MAIN EVENT: Nienhuys dominates opening day

The third edition of Full House Group’s MAIN EVENT kicked-off today at Crown Melbourne with a field of 445 players converging on Australia’s premier poker room from around the country.

In contrast to MAIN EVENT II where the field was split across two day one flights, all players took their seats for the opening day’s play with Full House Group CEO Brayden Haynes on hand to wish them the best of luck and announce the Group’s new partnership with the charity Save Our Sons.

The order was then given to “shuffle up and deal” from TD Garth Kay, with 13 levels of 30 minutes to complete the opening day. Incredibly, 60 per cent of the field would be eliminated (including MAIN EVENT II champion Olivier Baux), with just 178 players set to return for tomorrow’s day two.

Western Australia’s Matt Nienhuys (pictured) emerged as one of the chip leaders midway through the day and pushed home his advantage in relentless fashion to remain the man to catch by day’s end after bagging 275,200.

Maitland’s Daniel Keast (253,000) and Sydneysider Elshan Mammadov (251,000) finished close behind Nienhuys.

It’s an early start for the remaining players with cards in the air from 10.10am at Crown Poker as the field sets sail for one of the 50 spots in the money at MAIN EVENT III.

MAIN EVENT III (total players 445; players remaining 178; prizepool $446,000) end of day 1 top 20

Matt Nienhuys 275,200
Daniel Keast 253,000
Elshan Mammadov 251,000
Alan Bird 217,400
Luke Simpson 204,300
Marc Jankovic 192,100
Ian Courtney 172,200
James Boardman 168,500
Mark Szarafinski 165,700
Paul Fenton 163,200
Daniel Kidd 149,400
Amjed Slewa 131,400
Trung Lien 130,500
Gavin Awyzio 123,100
Wayne Serasin 120,100
Edith DeGianbattista 117,600
David Xu 115,800
Andrew Dales 115,700
Daniel Ey 113,400
Richard Dilkes 100,000

Note: full chip count will be available before play resumes tomorrow (Saturday), all information used in this report © PokerMedia Australia, 2013

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