Tommy Gun: Maguire bags chip lead after The Centurion Day 1; that’s a wrap!
By our unofficial counts, Tom Maguire has emerged as the chip leader following the bagging and tagging at the conclusion of Day 1 of The Centurion here at The APL Million 2022 series.
With an unprecedented volume of runners for this event, our current prize pool sits just below half a million dollars, all in thanks to the 220 entries registered today.
Maguire sat under our radar for the majority of Day 1, but when speaking to PMA afterwards, he highlighted that it was later in the day when he really started to both “play good and run good.”
Registration remains open for the first two levels of Day 2, where it is expected that the half-million dollar mark will be surpassed before the bags are opened for the recommencement of play.
This concludes today’s live coverage, but we’ll be back tomorrow when cards are in the air from 4pm AEST. Be sure to also follow our Facebook coverage here for all things APL Million.
Thanks for joining us, and we’ll see you again real soon. Good night!
Three more hands
Tournament staff have paused the clock with five minutes remaining and our players will play through three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
An-and then a hero comes along
Jason Anand has been looking to get his photo in our live reporting blog all day. Upon being told he needs to be involved in a notable hand for that to happen, he had one goal for the rest of the day.
Opportunity presented itself when the player in the hijack opened to 4,500 and Anand smooth called with [pcnAdQs][/pcn] from the button.
On 9♦8♣5♠, Anand called the hijack’s bet of 8,500 on the flop, and the two saw the 9♠ on the turn. Anand once again called a bet, this time for the amount of 16,000.
The river fell the 6♥ and facing what was now a triple-barrel with a bet of 45,000.
Anand fell into the tank, we can only imagine that at the forefront of his mind was the chance to star in a PMA live blog post. It certainly worked well for him, as his ace-high was good against his opponent’s K♥Q♦.
In the last few hands of any first day of a tournament, it can be a case of “eat or be eaten”.
Plenty of aggression was on display amongst a strong field, in an attempt to apply as much pressure as possible.
Chris Shaw opened the action, Wai Au three-bet to 15,000 from the button, and Shaw hit back with a four-bet to 30,400 and got called.
Shaw bet 22,000 and Au thought briefly before calling.
The turn 7♣ saw Shaw move all in. Some time passed before Au painfully let go of his hand.
Hoek, line and sinker
Dylan Garland has found a one outer to survive through to Day 2 of the Centurion, all at the expense of Steven Hoek.
With an open from William Lim to 7,000 from the hijack, Garland responded with an all in from the small blind, quickly followed by the same move by Steven Hoek.
Counts were verified as Lim thought over a decision: Garland with 34,300 and Hoek with 68,000.
Eventually the two blinds were left alone to battle as they showed their cards.
The first four cards were good for Hoek, with the spread revealing A♥8♥5♥2♣.
With the Ten of Hearts not available as an out for Garland, there was only one card in the deck to save him.
Our dealer, Adam, made sure it came on the river, the miracle 10♠.
Level 8: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)
Alex Lee was involved in two hands in quick succession that sent him packing in the closing stages of Day 1 of The Centurion.
Preflop action saw Yoon Kang open from UTG+1 to 3,500. Alex Lee re-popped from the cutoff to 10,500, only to be met with a Kang four-bet of 26,500. Lee tanked for so long that we had to switch reporters halfway through his decision making-process!
Eventually he made the call and the two went to see the first street.
Kang checked to Lee, who bet 28,300. Kang put the rest of his chips in over the top, leaving Lee with a total of 74,200 to match.
Lee called and turned over his A♥9♠, and upon seeing Kang’s A♠K♠, realised only a miracle backdoor straight-flush would save him.
There would be nothing of the like, Kang got the double after the runout came 10♥,10♣. Kang got the double and Lee was left with 76,800.
A short time later, Lee was involved in a three-bet pot with A♠Q♠, action saw him all in on a flop of 8♦9♦J♠. Lee’s opponent, holding Q♦J♦ had the lead and all the draws in the world, though they weren’t needed as the turn and river of 2♣,7♥ finished the job.
We caught the action on the river when Wai Au had moved all-in for 91,700 on a board of 7♣10♣2♦4♥3♠. With about 60,000 in the pot, there was plenty to play for, and so Stephen Bee made the call.
Bee’s cards slid into the muck as he matched the bet, when Au turned over 4♠4♣.
The set was good enough to get Au a solid stack increase late in the day’s play whilst Bee was left crippled.
A round of counts
On the subject of confidence votes: we can safely say that the players have voted with their feet and in favour for The APL Million Centurion, as we’re now at 214 entries and just one full table away from reaching a half-million dollar prize pool.
And with $500 five-handed flips now running on demand, we may well hit that mark by the end of the night … and there’s still another two levels of late rego tomorrow afternoon!
Level 7: 800/1,600 (1,600)
Have a stretch!
Our Centurion contenders are now on their last 15-minute break of the evening.
Chips a-many for Jenny
Jenny Chhauv continues to climb the chip counts, this time thanks to a hand that saw the elimination of Josh Mansell.
Action opened with Chris Colaneri opening from UTG, a three-bet to 11,000 from Mansell was raised by Chhauv in the small blind to 26,000. Colaneri got out of the way before Mansell called.
On a flop of A♦7♣9♣, Chhauv checked to Mansell, who moved all in for less than the size of the pot. To say Chhauv snap-called would be an understatement, as she showed her top set with A♠A♣. Mansell accepted defeat with his A♥K♣, and the runout bought no miracle.
Colaneri told the table that he folded pocket nines, making the hand more remarkable if true!
“Oh, I’m in a hand”
In the back of our APL Million poker room, we have some flips taking place to give players a chance to gain entry, or re-entry, into The Centurion for a lower-price. 1-in-5 chance for $500 per hand, win it and you’re in.
Najeem Ajez, still in the tournament and also above starting stack, decided to enter the flip.
Simultaneously, the action of Ajez’s table saw an open to 3,000 from the UTG player, Ajez flatted from UTG+1, the hijack called and Romain Morvan on the button bumped the price up to 14,000.
Folding to Ajez, he pushed all in for 127,800, the hijack folded, and Morvan was sent into the tank.
In that time, each of the five hands of the flip were called out one-by-one over the microphone (Ajez had been dealt 4-2 off-suit), the board was dealt (Ajez did not win, congratulations to Jason Anand) and Ajez lamented the loss.
Ajez zoned back in, realising he’s still a part of the hand in play. He looked around and saw Morvan in the contemplation station.
“Are you still thinking?” he lightheartedly quipped.
Morvan responded, “I’ve never played you before!”
Ajez let him know, “Now you can!”
Finally, Morvan slid his hand to the muck. Before it was irretrievable, Ajez proposed a deal:
“If you show me what you folded, I’ll show you my hand.”
Morvan obliged, and turned over 10♦10♣
Ajez had a cheeky grin on his face as he revealed his 8♦8♣
“Entertaining” is an understatement!
Swallow only moving higher
It looks as though we may have a new chip leader with Steve Swallow the beneficiary of a huge pot at the expense of Joe Hachem.
All the action took place pre-flop, with an open from Swallow to 3,000 met with a Hachem three-bet to 8,000. Swallow decided to four-bet to 29,000, and Hachem piled his chips in the middle with a five-bet shove of over 110,000. Swallow eventually made the call and the two showed down their hands.
With Swallow holding pocket Queens, and Hachem with pocket Tens, and a non-changing board, Hachem found himself at the re-entry desk with Swallow raking in a huge volume of chips.
APL MILLION DEEP FREEZE: A ‘Vogt’ of confidence
All bets count! Steven Vogt has recorded a career-best win of $30,500 after taking down the APL Million Deep Freeze, denying Andrew Gonn his second APL major title in the process.
The unprecedented turnout resulted in the final table of the $600 buy-in marquee event being moved to the following day, which also featured APLPT Champion Nathan Rose and 2022 WSOP Millionaire Maker fourth-place finisher Yita Choong.
EVENT #2 | APL MILLION DEEP FREEZE ($600 buy-in, 242 entries, 27 players paid)*
Level 6: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Ngata’s got ‘em
Aroha Ngata’s back in action and has managed to secure some chips through Joshua Schwelluns.
Action folded to Ngata who raised to 2,600 on the button; Schwelluns three-bet it to 7,600, which forced the big blind player out of the way before Ngata came back with a four-bet worth 17,600.
Schwelluns called, then checked after the flop of 10♣5♠10♥. Ngata opened for 10,500 and Schwelluns called before check-raising to 50,000 after Ngata’s open of 25,000 on the turn of the 10♦.
Ngata snap-called all-in, turning up Q♦Q♣ which had Schwelluns’ J♣5♣ dominated. The river K♦ was merely a formality.
“How can you not believe me?” Ngata exclaimed as she raked in her chips. “It’s the first hand I’ve played on the button!”
Mina on the comeback
Mina Gerges is now back in the poker scene after having recently been involved in a car accident, but although he chipped down early, he was able to grind back into a comfortable position.
On a board of K♣3♠K♠9♠, Gerger took action after a checked-through flop and lead for 3,000 on the turn after its was checked to him once more. His opponent called.
The river fell the A♦, and checked to Gerges who bet 6,500 to gain a fold and an improvement to his stack.
It’s great to see Gerges back in action and we at PMA wish him all the best.
Jiggities for Jigs
Jigs Reyes was the centre of another big hand.
We caught the action from the turn on a board of 9♠7♣4♦8♠. Reyes lead for 13,000 into a pot of about 30,000.
Qais Shanasa made the call and the two saw a board-pairing river of 9♥.
Reyes checked it over to Shanasa, who bet 32,000.
“Do you have it?” Reyes pondered.
After a few moments of thought, Reyes made the call with J♠J♦ and got the good news with Shanasa showing down K♠4♠.
Chip counts at the break
Up to 176 total entries now, with 138 runners still in the mix, including the Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend himself, Joe Hachem.
Two-time APLPT Champion Daniel Dessiman has also taken his seat, along with Will Wong, Karl Symonds and Romain Morvan.
Level 5: 500/1,000 (1,000)
Players are now on a 45-minute dinner break. Back soon!
No Luong shot
David Luong was ecstatic to share this hand with our reporter. A hand that saw him bust a player and jump up the chip count.
A hijack open to 1,600 and a cutoff three-bet to 5,000 gave Luong an opportunity to try and squeeze with A♣9♣, attempting to win a nice pot pre-flop. Making it 13,000 from the big blind, it wasn’t to be as the cutoff stuck around to see a flop after the hijack got out of the way.
Luong continued for 7,000 and was met with a call. The turn of the 10♣ didn’t help Luong, but destined he remained persistent and fired another bet, this time for 16,000.
Described by Luong as the equivalent of: 🎶AAAAAAAH!🎶 or “Hearing the sounds of the angels singing”: the river came the 7♥, handing Luong the straight.
Luong moved all in, and was quickly called. Upon Luong showing down his hand, his opponent mucked but showed a five for a smaller straight.
Octavian Voegele has tripled his start stack, in thanks to an earlier hand reported, and a a few big ones since.
He recalled a hand to our reporter where he managed to scoop another large pot, and a scalp in the process.
The under the gun player opened the action to 2,000, Voegele in UTG+1 called, and the big blind defended.
On a flop of A♥K♣8♥, the big blind checked, UTG continued for 2,500, and Voegele called.
The big blind decided to raise to 13,000, UTG called once more and Voegele raised to 42,500, the big blind shoved to force UTG out of the hand and Voegele called.
The runout didn’t change anything for either player and Voegele scooped the pot for himself.
APL MILLION OPENING EVENT RAPID-FIRE ACCUMULATOR: Burnin’ down the house!
Time now for the first of our APL Million result recaps, thanks to our friends at the Australian Poker League!
The aptly named Clinton Burns took first honours here at Southport Sharks, running hot at the final table of the Rapid Fire Accumulator to win $6,700 in cash after chopping with runner-up Bryan Le and third-place finisher, Conrad Wolfgramm.
This year’s APL Million marked the first major series for which Burns has travelled outside of Townsville, coming down with his mates from the “Puddle Poker” crew; the result also surpasses his ninth-place finish in last year’s Jackstar Super High Roller at the APL Ville 600.
EVENT #1 | APL MILLION OPENING EVENT RAPID-FIRE ACCUMULATOR ($120 buy-in, 402 entries, 45 players paid)
Level 4: 400/800 (800)
“Ah geez” Ajez
Najeem Ajez, with his Big Bounty trophy acting as a card protector, almost sent his stack count soaring in a hand against Robert Damelian.
Ajez bet 25,000 from the cutoff on a board of K♣9♣6♠, Damelian raised to 56,000 forcing Ajez into the tank for over a minute.
Eventually raising all-in, Damelian called and the two tabled their holdings.
The turn and river came A♥,3♥ to hand Damelian a win from behind and prevent Ajez from entering the very top of the big stacks.
Garland in the mix
Fresh after a fourth place finish amongst a huge field in Day 1’s (and also Day 2’s) Deep Freeze, Dylan Garland has got himself a seat in The Centurion.
Spotted by our reporter, Garland sent a player into the tank for three minutes.
On a board of 8♠8♥4♣K♣6♠, Garland placed 25,500 on the river. Eventually his opponent called and Garland showed his A♣8♣ to claim the pot.
Luke Martinelli has been dealt a cruel blow, losing many of the chips he’d built up early on in the tournament to Jigs Reyes.
Reyes opened pre-flop to 1.200 from UTG+1, and found a caller in middle position; Martinelli placed a three-bet from the cutoff to 5,000, then Raeyes hit back with a four-bet to 16,500.
Middle position folded and Raeyes called to see a flop K♥J♦10♣.
Reyes led for 12,000 and Martinelli made the call.
On a turn of 7♥, Raeyes bet 51,000, only for Martinelli to push all-in.
Reyes quickly called and the two tabled their hands.
The river 2♦ did not pair the board and Reyes found a huge double up.
Assorted chip counts
Now up to 141 entries, according to the tournament clock, which puts our current prize pool at more than $312,000. It’s a venerable who’s who of the Aussie poker elite here at Sharks, with Yang Lei, Alex Hansen, Daniel Gabriel and Hasian Hyde just some of the notables recently spotted.
|Nuno Da Silva||60,200|
Level 3: 300/600 (600)
Our players are now on their first 15-minute break of the night.
Our reporter caught action from the flop between Alex Lynskey and Bruno Portaro.
On 3♦5♥3♣, Lynskey had a 10,500 in front of him in the small blind position with Portaro having raised to 25,000 sitting under the gun.
After approximately a minute, Lynskey called to see a turn of 9♣ to which he checked to Portaro.
Portaro bet 25,000, and Lynskey quickly moved all in. Portaro sigh-called with A♥A♣ only to get the bad news when Lynskey showed K♠3♠.
The 2♥ river couldn’t change the result and Portaro was sent to contemplate whether to re-enter.
Kroesen along nicely
Ricky Kroesen has begun to grow his stack nicely. After Scott Wilson opened from the hijack, Kroesen defended his big blind to see a flop of Q♥8♦6♣.
Kroesen check-called a bet of 1,100 from Wilson to get to a turn of 5♣.
Upon a turn lead for 5,600 from Kroesen, Wilson open folded his Ace-King to let Kroeson take it down.
River of dreams
Octavian Voegele has taken a huge pot from Janet Wyvil, with both players all in on the river on a board of K♠K♦3♦4♦Q♠.
Wyvil had a flush on the turn with her 7♦6♦, however the river turned Voegele’s K♣Q♣from trips into a full house.
Century of Centurions
We’ve just ticked over the 100 mark, raise the bat everyone, but take your guard and start over. We could be in for a big one. With 105 runners and counting, this is heading towards something special.
Our prize pool currently sits at almost $250,000 and is going up each minute. With registrations open until tomorrow, can we dare to dream of half a million? or more?
Level 2: 200/400
It’s a nice start for Joshua Schwellnus, picking up a nice pot off Didier Guerin.
After Schwellnus opened from UTG+1, Guerin called directly to his left to see a flop of J♠8♥K♦.
Both players checked to see a turn of 8♠, when Schwellnus bet 1,100.
Guerin called and they saw the river come the 6♠. This time Schwellnus checked it to Guerin who bet 3,000, only for a check-raise to 8,000 to come in.
After a moment in the tank, Guerin folded to hand Schwellnus the pot.
Nathaniel Hutton has found the rail early at the hands of James Camilleri.
On a board of 9♦8♣Q♣6♠9♠ three players held three monster hands and each of them were all in.
Corey Kempson: 8♥8♠
Nathaniel Hutton: J♠10♥
The boat vs boat vs straight scenario spells one of our first eliminations of the tournament and an early chip leader.
Notable events attract notable names, and notable names a-plenty there be.
From WSOP 2018 Main Event Finalist, Alex Lynskey, to Sydney Champs 2022 Main Event Runner-Up, Yita Choong, there is plenty of firepower amongst the field.
Shuffle up and deal!
Cards are in the air now as we get underway with 57 starters taking there seats, with many more on their way for this $2,500 entry premier event.
With 100,000 in each player’s start stack, as well as 60-minute levels, there is plenty of wiggle room early on as players look to grind their counts up into Days 2 and 3.
|Level||Small Blind||Big Blind||BB Ante|
Level 1: 200/400
One in a million
From wherever you may be watching, in Australia, New Zealand or around the world, hello there and welcome to PokerMedia Australia‘s Live Reporting coverage of The APL Million!
It’s already been a huge start to the series here at Southport Sharks, with players flocking in from all corners of the nation to be a part of the Australian Poker League’s iconic festival which has returned after a two-year hiatus.
Already, we’ve seen massive numbers across the board for every event to date, and The APL Million Main Event is shaping up to be the biggest ever, with 444 entries taken in over the first two Day 1 flights and thus well on track to exceed the $1 million prize pool guarantee.
We’re also expecting a bumper field for today’s Centurion, one of the largest jewels in the APL crown. Based on the plethora of notables already spotted throughout the last three days, this will be arguably one of the toughest fields ever assembled in APL history.
Naturally, it’s only fitting that together with our friends at LCAPoker that we bring you comprehensive coverage until the final river falls, so keep your browsers open and refreshed here at PMA and tune into PlayAPL.tv from 4pm AEST for feature table action.
2022 APL MILLION – PMA LIVE REPORTING SCHEDULE
|Mon 08 Aug||4pm||The Centurion Day 1|
|Tue 09 Aug||4pm||The Centurion Day 2|
|Wed 10 Aug||12pm||The Centurion Day 3 (Final Table)*|
|3pm||Jackstar Super High Roller Day 1|
|Thu 11 Aug||12pm||Jackstar Super High Roller Day 2*|
|Sat 13 Aug||11:30am||APL Million Main Event Day 2|
|Sun 14 Aug||11:30am||APL Million Main Event Day 3|
|Mon 15 Aug||12:30pm||APL Million Main Event Day 4 (Final Table)*|
|1pm||$5K High Roller Shot Clock Challenge Day 2|