Pros Come Out To Play On Day 1c; Ben Charlton Leads
Posted at 02:38 2009-01-21
Day 1c of the Aussie Millions has come to a close. 288 players converged on the felt today for the main event, garnering a total of 681 players in the Main Event, slightly down on last year’s 747 runners, but respectable nonetheless considering the current economic climate and the lack of a major online room’s sponsorship of the event.
Coming to the felt today were a bevy of stars – from all of the spheres including poker, sporting and entertainment. Jockey Shane Dye, boxing legend Jeff Fenech, AFL player Luke Hodge, pro golfer Brett Ogle, tennis ace Mark Philippoussis and former international cricketer Shane Warne all made it to the felt, along with Hollywood star Michael Vartan. Unfortunately for those guys the only player to make it to day two was Fenech. Poker notables unsuccessful in their endeavours at the felt today included international pros John Juanda, Jennifer Tilly, Gus Hansen, Chino Rheem, and local players Jamie Pickering, Van Marcus, and Lee Nelson, all eliminated before the end of the day.
Ben Charlton would emerge as the chip leader at the end of the day sitting on 161,000 chips. Other notable players to make it through included Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen, Phil Laak, Michael Binger, Michael Guzzardi, Aleks Lackovic, and Nali ‘Iraqi Nick’ Kaselias.
Unofficial top ten chip counts:
Ben Charlton - 161,000
Luis Pampliega - 143,600
Jani Mikkola - 109,050
John Paul Kelly - 104,500
Tom Rafferty - 95,000
Mike Manttan - 92,000
Michael Binger - 86,000
Bodo Sbrezesny - 83,000
Richard Ashby - 83,000
Mark Phillips - 81,850
With the first flight of the $5,300 Australian Heads Up Hold’em Championship taking place in the room at the same time, those not involved with the Main Event also had the chance to put some cash on the line. Or in the case of Chino Rheem, bust out of the Main Event in less then an orbit, and proceed to the Heads Up Championship and bust out in the first round. One suspects that Rheem will be looking to make some money back in the various cash games being spread at Crown.
The Australian Heads Up Hold’em Championship saw some of the biggest names take to the felt including Lee Nelson, David Saab, Graham Putt, James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst, and Alexander Kostritsyn. In the end only two players remained to progress to the semi-finals to be contested on Thursday. Graeme Putt and Stefan Jedlicka made the money but busted out at the quarter-final stage to leave Jarred Solomon and Alec “Traheho” Torelli as the survivors to advance. Another 32 players hit the heads-up felt to contest day1b of the event tomorrow.
The action on Wednesday will also see all of the survivors from the three day one flights come together for the first time for day two of the Main Event. Stay tuned to PokerNetwork for regular updates, news and live video interviews.
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