Canadian Contenders Continue at Crown Casino
On Wednesday, the qualifiers from three starting flights combined for Day 2 and were joined by three last-minute registrants at PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Aussie Millions Main Event. Now with an official count of the total field, it numbers 648, down by 20 from last year's 668.
Day 2 saw 344 players return to Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia to chase their dream of being the next champion, a title worth $1.6 million. After five 90-minute levels, 125 of those players bagged up chips while the rest were eliminated from the tournament.
At the top of the heap sits New Zealander Jan Suchanek, his second day in a row to finish as the chipleader, as he finished Day 1a in the lead as well. Suchanek sealed up 483,900 chips to bring back to the table for Day 3 on Thursday.
The top Canadian hope after Day 2 is Andrew Chen who has a top-10 stack of 344,400 chips. Not far behind him is defending champion Ami Barer with 318,600 with the average stack currently sitting at just over 150,000. Others still in the hunt are Jonas Mackoff (228,700), Mike McDonald (167,300), Jonathan Roy (133,500), Terrence Chan (73,700) and Xuan Liu (63,000, unconfirmed).
Only one other Canadian played Day 2 but didn't make it through. Shyam Srinivasan won't be repeating the success he had the last Main Event he played. At PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Srinivasan finished 10th in the Main Event for over $90,000.
There's still a tough grind ahead. When Day 3 resumes on Thursday, our Canadian hopes will have to face the likes of Phil Ivey, Mustapha Kanit, Benny Spindler, Felix Stephensen, Phil Gruissem, and others. Check back in with PokerNews Canada at the end of play for a recap of the action.