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Katz Atop 33-Entry Aussie Millions AU$100K Challenge Field After Day 1

Cary Katz leads Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

Day 1 of the AU$100,000 Challenge at the 2019 Aussie Millions concluded with the 33-entrant field reduced down to just 14 players with Cary Katz as the overall chip leader.

Katz has been a regular on the high roller scene around the world collecting cashes and victories on his way to amassing over $17.3 million in lifetime earnings. The one result missing on Katz's poker resume is a tournament score on the shores of Australia. But with his start here on Day 1 of the two-day event, Katz has put himself in fantastic position to make a run at the AU$100,000 Challenge title to join the likes of fellow Americans Nick Petrangelo, Andrew Roble, Dan Smith, Dan Shak, Howard Lederer, and Erick Lindgren as previous winners of the Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge.

Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge Day 1 Action

Day 1 action began at Crown Melbourne with a table of players that swiftly developed into two. Two changes were made to the structure of the tournament which included the implementation of the big blind ante and the addition of a 30-second shot clock and four 60-second time extension buttons to speed up play throughout the event.

As players continually joined the field, many were forced to reenter as the likes of Rainer Kempe, Manig Loeser, Kristen Bicknell, Kahle Burns, and Thomas Muehloecker decided to fire a second bullet. Bicknell and Burns found themselves on the rail at the conclusion of play alongside the likes of AU$50,000 Challenge winner Toby Lewis, Tobias Ziegler, Julien Martini, and Koray Aldemir as just 14 players survived the day.

Courtesy of a turn check-raise all-in on the penultimate hand of the day, Katz snatched the chip lead and ended the day with 1,108,000 in chips. On his heels is Alex Foxen who shot out to the chip lead in the first few levels, and although he slipped back to the middle of the pack, he finished strong to end with 999,000 in chips.

Behind Foxen is Manig Loeser who fired three bullets in the event but fortunately ended with 872,000 and will be looking to improve on his second-place in this event last year. Abraham Passet (751,000), Johannes Becker (730,000) and Tsugunari Toma (713,000) are the only other players that sit with an above-average chip stack.

Alex Foxen
Alex Foxen, second in chips after Day 1

Day 2 is set to begin at 12:10 p.m. (AEDT) on Saturday, February 2, and registration and reentries are open through the first level of play. With the Aussie Millions Main Event having a scheduled day off before the final table, players like Bryn Kenney and Michael Addamo might decide to jump in the AU$100,000 Challenge.

When play resumes, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back with continuous live updates of all the AU$100,000 Challenge. So stay tuned right here to for all the live coverage from the 2019 Aussie Millions.

Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
81Michael ZhangUnited Kingdom496,00041
82Johannes BeckerGermany730,00061
83Mustapha KanitItaly419,00035
84Alex FoxenUnited States999,00083
85Abraham PassetGermany751,00063
86Huang ShanChina489,00041
87Tsugunari TomaJapan713,00059
88Thomas MuehloeckerAustria528,00044
101Andras NemethHungary242,00020
102Michael SoyzaMalaysia399,00033
103Dominik NitscheGermany390,00033
104-- empty --------
105Cary KatzUnited States1,108,00092
106-- empty --------
107Manig LoeserGermany872,00073
108Rainer KempeGermany107,0009
  • Cary Katz leads the Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge after Day 1

  • Fourteen players remain Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge from a field of 33 entries

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