Andrew Chen Looking Strong in Main Event
The second of three starting flights of PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Aussie Millions Main Event began on Monday at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. After 183 players paid the $10,600 entry fee on Day 1a, another 173 joined the action on Day 1b. After seven 90-minute levels, approximately 91 players remained with Ian Wassell leading with 229,500 chips.
Monday saw a few more Canadians survive with a stack to qualify for Day 2. The one with the most chips was Andrew Chen with 88,200, and he sits in 11th overall on the day's leaderboard. Sean Giesbrecht will also carry chips to Day 2 after bagging up 27,300, but would have had plenty more if it weren't for the loss of a big pot:
Shyam Srinivasan is hanging on with 8,400 chips, and Will Molson also took a shot on Day 1b, but was eliminated before the end of the day.
There is still one more chance for players to enter the most prestigious poker tournament in the southern hemisphere. Day 1c will qualify another field of players on Tuesday, and you can check in to PokerNews Canada to see how the Canadian contingent fares.
Final Table Set in $100,000 Challenge
The second day of the $100,000 Challenge saw 28 high-roller players return to the tables after bagging up chips from Day 1, and with registration and reentry still open until play resumed, a further seven players bought a starting stack to begin Day 2. All but one were reentries, including Canadian Sorel Mizzi who wanted a second crack at this event.
Out of those 35, the day ended with a final table of eight set, and none of them are Canadian. German sensation Ole Schemion sits on top with 1.888 million chips, and tagging behind are Jason Mo, Erik Seidel, Justin Bonomo, Dani Stern, Richard Yong, Scott Seiver, and Alex Trevallion.
The remaining eight or now in the money, as Dan Smith's elimination in ninth place burst the money bubble. There is $1,870,000 sitting up top for first place.
As for the three Canadians who participated in Day 2, Mizzi's second bullet ended the same was as his first, being eliminated from this tournament with a return on his investment. Mike McDonald also fell on Day 2 when he ran two pairs into Igor Kurganov's straight and was unable to improve to a full house. That left just one Canadian in the running: Sam Greenwood, who is fresh off of a sixth-place finish at the most recent $100,000 tournament at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).
Unfortunately, Greenwood couldn't match his great result at PCA. He got coolered against current chip-leading Ole Schemion in a big pot. Greenwood four-bet to 150,000 preflop in early position and Schemion called. The flop was and Greenwood continued for a tiny 75,000. Schemion called to see a turn of and Greenwood pushed all in for about 240,000. Schemion snap-called and flipped over , dominating Greenwood's . The river of changed nothing, and Greenwood was eliminated in 16th place.
The $100,000 Challenge will now pause at the final table while the Main Event plays out, and the last eight players will return on January 31 to resume their high roller.