Max Silver is enjoying his Day 1a after taking down a pot and building to 43,000 in chips.
He was on the button and went to a flop of with the player in the small blind. The latter bet 2,200 into Silver who called before the dealer turned the .
The small blind fired for another 3,500 and Silver stuck around to see the peel off on the river.
On the end the small blind checked and Silver loaded up, firing for 9,000. After a tank for two minutes Silver’s tablemate decided against it and slid his hand into the muck.
On a board reading the action is checked twice to Martin Finger who bets out 1,100. Both his opponents call.
The turn brings the and the decision falls back on Finger who fires out 3,500. Only one player calls as the dealer produces the on the river.
A quick check follows before Finger goes into the tank for a minute. He then tosses out 6,000. His opponent glances down at his cards several times before opting to fold his hand.
Nick Oiberman was first to act and raised to 600. Two seats down sat Bryan Huang who found himself short stacked and in need of a double. He pushed all in for 5,625. Action folded around to Sam Trickett in the big blind and he slid forward 4,000 - having missed the yellow 5,000-chip Huang had in front of him.
Trickett admitted to having made a mistake but as he had not announced raise, it was ruled a call. Oiberman called as well.
Trickett and Oiberman both checked the flop before Trickett bet 3,000 on the turn. Oiberman called but folded to Trickett's beton the river. Trickett showed giving him the side pot but the main pot went to Huang who tabled .
Anton Astapau has been enjoying a decent start to his Main Event and was sitting on what looked to be roughly 48,000 as we came to his table and found the Belarus player involved in a heads-up pot against a tablemate.
We caught the action on the turn with the community cards reading and Astapau, sitting in early position, first to act. There looked to be roughly 5,000 or so in the pot already with Astapau leading out for 2,400 with his opponent, sitting in the cutoff, making the call.
The river was the and after pausing to eye up his opponent’s stack Astapau led out for 6,500. After mulling over his options the player in the cutoff elected to raise to 21,500 bringing a quick fold from Astapau, who open folded leaving his opponent to rake in the 10,600 pot and climb to around 43,000.
Right now, 204 players have entered Day 1a of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event. While registration remains open for the rest of the day, it's already bigger than the Day 1a fields in recent years. Here's a look at the numbers for the past few Aussie Million Main Events:
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The action started with the player under the gun raising to 500 and getting called by the player in the hijack. Annette Obrestad then bumped it up to 2,100 from the cutoff before the decision fell back on the original raiser. He called. The other player mucked.
The flop came down and Obrestad was met with check. She tossed out 2,600 which was matched shortly after.
The turn brought the and a quick check followed. Oberstad stared down her opponent for a minute before splashing out 5,700. The bet was enough to take down the pot as her opponent instantly mucked his hand.
Sam Higgs was off to a great start after late registering but a recent clash with his tablemate sent him hurtling back down to just over starting stack.
Players went five ways to the flop and after two checks, a player made it 500 to go. Higgs was next to act and he bumped it up to 1,400. Following him was Ben Richardson who flat called and after two folds it was back to the initial bettor.
He wanted to play for more and put in another raise to 4,200. After seeing how much his opponent was playing Higgs put in the fourth bet for a total of 11,400. Despite the action Richardson still gave it some thought but ultimately decided to let it go. The other player, however, pushed all in for 16,825 and Higgs called it off.
“I had nine-four” revealed Richardson as the cards went on their backs.
It was the top pair and flush draw of Higgs against middle set and while he was live Higgs couldn’t find a spade on the turn or river.
While Phil Laak may have departed, several more notables have joined the action bringing the total number of entries up to 202.
David Gorr will be a familiar face to many as he has been a Crown regular for decades. With over $2.1 million in career tournament earnings, the 74-year old Malvern native is currently 9th on the Hendon mob Australia All Time Money List and as a former Aussie Millions Champion is no stranger to success. Gore defeated the UK’s James Keys to win the 2011 Main Event for $1.9 million and will be hoping to repeat chance once again.
Also joining the field is lawyer, businessman and philanthropist Julius Colman, co-founder of the Colman Foundation, an educational charity providing grants for books and educational needs to disadvantaged children across Victoria. Colman is also a pretty decent card player sitting in 37th on Australia’s All Time Money List with over $800,000 in tournament earnings and an Aussie Millions Main Event final table on his poker resume – Colman finished 4th in 2007 for a $397,640, the year Gus Hansen emerged victorious.
Another notable is entrepreneur Andrew Bassat – CEO and cofounder of SEEK Australia, the country’s largest employment, career, and recruitment site. Bassat too boasts a very respectable poker resume with over $127,000 in tournament winnings including a deep run in 2016’s Asia Pacific Poker Tour Melbourne Main Event. Bassat already has a cash under his belt at this year's Aussie Millions with a 43rd place finish in the AU$1,150 Six Max Event #6 and will undoubtedly be hoping to go a little farther here in the Main.