The 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event has reached Day 3 and only 109 of the original 668 entrants still have chips at their disposal. One man who has plenty of chips to hand is the former November Niner, Ireland’s Eoghan O’Dea whose 345,500 chips put him in 10th place as the money bubble looms.
O’Dea will be the first to admit that tournament poker hasn’t exactly gone his way since his sixth place finish in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event; a fact that is reflected in the fact he banked less than $73,000 during 2012 and 2013 combined. Although there is a long way to go in this A$10,600 buy-in event, O’Dea has put himself in a position to not only secure a min-cash of A$15,000 – paid out to 72nd place – but to give himself a shot at the massive A$1,600,000 first place prize.
The popular Irishman is not the only player from the Emerald Isle who is safely through to Friday’s Day 3, Gerard McNeil also progressed, albeit with a slightly lesser stack of 194,800.
Nine British players bagged up chips at the end of Day 2 and some of them struggled to fit their sizable stacks into a single overnight bag. Rhys “floppinhel” Jones bagged up the most of the British contingent, his 340,100 stack putting him up there with the leaders.
Big stacks are also in the possession of Craig McCorkell (290,000), Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (263,100) and Louis Salter (188,000) and you can see a full breakdown of the UK and Irish players still in the hunt for the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event title in the table below:
As you’d expect from a tournament of this magnitude, there are still a plethora of the world’s best players still competing for top honours as the money bubble looms. Martin Jacobson (255,600), Scott Seiver (361,500), Erik Seidel (261,200), Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (103,600) and Jonathan Duhamel (333,700), Michael Watson (149,200), Annette Obrestad (87,100), Jeffrey Rossiter (87,800), John Juanda (373,800) and Sorel Mizzi (507,100) being just a few of the stellar names hoping to stay out of the blistering Australian sun for a few more days.
Play resumes at 12:15 local time and six 90-minute levels are on the schedule. You can follow all of the action over at our live reporting pages, so make sure you bookmark them so you can rail the British and Irish players all the way to victory!