AM TODAY: Jan 29; Rusnak tops day 1B; Robl pockets $1m as $100k champ

Aussie Millions daily wrap – January 29, 2013

Another 196 players joined the Aussie Millions Main Event field yesterday, taking the total to 353 after days 1A and 1B – an increase of 13 on 2012. A total of 105 players bagged their chips at the end of day 1B, joining the 70 survivors from day 1A.

After finishing fourth in the $1650 No Limit Hold’em Bounty Event, American Frank Rusnak topped the chip count on day 1B with 165,100 – almost half the stack of overall chip leader Brian Payne (299,900).

Melbourne duo Mark Betts (145,300) and Julius Colman (120,000), Sydney’s Michael O’Grady (143,100) and Kiwi Cole Swannack (135,000) are also well placed heading into day two.

Internationals who survived the seven levels on day 1B included Jason Mercier (pictured), Neil Channing, Jackson Zheng, Annette Obrestad, Kenny Tran and $100,000 Hold’em Challenge runner-up Igor Kurganov.

The list of Aussies who remain in contention for the title from day 1B featured 2010 champion Tyron Krost, Oliver Gill, Tolly Sakellariou, Ben Savage, Aaron Lim, Kyle Cheong, Graeme Putt, Jeff Rossiter and Van Marcus.

A long list of players who tried their luck in the $100k buy-in event including Vanessa Selbst, Fabian Quoss, Philipp Gruissem, Tobias Reinkemeier and Niklas Heinecker and Igor Kurganov were all eliminated.

• Andrew Robl’s decision to re-enter the $100,000 Hold’em Challenge after initially being eliminated was vindicated when he pocketed the first prize of AUD $1 million as the latest winner of the world’s longest running high stakes tournament.

Robl started day two sixth in chips with seven players remaining but set the tone of the day when he claimed the scalp of Tobias Reinkemeier. Vanessa Selbst and Niklas Heinecker also fell short of the money, while the 2010 winner of this event Dan Shak was KOed in fourth.

Masa Kagawa, who collected his first ever tournament cash with third in this event six years ago, finished in the same spot while Robl’s 10:1 heads-up chip lead proved too great for Igor Kurganov – he earned $610,000 as runner-up.

• It’s proving difficult to locate results of other events from the 2013 Aussie Millions, but we can confirm that Craig and Catherine Ivey took out the $1100 Team Event, worth $22,250.

The event attracted 72 teams, with nine teams sharing the prizepool of $72,000. The local pairings of Roberto Damellan/Mishel Bouskila and Michael Fraster/Stewart Davidson completed an all-Aussie trifecta.

Fast fact

Gary Benson’s win in the $1100 NLHE Rebuy event extended his lead as the player with most Aussie Millions cashes. Together with in-the-money finishes in the 2013 Opening Event and $1100 NLHE Six-handed event, Benson has cashed 22 times at the Aussie Millions.

What’s on today

January 29 (12.30pm) Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 1 flight 3
January 29 (2.15pm) Event 14 $1100 No Limit Hold’em Terminator
January 29 (6.15pm) Event 15: $2500 H.O.R.S.E.

• Special thanks to Crown Poker for supplying information used in this report, photography Shannon Morris – 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship

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