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Event #12: $100,000 Challenge



Event #12: $100,000 Challenge
Day 1 completed

Chidwick & Rast Tie for Chip Lead Among 18 Survivors

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Stephen Chidwick & Brian Rast
Stephen Chidwick & Brian Rast

While the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event kicked of on one side of the Crown Melbourne poker room, Day 1 of the prestigious $100,000 Challenge took place on the other. The first day of play attracted 29 players who accounted for eight reentries, which brought the total field up to 37 – down for last year's 70 entries.

However, late registration and reentries are open through the end of Level 9 on Day 2, so that number is sure to grow. As for Day 1 action, which encompassed eight one-hour levels, two players thrived in Stephen Chidwick and Brian Rast, who tied of the chip lead with 378,500 among the 18 survivors.

Others who bagged big were Connor Drinan (372,000), Jeff Rossiter (297,000), and Fabain Quoss (235,000).

The day started off rough for online pro Ben Tollerene, who lost a big pot to Phil Ivey early on and failed to recover. Tollerene was the first player to fall, but he promptly reentered and ended up bagging a healthy 275,500.

One player who did survive Antonio Esfandiari, who had a short and not at all sweet stay after he bluffed away his stack in Level 3. Esfandiari did not return. Others who had a rough go were Andrew Lichtenberger, who busted two bullets, and Ivey, who fell in the last level of the night after a big flush-over-flush hand.

Meanwhile, Russia's all-time money winner Igor Kurganov, who finished runner-up in the $25K Challenge the night before for AU$541,680, ended up firing four times. Nothing went right in the first three, but the fourth got him through Day 1 with 120,500.

Day 2 will commence at 2:00 p.m. local time on Monday with the plan of playing down to the final table. Late registration will remain open for the first level of the day, and chance are Ivey and some other fallen players will take another crack at the title. Stay tuned to PokerNews as we bring you all the latest and greatest from the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championships.

Tags: Brian RastStephen Chidwick

End-of-Day Chip Counts & Day 2 Table Draw

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TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
81Erik SeidelUnited States174,00044
83Connor DrinanUnited States372,00093
84Paul NeweyUnited Kingdom59,50015
86Ben TollereneUnited States275,50069
87Mike McDonaldCanada215,50054
88Fabian QuossGermany235,00059
91Jason MercierUnited States143,50036
93Brian RastUnited States378,50095
95Byron KavermanUnited States148,00037
96Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom378,50095
97Fedor HolzGermany113,00028
98David PetersUnited States104,00026
102Martin JacobsonSweden179,00045
103Jeff RossiterAustralia297,00074
104Steve O'DwyerIreland147,50037
106Igor KurganovRussia120,50030
107Sam GreenwoodCanada231,00058
108Pratyush BuddigaUnited States134,50034
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 378,500 23,500
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 378,500 29,000
Connor Drinan us
Connor Drinan
us 372,000 147,000
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au 297,000 -33,000
Ben Tollerene us
Ben Tollerene
us 275,500 228,500
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
de 235,000 70,400
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 231,000 -1,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 215,500 -14,500
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 179,000 -56,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 174,000 -72,700
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 148,000 -75,800
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 147,500 76,600
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 143,500 55,200
Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
us 134,500 51,500
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 120,500 -44,500
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 113,000 -40,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us 104,000 4,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 59,500 -40,500

The Longest Preflop Hand

Webjoker • Level 8: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

The last hand of the night at the feature table was a long one. Ben Tollerene opened the button for 7,000 and small bind Connor Drinan three-bet to 22,500. Steve O'Dwyer in the big blind cold four-bet to 51,000 and Tollerene folded.

Drinan needed some time though and tanked for 30 seconds before tossing in a time breaker chip. When his minute of thinking was counted down, he needed some more time and tossed in his last time breaker chip. With just 3 seconds left he announced all in.

Steve O'Dwyer smiled of disbelief and had his half a minute count down before he as well tossed in his time breaker chip. In the end he folded and Drinan showed his {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}.

Tags: Ben TollereneConnor DrinanSteve O'Dwyer

Two More Hands

Webjoker • Level 8: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Just two more hands are to be played, and the day is done. We'll report back to you with end of day chip counts and an extensive recap of today's action.

Tony G Sighting

Webjoker • Level 8: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Tony G is on the rail, taking photos with fans. In the past he has played this event, but it doesn't have the looks of it like he's going to do so this year.

Greenwood Doubles Quoss

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Fabian Quoss opened for 7,500 from the hijack and action folded to Sam Greenwood in the big blind. The Canadian shoved all in and was beaten in the pot by Quoss.

Fabian Quoss: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}
Sam Greenwood: {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{Q-Spades}{J-Hearts}{A-Spades} and Quoss received a full double up with just a few minutes left for the day.

Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 232,000 -78,000
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
de 164,600 64,600

Tags: Fabian QuossSam Greenwood

Juanda Sent Packing

Webjoker • Level 8: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
John Juanda
John Juanda

John Juanda opened the button and Sam Greenwood made the call from the small blind. The flop came {2-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{K-Hearts} and Greenwood checked. Juanda made a bet of 9,000 and Greenwood tossed in a big chip while announcing to make it 24,000.

Juanda thought about it for just 20 seconds or so and shoved all in for 79,600. Greenwood called immediately.

John Juanda: {K-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Sam Greenwood: {K-Clubs}{J-Spades}

The {5-Diamonds} on the turn and {4-Clubs} on the river couldn't save Juanda and he made his exit with just 15 minutes of play left for the day.

Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 310,000 110,000
John Juanda id
John Juanda
id Busted

Tags: Sam GreenwoodJohn Juanda

Flush Over Flush Sends Ivey Out the Door

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey got off to a hot start in this tournament, but he cooled off as things dragged on.

In what would be his last hand — at least on his first bullet — Ivey called from the button after Jeff Rossiter had raised from the hijack and Fedor Holz flatted the cutoff. Both blinds folded, the flop came down {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}, and Rossiter led out for 14,500.

Holz folded, Ivey called, and the dealer burned and turned the {Q-Hearts}. Rossiter bet 32,000, Ivey called, and the {2-Hearts} completed the board on the river. Rossiter proceeded to move all in and Ivey wasted little time in dropping in his last 91,000. Rossiter rolled over the {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts} for a runner-runner flush, and Ivey flinched before showing a flush of his own, albeit an inferior one with the {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}.

Ivey didn't appear to be interested in reentering tonight, but something tells us he'll take another crack at it tomorrow.

Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au 330,000 118,000
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us Busted

Tags: Jeff RossiterPhil Ivey

Newey Falls to Chidwick; Reenters Straight Away

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

We missed the elimination of Paul Newey, but learned some details after the fact courtesy of Brian Rast. As he told it, Stephen Chidwick had opened with a raise holding {k-}{q-} and Newey defended his big blind with the {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}.

The {q-}{q-}{10-} flop saw Newey check-call a bet of 6,000 and then get his last 25,000 all in when the {8-Clubs} turn gave him a flush. Chidwick put him at risk, and then scored the knockout when a {10-} paired the board on the river and improved him to a full house.

Newey immediately made his way to the registration desk to reenter and has been reseated at the feature table.

Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 355,000 207,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 100,000 100,000

Tags: Paul NeweyStephen Chidwick