While Day 1a was a day for the Full Tilt Pros, Day 1b didn’t quite follow the same script. Many of the big name pros failed to survive a rough day on the felt as it was the locals turn to shine through.
209 players entered the fray in the Crown Poker Room but after seven levels of play, only 80 remained to continue the journey towards poker immortality.
The likes of David Oppenheim, Annette Obrestad, Carlos Mortensen, David Benyamine, Andrew Feldman, Steve Yea, Andy Bloch and Gus Hansen were some of the Full Tilt Pros who were unable to make it through the day. Others to hit the rail during the day included Luke Santo, Raj Ramakrishnan, George Moussa, Michael Pedley, Graeme Putt, Martin Comer, Dennis Huntly, Jamie Pickering, Bruno Portaro, Casey Kastle, Ben Savage and Tim Marsters. We also lost 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem who tweeted that he struggled with jetlag following a recent trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
The other major casualty was the defending champ, 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Tyron Krost. A new champion will be crowned in 2011 with plenty of Aussies still in contention.
The field was led by Jeff Rossier with 154,900, closely followed by Michael Ottobra (143,400) and Martin Drewe, who continues his incredible form at the Aussie Millions. After winning the Opening Event last week and going deep in another event, Drewe is now perched amongst the chip leaders in the Main Event after bagging up 136,100.
Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade finished strongly to bag up 128,700, while Haibo Chu (113,900), Manny Stavropoulos (85,600), Sorel Mizzi (74,400), Michael Egan (61,100), Kent Hunter (56,400), Jeff Lisandro (55,000), Eric Assadourian (50,300), Scott Montgomery (49,200), Chris Ferguson (45,400), Lee Nelson (30,200), Neil Channing (28,800), Roland de Wolfe (26,100), Aleks Brkovic (24,600), Jackie Glazier (21,900), Grant Levy (18,300), Gary Benson (10,500) and Mel Judah (7,200) amongst those who will return on Day 2.
The third and final flight of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event will take to the felt on Tuesday with another huge field and plenty of big names expected. One who will be amongst them is Full Tilt Pro Van Marcus. Earlier this week, PokerNetwork’s own Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Marcus to take a look at his sweet setup. Check it out...
The action from Day 1c of the Main Event will kick off once again at 12:30pm local time. Stay locked into PokerNetwork for daily updates or follow along live with our friends at PokerNews.
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