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Oliver Keefe Takes Aussie Millions Main Event Lead on Day 1c

Posted at 06:09 2011-01-26

Although not surpassing the numbers of the previous tournament, the 2011 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event has still managed to attract an impressive field of 721 players. The tournament numbers were finalised today after the field was officially locked out during the final of the three day one flights.

There was a decent number of big names who made it to felt for the day of play, with some of them finding their way off it almost as quickly. Many accomplished players met their elimination on Day 1c including John Juanda, James Obst, Tony Hachem, Peter Aristidou, James Bord, Alexander Kostritsyn, Sam Trickett, Ricky Kroesen, Cole Swannack, Andrew Scott, Danny Mount and November Niner Matthew Jarvis who caught up with PokerNetwork's Lynn Gilmartin for a chat during the day...

At the other end of the spectrum some familiar names also managed to push through a decent chunk of change next to their name. Charles Chua (163,000), David Gorr (91,500), Jason Gray (79,700) and Jarred Solomon (77,000) are reasonably well positioned to do some damage on day two. All of those players will be chasing Oliver Keefe who bagged 198,200 chips to finish the day in fine style. That handy haul will also mean that Keefe will lead back all comers as the field is merged together.

Eugene Katchalov, Van Marcus, Michael Guttman, Kristian Lunardi, Chris Chronis, Matthew Kirk, John Caridad, David Bach, Steve Topakas, Mark Vos, Emad Tahtouh, Nik Lackovic, John Dalessandri, and Nali Kaselias also all qualified for day two.

888 Poker representative and Cricket legend Shane Warne was able get through the day with 48,200 in chips and no phone penalties this year, although Warne was able to keep his fans regularly updated on his twitter anyway.  Unfortunately for fellow 888 Poker Ambassador and Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech, the news was not as good, as he found himself hitting the rail (figuratively) after being eliminated.

With the final numbers confirmed, the tournament staff have also finalised the payout structure for the tournament. In all 265 players will receive cash, with the both the winner ($2,000,000) and runner up ($1,035,000) receiving over a million dollars each, while a minimum cash will see players pick up $15,000. The days so far have been long ones and players are sure to be tested both physically and mentally as they work their way down towards the major places in Australia’s premier poker tournament.

Those that played and made it through day 1c, will be joined by day 1a and 1b qualifiers on Australia Day to continue the fight for the Australian title. For all the live updates stay locked on PokerNews and check back to PokerNetwork daily for a wrap of the happenings from the 2011 Aussie Millions Poker Championship.

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Shane Warne in action on Day 1c of the Aussie Millions Main Event Shane Warne in action on Day 1c of the Aussie Millions Main Event

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