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$10,000 Main Event

Sam Ingham Leads After Day 1a of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event

Sam Ingham

The first of three starting days of the 2017 Aussie Millions drew a crowd of 212 players, up from the 180 last year, and it was Sam Ingham who came out on top with an impressive 160,100-chip stack.

After a word from Australian former cricketer and the countries best bowler to date Shane Warne, the action got underway, and Warne took his seat as well. The man who took over 1,000 test and one-day international wickets in his career didn't have an outstanding day but still managed to bag up 37,600 in chips.

Things didn't go well for Phil Laak, who was among the first players to get knocked out, and the same can be said for Jonathan Karamalikis. Sylvain Loosli, Sam Trickett, Annette Obrestad and Dan Shak were among the other casualties as well as WSOP bracelet winner and EPT champion Martin Finger who ran his ace-king into his opponent's pocket queens, and that made sure he wouldn't make a deep run in the event.

Plenty of familiar faces played on Day 1a, with Sam Higgs among those that did very well, bagging up 107,900. Other top pros that advanced include Corey Kempson (91,900), Jennifer Tilly (85,000) Kahle Burns (73,600), Martin Jacobson (49,300) and Bryan Huang (43,500).

In the mid stages of the last level, Ingham faced off against Chance Kornuth in a hand that saw both players commit all their chips on the turn. Ingham had flopped a straight and was leading against Kornuth's flopped set. No repeat card came on the river and Ingham rocketed up to the top of the chip counts leaving a once big-stacked Kornuth to suddenly hit the rail.

Another to take his seat and progress through was Fabian Quoss (15,700), who didn't intend on defending his $100,000 Challenge win from last year, opting to jump into the main event instead. The $100,000 Challenge was scheduled to start today, but after only two players took their seats, the event never got up and running. The event was postponed with the new start time being tomorrow at 1 p.m. Players were told that if they take their seats before the start of the second level, then only $1,000 rake will be charged instead of the initial $2,000.

Day 1b of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event will begin at 12:30 p.m. local time on Monday. Players will once again play seven 90-minute levels, and of course, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there every step of the way to bring you all the action and eliminations straight from the floor of the Crown Melbourne Poker Room.

Higgs Wins Last Hand of the Day

Sam Higgs had become very active as the day drew to a close, taking down several pots with some canny positional play. This trend continued against the short-stacked Jason Gray.

We caught the action on a flop of with Gray and Higgs heads-up just as Gray fired out a bet of roughly 2,500. Higgs came straight over the top with a re-raise to 7,500 and Gray open folded . Higgs turned over for a huge draw and after both players asked the dealer for a rabbit hunt he obligingly peeled off the meaning Higgs would have hit his club flush.

That brings the action to a close and Higgs finished the day with a stack of 107,900 while Gray dropped to 37,200.

Sam Higgs107,9000
Jason Gray37,200200

Assorted End-Of-Day Chip Counts

Sam Ingham160,100-7,300
Sam Higgs107,9007,900
Jennifer Tilly85,0005,000
Luigi Knoppers72,40057,400
Vojtech Ruzicka68,00015,000
Cate Hall67,00055,000
Rainer Kempe58,40022,900
Bas de Laat52,60024,600
Martin Jacobson49,3001,300
Richard Ashby48,50026,900
Fabian Quoss15,7002,200

Three More Hands

And the day is done. We'll report back to you with an extensive end of day recap of today's action as soon as the day has wrapped up.

Seidel Pushes Off Higgs, Bassat Nears 6-figure Mark

With the board reading and around 6,000 in the pot Seidel bet the turn for 2,400 following a check from Sam Higgs in the big blind.

Higgs threw in the call and the dealer peeled off the river. This brought another check from Higgs and a bet of 5,500 from Seidel.

Higgs flashed the before folding but still has close to 100,000 in chips. Seidel climbed to around 86,000 after the hand.

Another player who is fast approaching the six-figure mark is Andrew Bassat who is currently sitting on 93,000.

Sam Higgs100,00030,000
Andrew Bassat93,00049,500
Erik Seidel86,0000

Julius Colman Eliminated

Julius Colman

Julius Colman, praised for his philanthropy, has just been eliminated.

He got his last 10,400 in on a flop of . One player called, another folded. Colman had some catching up to do as his was trailing the of his opponent.

The on the turn and on the river were cards Colman had no usage for and he made his way to the exit with just 13 minutes on the clock for the day.

Julius Colman0-54,000

Timoshenko Terminated

Yevgeniy Timoshenko had been nursing a short stack for quite some time but he couldn't hold on as we approach the end of Day 1a.

Timoshenko was in the middle of ordering a drink when the action folded around to him in the small blind.

"Actually I'm not that confident I'll still be here" he told the waiter and cancelled his order, before moving all in for roughly 5,000 in chips.

"I call" announced the big blind.

"You what?" Timoshenko asked with an unimpressed look. "Ah that's a good hand, I see why you called" he continued after the big blind tabled .

Timoshenko revealed the modest and was in rough shape to keep his tournament alive.

The improved Timoshenko's opponent to top set and with just backdoor draws to remain in the running he couldn't find a miracle as the turn and river signalled the end of Timoshenko's Aussie Millions Main Event.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko0-5,025

Stephensen Hits the Rail

The action started with the player under the gun raising to 1,600 and finding a call from Sam Ingham on the button. Felix Stephensen then moved all in for his remaining 9,700. The original raiser called and Ingham mucked.


Stephensen was in great shape to double until the board ran out giving his opponent a straight on the turn and the winning hand.

Felix Stephensen0-20,000

Ingham Busts Kornuth to Double

Chance Kornuth

Chance Kornuth has taken one too many it would seem and the US player has just busted at the hands of tablemate Sam Ingham.

We caught the action on a flop of in a three-way pot just as Kornuth, sitting in the small blind, led out for 5,500 into what looked to be a pot of between 8,000-9,000.

The big blind folded over to Sam Ingham in the cutoff, who thought it over for a while before sliding out a raise to 20,000 in total.

After asking how much Ingham had behind – around 65,000 – Kornuth made the call and the dealer burned and turned the .

This brought a check from Kornuth. Ingham took his time over the decision before announcing he was all-in.

"So sick…' said Kornuth, 'is a set of fives any good?"

"I don't think I can fold…"

Kornuth looked pained by the decision at hand, looked to be leaning towards a call, then a fold before eventually stacking up his chips and moving them into the middle.

Ingham tabled for the flopped straight, which was leading Kornuth's and with no pair up on the river Kornuth tapped the table, congratulated Ingham on the hand and headed for the rail. Ingham climbed to over 160,000 after that spot of good fortune and if he's not the chip leader he is definitely in contention for the top spot.

Sam Ingham167,4000
Chance Kornuth0-80,000

Obrestad Exits

We arrived at the table just in time to see Annette Obrestad's final hand.

The cards in the middle were spread and Obrestad had in front of her. Unfortunately for the Norwegian that was no good against her opponent's .

Obrestad leaves us halfway through the final level of the day.

Annette Obrestad0-18,000
Tournament Information
Events List
  • Level Info

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: $80,000/160,000
  • Ante: $20,000
  • Players Info

  • Prize Pool: $7,685,000
  • Entries: 725

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