Aussie Millions 2016: Day 2 Live Updates

January 26, 2016

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9:00pm: That’s a wrap!

That’s officially the end of Day 2. Players are currently bagging up their chips. We’ll have a full wrap of the day’s proceedings coming soon!

8:50pm: Three more hands
Level 12: Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300)

The clock has been paused and players have been informed that there will be only three more hands to play on Day 2 here.

8:40pm: Hachem loses a big one to KC Wong
Level 12: Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300)

Players were three handed on a flop of 4♦J♦2♠. It was checked to KC Wong and he led for 7,200 in chips. Joe Hachem made the call and with the third player opting out the 10♦ turn arrived.

Wong bet again, this time for 11,200 before Hachem moved all in with enough to cover his competitor. Wong double-checked his hand and then committed the rest of his stack.

Hachem: 2♥2♣
Wong: A♦3♦

Hachem had flopped bottom set but with Wong turning the nut flush the 2005 Main Event champ would need to see the board pair. The river, however, was the K♦ as Wong locked up the huge pot.

The dealer counted out Wong’s stack to find out Hachem had to pay off 89,100. Wong scores himself a massive double up while Hachem is set back to around 120,000.

8:20pm: Boeree in trouble
Level 12: Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300)

Liv Boeree might be the last Team PokerStars Pro standing, but she’s just taken a big hit to her stack to put her in jeopardy for a Day 2 berth.

Boeree opened the action with a limp from the cutoff, with the button and small blind following, before the player in the big blind moved all in for his last 20,000. Boeree made the call and the other two players stepped aside.

Boeree tabled 4♦4♥ but that was in trouble against her opponent’s 10♥10♣.

The board brought no surprises as it ran out 9♣5♦Q♠9♠8♠ to hand over a double up and leave Boeree on just 17,000 in change.


8:10pm: Great call from Chidwick
Level 12: Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300)

UK pro Stephen Chidwick is starting to make some waves in the Main Event after winning a recent pot with a very nice river call.

On a flop of 6♥8♦7♣, Chidwick checked from the blinds and then called a bet of 5,100 to see the 7♠ pair the board on the turn. Both players checked and the A♣ appeared on the river. Chidwick checked and his opponent quickly splashed a bet of 11,400. In his usually stoic manner, Chidwick deliberated before eventually making the call.

Chidwick’s opponent shrugged and tabled K♥Q♠ for king-high as Chidwick collected the pot with his 5♦6♦ bottom pair.

Chidwick is now up to 180,000 and looks set for a deep run in this tournament.

8:00pm: Nuts for Enigma
Level 12: Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300)

With the board showing J♣Q♦8♣2♣ Fabian Quoss checked first to act in the big blind and the action was on Tony ‘Enigma’ Poulengeris on the button.

Poulengeris bombed it for 40,000 and the decision was back to Quoss. The German pondered momentarily but ended up releasing his hand.

“Good fold” Poulengeris reassured him, tabling A♣Q♣ for the turned nut flush.

“You had a very nice hand” Quoss responded dryly.

“Only because it’s you I showed” came the admission from Poulengeris.

7:45pm: Seidel safe
Level 12: Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300)

Erik Seidel just added about 50% to his stack without even having to see a flop.

The player in the hijack raised to 4,500 before the cutoff and button came along. When it got to Seidel in the big blind he pushed all in for 33,300.

The first two players quickly folded but the man on the button asked how much it was. He deliberated for the better part of a minute before deciding against it and Seidel collected a nice boost to his stack.

7:30pm: Play resumes
Level 12: Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300)

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7:15pm: Break time

The players are now taking a fifteen-minute break. When they return, they will have one more level to play today before we bag and tag.

7:00pm: Brabin swinging
Level 11: Blinds 800/1,600 (200)

“It’s been a really swingy day,” said Luke Brabin after losing a couple of quick pots in succession.

In the first hand we arrived to see Brabin betting 8,000 on a flop of Q♦9♥8♣. His opponent check-raised to 21,000 from the small blind to give Brabin a tough decision. After a few minutes he folded what he later claimed was ace-queen.

With his WSOP APAC bracelet hanging from his wrist, Brabin would raise again the very next hand to 4,000. He picked up three callers to a flop of A♣9♦J♠. Brabin continued for 7,000 and his opponent called before they checked down the K♥ turn and K♣ river.

Brabin tabled A♠10♦ but his opponent topped that with A♥Q♣. Brabin now sits with 60,000 in chips.

6:50pm: Mercier misses; eliminated
Level 11: Blinds 800/1,600 (200)

Another Team PokerStars Pro has fallen by the wayside here with Jason Mercier recently hitting the rail. Rumour has it he lost a big pot previously against an opponent’s pocket aces and was left with only 11,000.

In the hand that saw him eliminated Mercier defended his big blind and then open-jammed on a flop of 9♦5♦5♠. His opponent called to put him at risk and Mercier saw he was drawing thin.

Mercier: 8♣7♣
Opponent: A♠7♠

Mercier needed to pair his eight or find a six for a gutshot straight but neither came as the K♠ turn and 2♥ river completed the board.

6:30pm: Aces for Ami
Level 11: Blinds 800/1,600 (200)

It’s pretty hard to win the Aussie Millions. So how about winning it twice? It sounds like mission impossible but if anyone can do it, it might just be Canada’s Ami Barer.

Barer won it all at the Aussie Millions in 2014 and the followed up with an incredible defence of his title last year. Barer came awfully close to back-to-back final tables, but eventually bowed out in 11th place.

Now he’s back again in 2016 and looks set to make another deep run.

In a recent pot Barer raised the button to 3,600 and both blinds called to see a flop of 10♦J♣3♠. The small blind pulled the “stop and go” and moved all in for around 30,000. The big blind folded but Barer snap-called and tabled A♠A♣ to be well ahead of his opponent’s J♠K♦ top pair.

The turn was the 2♦ and the river the 5♣ to see Barer eliminate his opponent and climb to a commanding stack of 225,000.


6:20pm: Kanaan stays alive
Level 11: Blinds 800/1,600 (200)

The hand began when the small blind raised it up to 4,100 and the decision was on Michael Kanaan in the big blind. He pursed his lips and pushed his last 17,000 into the middle, only to be quickly called.

Kanaan: K♦J♠
Opponent: A♣7♥

Kanaan needed a little help and he found it on the J♦K♠3♠ flop. The J♥ gave him a full house and meant he had a lock on the hand before the inconsequential Q♥ rolled off on the river.

With the average at 98,000 Kanaan still has some work to do to catch up to the pack.

6:05pm: Young flushes it
Level 11: Blinds 800/1,600 (200)

It folded around to Rory Young on the button and he raised it up to 3,200.

“I’ll just call. I’m a bit scared” said the player in the small blind as he flicked chips in.

“That’s a good idea” Young responded.

The 7♥6♥J♣ flop was fanned out and both players quickly checked to the 5♠ turn.

It went check-check again but the 3♥ inspired some aggression, with the player in the small blind putting out a bet of 2,500. He ordered a drink while Young considered his options.

Young chose to raise and made it a hefty 12,500 to call.

“Sh*t! Raise again… I’m such a nit” came the outburst from Young’s opponent.

The player did end up making the call before Young showed him the effective nuts.

Young: A♥4♥
Opponent: 5♣5♦

The player had turned a set but Young had rivered a flush and collected the pot. He climbs to around 120,000 in chips.

5:45pm: Play resumes
Level 11: Blinds 800/1,600 (200)

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5:30pm: 15 minutes to relax

The remaining players have just commenced another scheduled break. We’ll be back in 15 minutes.

5:20pm: Gruissem slow play pays off
Level 10: Blinds 600/1,200 (100)

Philipp Gruissem has just landed a double up with a rather crafty slow play.

We arrived to a flop of Q♣5♠3♣ and Gruissem checking to his opponent who bet 4,500. Gruissem made the call and checked again on the 9♠ turn. Another bet followed, this time for 8,200. Again Gruissem just flat called with the 4♥ completing the board.

Gruissen tapped the table for a third time and his opponent slid out a stack of yellows as an all-in bet. Gruissem beat him into the pot with a call and showed Q♥Q♦ for a deceptive top set! His opponent sighed and flashed A♣10♣ for a busted flush draw. Gruissem is now up close to 100,000 in chips.

5:15pm: Nanonoko no more
Level 10: Blinds 600/1,200 (100)

Team PokerStars Online Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew just got all his money in with the best hand in Hold’em but couldn’t hold against his opponent’s underpair.

4:55pm: Brutal bad beat for Chew
Level 10: Blinds 600/1,200 (100)

We caught the action on the flop where there was a bet and a call of 26,500 with the board reading 4♠5♦6♦.

The turn brought the 2♠ and after some consideration Stevan Chew moved all in for his last 66,100. His opponent gave it some serious thought, sitting with his hand over his mouth and looking tormented at the position he was in. He had only slightly less than Chew so a call would put his tournament life at risk.

After a few minutes the player called and the cards went on their backs.

Chew: 6♣5♣
Opponent: J♠J♦

Chew was in great shape for a huge double up but his two pair was counterfeited when the 4♥ repeated on the river.

“I thought he was bluffing with ace king” said the player as the pot was pushed his way.

That pot knocked Chew down to only two big blinds and he was seen exiting the tournament area shortly after.

4:40pm: Hachem takes on the Enigma
Level 10: Blinds 600/1,200 (100)

We’ve already mentioned former World Champion Joe Hachem going well in the Main Event, but he’s not the only Hachem in action in the Crown Poker Room.

Young Daniel Hachem is on the final table of the NLH/PLO side event which just kicked off while brother Tony is still boxing on in the Main Event after the following hand.

Tony Hachem raised to 2,500 from under the gun and picked up a couple of callers to see a flop of K♥5♠9♠. Hachem continued for 3,700 and just one caller remained – the “Enigma” himself, Tony Poulengeris.

The turn of 8♣ was checked by both parties and the 5♥ completed the board.

Hachem bet again for 4,200 and Poulengeris had a decision.

“I thought you had ace-king,” chirped Poulengeris but he made the call anyway.

“Ace-ten,” replied Hachem. Those cards were soon into the muck when Poulengeris showed Q♣Q♦. Hachem slipped to 65,000 with the legend of the Enigma gathering momentum with a stack of 105,000.


4:20pm: McDonald makes an exit
Level 10: Blinds 600/1,200 (100)

Mike McDonald just found the rail after clashing again with Daniel Reijmer.

We arrived to see McDonald out of his seat and the board reading 4♥A♥7♣10♣Q♥. McDonald had A♠7♠ in front of him for a flopped two pair but Reijmer held J♥9♥ for a rivered flush.

While we missed the action, McDonald’s post-bust out Tweet filled us in.

“Busto main in 150k pot. Guy bet calls a potsized checkshove on turn with a hand that is a fold against all my possible bluffs. What the f**k” read the Tweet.

McDonald headed to the rail while Reijmer stacked up a mountain of chips.

4:00pm: Play resumes
Level 10: Blinds 600/1,200 (100)

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3:45pm: Break time!

The players are now taking a scheduled fifteen-minute break. Back soon!

3:40pm: Hachem chips up
Level 9: Blinds 500/1,000 (100)

2005 World Champion Joe Hachem has openly stated that he still harbours the desire to make a deep run, and ultimately win, his home town event of the Aussie Millions.

After being short stacked early in the day, Hachem is slowly clawing his way into contention.

In a recent pot, Hachem engaged in a battle of the blinds on a flop of 6♥Q♦9♣. The small blind checked to Hachem in the big and he bet 2,700. That amount was called before both players checked the K♦ turn.

The river brought the 2♦ and it was checked to Hachem who bet 5,400. His opponent gave it some thought and tossed out calling chips, but mucked when Hachem tabled K♣3♥ for top pair. Hachem is now up to 55,000.

3:20pm: Reijmer bests McDonald in battle of the blinds
Level 9: Blinds 500/1,000 (100)

It folded around to Mike McDonald in the small blind who completed before the action was on Daniel Reijmer. The Dutchman bumped it up to 3,000 in chips and after a call from McDonald the flop fell 9♥2♥7♠.

The action went check-check on the flop and the 10♦ turn but things changed when the 5♥ river arrived. McDonald bombed it for 9,000 and was snap-called by Reijmer as players tabled their hands..

McDonald: J♠9♦
Reijmer: 2♠5♣

McDonald had flopped top pair but Reijmer had spiked two pair on the river and collected the pot.

3:00pm: Hachem three-bet folds
Level 9: Blinds 500/1,000 (100)

The action began when a player opened to 2,300 from the hijack seat. The man on the button made the call but when it got to Joe Hachem in the small blind, he raised it up to 7,000.

Back on the initial raiser, he put in a four-bet to 14,000 in chips. The button folded and the decision was back on Hachem.

Surrounded by a camera crew filming a documentary involving Hachem, the 2005 WSOP Main Event champion gave it considerable thought. He counted out his chips and looked like he wanted to commit but ultimately he threw his hand away.

2:50pm: Convey cut
Level 9: Blinds 500/1,000 (100)

PokerStars Blog blogger and commentator Marc Convey has been plying his trade on the felt at the Aussie Millions this year, enjoying an opportunity to holiday and play some cards rather than work behind the laptop.

However it will be back to the day job for Convey after the Aussie Millions dream has come to an end. Convey three-bet his short stack all in from the button with ace-king but unfortunately for him the big blind woke up with pocket aces! There was no miracle for Convey as he was eliminated from the tournament.

2:40pm: Live stream of stacked feature table
Level 9: Blinds 500/1,000 (100)

As the Main Event rolls on for Day 2, we should mention that live streaming of today’s play has recently kicked off thanks to Jason Somerville and Twitch TV.

Somerville is providing commentary of the feature table with hole cards on a 30-minute delay, and it’s an incredible line up on the feature table at the moment.

Working around the table in seating order we have Jeff Gross, Tony Dunst, Alex Lynskey, Julius Colman, Oliver Speidel, Aaron Lim, Richard Ashby and Xuan Liu. It’s an awesome line up of poker champions and international superstars that make the Aussie Millions so great!

You can watch the live stream for free at


2:30pm: Down they fall
Level 9: Blinds 500/1,000 (100)

Craig Cockburn is the latest casualty from the Main Event. He three-bet jammed his last 23,800 with A♣Q♣ but was called by an opponent holding a dominant A♠K♦.

The board ran out 10♥10♦5♠4♥6♠ and Cockburn was sent to the rail.

We’ve also received word that a couple of more high profile players have also been eliminated.

Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang fell when his ace-queen failed to improve against pocket eights, while the defending champion, Manny Stavropoulos committed with pocket nines on an eight-high flop but was bettered by pocket tens.

2:15pm: Play resumes
Level 9: Blinds 500/1,000 (100)

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2:00pm: First break

Players have left the tournament area for their first 15-minute break of the day. Play will resume shortly.

1:55pm: Chen-an Lin makes an exit
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 (100)

We arrived at the table just in time to see Chen-an Lin getting up from his seat, the recent-made PokerStars Team Pro had A♦A♠ in front of him with the board reading 10♥2♥J♥Q♦3♦.

The pot, however, was being pushed the way of Stephen Chidwick who had J♠J♣ for a flopped set to crack the overpair.

Lin headed for the exit while Chidwick stacked up 110,000 chips in total.

1:50pm: Enigma in the building
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 (100)

We just overheard an interesting conversation on table 57. A player wearing a shirt covered in question marks was engaged in some banter with Fabian Quoss.

“They call me Enigma. I’ve won the Sunday Million and come fourth in it before” the player boasted to Quoss.

“That’s impressive,” Quoss replied, “I’ve never even made a deep run in it.”

It turns out Enigma’s story checks out. According to Tony ‘ENIGMA4UME’ Poulengeris did indeed finish fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Million in 2013 for $75,000, and chopped the tournament heads up just last August for $138,000.

The two traded some more comments about luck and patience before Poulengeris made it clear he didn’t know about Quoss’s accolades.

“Do you play any big tournaments?” Poulengeris asked, not knowing Quoss has almost $7,000,000 in lifetime earnings and has locked up a seat on the $100,000 Challenge final table this week.

Quoss responded that he did play in the big games and the two agreed that in that case they had probably come across each other at some point.

Time will tell how Poulengeris and Quoss fare here on Day 2. Stay with us for all your live reporting needs to find out.

1:40pm: Obst crushing
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 (100)

James Obst is continuing his giant-killing ways out on the back corner of the satellite room.

After eliminating a player on the previous hand, we watched Obst raise to 1,800 preflop. He picked up one caller in position to see a K♥7♣3♣ flop. Both players checked before Obst check-called for 1,600 on the A♠ turn.

When the 7♦ river paired the board, Obst bet out enough 20,000 which was enough to put his opponent all-in. The play quickly folded and Obst raked in another pot to climb to 280,000 chips.

1:20pm: Two-outer hurts Chew
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 (100)

It looked like things went four-way to a paired A♣A♥7♦ flop.

One player checked before a shortstack led for 6,000 into the three others in the hand. Next-to-act Stevan Chew made the call before Chance Kornuth on the button and the fourth runner both folded their hands.

The 2♣ appeared on the turn and the flop bettor tossed his last 9,700 into the middle. Action now back on Chew, he scratched his head and sipped his coffee. After a few minutes deliberating he decided to commit the chips and saw he’d made a great call.

Chew: 9♣9♦
Opponent: 7♥6♥

Chew had his opponent dead to two outs but lo and behold the 7♣ rolled off to give the other player a full house. Still sitting with a healthy stack after that hit, Chew has around 90,000 to play with here on Day 2.

1:00pm: Some early casualties
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 (100)

Plenty of Team PokerStars Pros made it through to Day 2 of the Main Event, but unfortunately one is an early casualty as Celina Lin was just spotted making her exit from the poker room.

She tweeted the details of her bustout saying that she three-bet shoved with ace-queen but her opponent held ace-king.

Also on the rail is Michael O’Grady who must’ve used all of his good fortune by scoring a “free upgrade” to front row tickets at the tennis last night. O’Grady recalled to us that he check-raised all in with A♠K♠ on a jack-high flop with two spade, but his opponent called with jack-ten. O’Grady added a straight draw on the turn, but the river bricked to send him crashing to the rail.


12:50pm: Feature table stacked
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 (100)

Players have just taken their seats and some might be a little frustrated with their tough table draw.

Our feature table is lined with familiar faces, consisting of Jeff Gross, Seet Pin Tan, Julius Colman, Pratyush Buddiga, Oliver Speidel, Richard Ashby and Xuan Liu.

Speidel won this event back in 2012 and while he only starts the day with 43,600 in chips, Speidel will be looking to spin it up and make another impressive run at the title.

And speaking of champions, Table 46 sees WSOP Main Event winners Martin Jacobson and Australia’s own Joe Hachem seated together. We’ll be keeping an eye out to see if the two tangle in any big pots.

12:35pm: Late registrations
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 (100)

Registration for the Main Event is open until the end of Level 8, which means that latecomers have the rest of this level to plonk down $10,600 and jump into the action.

Already today there have been five players who have taken advantage of that. With the blinds at just 400/800/100, they’ll start with almost 40 big blinds which is plenty to get busy with.

12:30pm: Play under way on Day 2
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 (100)

The players have unbagged their chips and taken their seats for Day 2 of the Aussie Millions Main Event. Over the first two days we’ve seen over 720 players come through the doors of the Crown Poker Room and after the first day of carnage, just 376 players remain with dreams of fame and fortune.

We’ll be playing a shorter day today with just five levels and no dinner break. That means we’ll finish some time around 9:00pm which is just in time for tonight’s Player’s Party at Club 23 here at Crown.

Crown Poker Tournament Director Joel Williams has given the final instructions and the cards are in the air!


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Live updates brought to you courtesy of Brad Kain and Heath Chick. Photos by Jonno Pittock and Christian Zetzsche.


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