
Brendon Rubie 79,600 2,600 pos
Phil Sutherland 79,000 79,000 pos
Antonio Esfandiari 77,700 29,700 pos
Steven Piotrowski 75,100 75,100 pos
Craig Hartman 72,900 72,900 pos
Tim Slater 70,400 -5,600 neg
Annette Obrestad 70,400 18,400 pos
Larry Karambis 70,400 70,400 pos

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Five More Hands

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

Each table will play five more hands before the players bag and tag for the evening.

Preflop Aggression

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

It all started with a limp from under the gun. Jackson Zheng raised to 1,600 from UTG+1, Tolly Sakellariou three-bet to 3,200, and Erik Seidel cold four-bet to 8,500. The action folded all the way back to Sakellariou, who folded as well, and the eight-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner shipped the pot.

Raise Wars

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

As we near the end of the day, things are getting a bit strange in the Aussie Millions Main Event.

"I'm losing it," Antonio Esfandiari recently told one of our reporters.

On Table 29, the players are having a competition to see who can raise the largest preflop. In one hand, Tim Slater limped in and Daniel Neilson raised to 2,800 (4.67 big blinds). Slater made the call, then check-folded to a bet of 3,600 on a flop of {10-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}.

Neilson raked in the pot and is up to 128,000 chips. Slater slipped to 76,000.

Chip Counts
Daniel Neilson 128,000 34,000 pos
Tim Slater 76,000 -9,000 neg

Rubie Gives Up on the Turn

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

Brendon Rubie raised to 1,300 out of the small blind, Aaron Lim defended his big blind, and the flop came {j-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}. Rubie led out for 1,600, Lim made the call, and the turn was the {8-Spades}.

Rubie slowed down, knuckling the felt, and Lim reached into his stack. He tossed out six red T500 chips, making it 3,000 to go, and Rubie tossed his cards into the muck.

Chip Counts
Brendon Rubie 77,000 -4,000 neg
Aaron Lim 53,000

Aussie Millions 2014: Brendon Rubie is Scared of Kristy

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

Brendon Rubie is playing Day 1b of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event and speaks to Kristy on a break. He even admits that he is scared to face her on the soccer field.

Guzzardi Gone

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

Just a half an hour away from bagging and tagging for the evening, Michael Guzzardi was eliminated by Sotirios Kappas with unknown action.

Chip Counts
Michael Guzzardi Busted

Klann Takes from Schneider

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago • Level 7: 300-600, 100 ante

When we reached the table, Jai Gao, Paul Klann, and Dean Schneider were three-handed on a flop of {10-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. The trio checked.

The turn was the {q-Hearts}, Schneider fired out 3,500, and only Klann called.

The {2-Spades} completed the board, Schneider led out for another 6,200, and Klann called once again. Schneider showed {9-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for a lowly pair of deuces, which was no good against Klann's {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} for a top pair of aces.

Chip Counts
Dean Schneider 160,000 -15,000 neg
Paul Klann 68,000 16,000 pos
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Level Info

Level 7
Blinds 300 / 600
Ante 100

Players Info

Players Left 4
Entries 668
Average Chip Stack 5,010,000
Total Chips 20,040,000
Prize Pool 6,680,000
Next Pay Out Place 4, 450,000 AUD

Top Chip Counts

1 Dean Schneider 188,800
2 Gareth Dwyer 161,100
3 Tolly Sakellariou 133,500
4 Dennis Huntly 130,000
5 Daniel Neilson 119,900
6 Erik Seidel 116,800
7 Marco Johnson 116,700
8 Sotirios Kiokpasoglou 107,400
9 Daryl Hussey 106,400
10 Anthony Laming 105,000


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