AUSSIE MILLIONS: Main Event survivors enter Day 3

Pictured: Nam Le, 2015 Tournament of Champions event winner

Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship has now completed its fifteenth day. Twelve winners have been crowned so far and Day 3 of the Main Event will be played today, where 136 players remain from a starting field of 648.

Chip leaders in the Main Event heading into today’s play were:

Jan Suchanek – 483,900

Keanu Simpson – 403,000

James Rann – 382,000

Michael Pedley – 376,700

Andrew Chen – 344,400

Wai Tung Lo – 340,000

AJ Antonios – 329,000

Grant Levy – 324,500

Rahul Byrraju – 321,400

Michael Addamo – 321,100

Yesterday, (Wednesday, January 28) saw the entire 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event field compete under the one roof for the first time. 338 players from the opening three Day 1 flights came together to continue their journey towards fame and fortune.

The overall number of 648 entrants for the Main Event is a little down on last year (668 in 2014) but still shows tournament poker is alive and well. The top 72 players will finish in the money and the winner will receive a payday of $1,600,000.

2014 champion Ami Barer is still in the field and putting up plenty of resistance in the defence of his title. Barer was one of the big stacks through day one and he continued to climb on day two to amass a healthy stack of 318,600 chips going into Day 3.

There has been solid representation by the locals where it’s hoped the title will be brought back down under this year. Some of those well positioned include two-time Aussie Millions event winner Michael Pedley, WSOP APAC bracelet winner AJ Antonios, two-time ANZPT player of the year Tony Hachem, 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event 4th place Julius Colman, $25k Challenge champion Alex Trevallion and former APPT Sydney champion Grant Levy.

Levy has made a remarkable comeback – he was down below 2,800 in chips on day one when his kings full were rivered by quads. Somehow he’s managed to rebuild and now sits with a top ten chip stack entering Day 3.

Of the internationals. Mustapha Kanit and Jonas Mackoff have tasted Aussie Millions gold before, while the likes of Benny Spindler, Mike McDonald, Bryan Huang and former Aussie Millions Main Event champion Tony Bloom, all remain in with a chance. But all eyes will be firmly on international poker legend Phil Ivey. He had deep runs back in 2012 and 2013 and sitting on 278,300 chips, will be hoping for another big performance this year.

Final table results for events 4 through 9 and 12 through 14, are as follows.

Event 4: $1,150 NLHE Six-Max – Final Table Results

1st Sean O’Reilly – $107,200
2nd Xuan Liu – $71,500
3rd Bobby Zhang – $52,500
4th David Urban – $41,000
5th Shivan Abdine – $30,500
6th Adam Jarvis – $20,500
7th Robbie Fisher-O’Brien – $10,500

Event 5: $1,150 Pot Limit Omaha – Final Table Results

1st Ryan Dodge – $65,050

2nd Mikael Koistinen – $41,265

3rd Phillip Siddell – $23,260

4th Don Mishra – $18,755

5th David Wang – 15,630

6th Scott Hamilton-Hill – $13,130

7th Michael Cook – $10,630

8th Simon Thwaites – $8,130

9th Danny Chevalier – $6,250

Event 6: $1,150 NLHE Accumulator – Final Table Results

1st Michael Soyza – $120,000*

2nd Rainer Kempe –  $76,272*

3rd Andre Lettau – $69,319*

4th Xiaoyong Liao – $59,336*

5th Huy Pham – $34,000

6th Gary Benson – $27,500

7th Scott Davies – $21,600

8th Gerald Karlic – $17,000

9th Laurence Hall – $12,400

*four-handed deal

Event 7: $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. – Results
1st Jonas Mackoff – $31,200
2nd Marsha Waggoner – $21,225
3rd Jan Suchanek – $13,750
4th Trung Tran – $9,575
5th Maria Ho – $7,500

Event 8: $25,000 Challenge – Results

1st Alex Trevallion – $645,150
2nd Tobias Reinkemeier – $614,850
3rd Pratyush Buddiga – $335,000

4th Stephen Chidwick – $250,000

5th Thomas Muehloecker – $195,000

6th Steve O’Dwyer – $156,000
7th Raiden Kan- $125,000
8th Rahul Byrraju – $100,000
9th Connor Drinan – $75,000

Event 9: $1,650 NLHE Bounty Event – Results

1st Jai Kemp – $93,200*

2nd Daryl Lee – $83,200*

3rd Richard Bruning – $44,200

4th Martin Ward – $35,500

5th Geoff Mooney – $26,800

6th Gautam Dhingra – $22,100

7th Joseph Cheong – $17,500

8th Sam Rotar – $13,000

*heads-up deal

Event 12: $1,150 NLHE Terminator – Final Table Results

1st Angelina Rich – $25,905*

2nd John Thomson – $22,000*

3rd Jim Giannoukos – $21,000*

4th Paul Stewart – $10,200

5th Bruno Portaro – $8,600

6th Walter Hunchak – $7,000

7th Nicholas Keong – $5,700

8th Michael Addamo – $4,500

9th Peter Mormanis – $3,500

*three-handed deal

Event 13: $1,150 Tournament of Champions – Results

1st Nam Le – $25,050*
2nd He Chang – $28,000*
3rd Takaya Yamashita – $12,080

4th Charles Caris – $10,020
5th Peter Aristidou – $8,250
6th Kish Kumar – $6,775
7th Calvin Tan – $5,600
8th Sandra Retallik – $4,420
9th Diego Zeiter – $3,535
*heads-up deal

Event 14: $1,150 NLHE / PLO – Results

1st Mikal Blomlie – $24,225

2nd Sammy Lucisano – $18,300

3rd Hiroaki Harada – $13,200

4th Joshua Tieman – $10,500

5th Michael Tchong – $8,500

6th Myles Lattacher – $6,700

7th Jessica Liang – $5,500

8th Jian Zhang – $4,300

Remaining events on the schedule include the $2500 Pot Limit Omaha, $2500 Shot Clock NLH Six Max, $1500 NLH ‘Deep Freeze’, $5000 NLH Six Max, $1150 Australian Poker Hall of Fame NLH and the $250,000 LK Boutique Challenge.

Event details and photo with thanks to Crown Melbourne.

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