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There were a total of 255 entries in the second flight of the 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event, bringing the overall number so far to 497.
The tournament comes with a $1,000,000 guarantee, and with three flights to go, they are well on their way to surpassing that amount and perhaps even challenge the record of 1,752, set last year when Muhammad Asad won the largest 1k tournament in the Southern Hemisphere for A$219,980 (US$158,385) after a three-way deal.
From Flight 2, just 38 advanced bringing the total number of players through to Day 2 at 66. Notables advancing include 2019 Australian Poker Hall of Fame Inductee Jonathan Karamalikis (65,900), last year's fifth-place finisher Pierce McKellar (54,100), Kristy Arnett (50,400), Bart Lybaert (49,900), 2018 Opening Event champion Benedikt Eberle (47,700) and Loni Harwood (30,200).
Here is a full list of the 38 advancing:
End of Day Chip Counts
Tomorrow sees two starting flights in the Opening Event. The first (Flight 3) gets underway at 12:10 pm and the second (Flight 4) starts at 6:10 pm.
Players will receive 15,000 starting chips and have twelve 40-minute levels to navigate if they want to make it to Day 2.
PokerNews will be bringing you continued highlights, interviews and more from the first week of the Aussie Millions before the live reporting gets underway later on in the month.
From a starting field of 42 players, Event #2: A$2,500 H.O.R.S.E. has reached a final table. As expected, plenty of big names have made it this far including New Zealand's Jan Suchanek, who will start as chip leader with eight remaining, ahead of former Aussie Millions Main Event champion Ari Engel.
Suchanek has a highly impressive record here at the Aussie Millions, with a championship ring and three second-place finishes in 8 Game events between 2012 and 2014. He also has a third and a second place finish in the H.O.R.S.E. in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
France's Julien Sitbon and Poland's Dzmitry Urbanovich are the only other non-Australians at the final table. Australia is naturally well-represented, with 2017 runner-up Rainer Quel joined by Alan Wilson, Simon Chahine and Vasco Zapantzis.
Final Table Draw
|8||Jan Suchanek||New Zealand||119,300|
Players who busted today included 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell, 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem, Phil Hui, Bryce Yockey, Benny Glaser, Billy 'The Croc' Argyros, and Oliver Gill.
The remaining eight players are not yet in the money, with only the top six guaranteed a payout of A$6,615.
|Place||Payout (AUD)||Payout (USD)|
The final table resumes at 1 pm on January 6, with a winner set to be crowned later in the evening. Stay tuned to PokerNews for the full reaction and winner's recap.
Daniel Mayoh is hoping that an extra year of work at the poker table will go a long way to helping him defend his $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. title at the 2020 Aussie Millions.
Despite coming in as defending champion, Mayoh admits that it will be an achievement just to cash in what is consistently one of the toughest fields at the festival.
"There's not a lot of recreational players in this field," said Mayoh. "I'll know all of the Melbourne regulars, and actually over the last twelve months, there has been a lot more mixed games being played here in Melbourne.
"There's a good dozen of us who have got a lot more experience than we did this time last year. We'll see if that translates today!
As well as winning his first championship ring here in Melbourne, last year saw Mayoh head to Las Vegas for the first time to take part in the World Series of Poker.
"I was only there for the first two weeks, playing a few of the $1,500 Mixed Game events. I was a little put off by some of the Americans. They're very...insulting, or condescending if they think you're playing badly they'll insult you for it, even though they want bad players at their table! I really didn't get it.
"If I go back this year I'll do it with a thicker skin and just put headphones on and ignore it a bit more!"
With the experience under his belt, Mayoh said he has also been putting in the work in cash games here in Australia too.
"I played a lot of mixed cash games at the World Series and that was great, it's just harder to get those games up here. It's all about getting the games spread that we want, so when we do it it's a really great chance to play. Now I'm ready for the Aussie Millions!
"I've just been really looking forward to this, to have a chance to defend my title."
Last year's field of 54 in the $2,500 H.O.R.S.E was full of poker talent and if the early stages of this year's event are anything to go by, poker fans should be in for a treat as the great and the good of the mixed game poker world join the field.
And with 20 players already in their seats, here are some of the big names making early appearances:
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Mel Judah made the final table of the 1997 WSOP Main Event the year that Stu Ungar won, and the 72-year-old's US$3.6m in lifetime earnings is good enough for ninth in the Australian all-time money list.
Closer to home, Judah has three Aussie Millions Championship rings to his name, including in the H.OR.S.E. event back in 2013.
Mel Judah Aussie Millions Titles
|Year||Event||Payout (AUD)||Payout (USD)|
|2009||A$1,100 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo||A$30,600||US$21,737|
|2010||A$1,100 Team Event||A$30,520||US$28,169|
With no career cashes outside of the United States or the Bahamas, it appears that Bryce Yockey has made his first trip to the Aussie Millions, and you couldn't pick a better event than the H.O.R.S.E. for him to ease himself into the festival.
The mixed game specialist has twelve WSOP final tables, with all but two coming in mixed events. Yockey also final tabled the prestigious Poker Players Championship earlier this year, finishing fourth for US$325,989
An Aussie Millions ring-winner in 2019, winning the Shot Clock Teams for A$11,160 (US8,066), Oliver Gill also won the 8-Game Mixed event in 2015, and followed that up by final tabling in both 2016 and 2017.
He will be hoping for a strong performance in the H.O.R.S.E., an event that he final tabled in fourth back in 2010.
Benny Glaser doesn't mess around when it comes to the Aussie Millions. In two years, the Englishman has recorded four cashes at the festival with no finish lower than ninth.
The biggest cash came in 2019 with an eighth-place finish in the $5,000 Six Max, won by Jamie Lee, with Glaser also looking for a third consecutive 8 Game Mixed Event final table when that event kicks off on January 13.
Benny Glaser Aussie Millions Results
|Year||Event||Place||Payout (AUD)||Payout (USD)|
|2018||$2,500 8 Game Mixed Event||5th||A$12,780||US$10,207|
|2019||$1,150 Six Max||9th||A$9,595||US$6,870|
|2019||$2,500 8 Game Mixed Event||5th||A$14,125||US$10,076|
|2019||$5,000 Six Max||8th||A$22,030||US$15,980|
Other players in the event are David Gorr, Julien Sitbon, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Andrew Kelsall, and Ari Engel.
Welcome back to the 2020 Aussie Millions here at the Crown Casino in what is a rainy Melbourne. Many players are drawn to the city in the height of summer with the thought of picking up a tan, but today they might have to rethink their plans and instead just focus on the poker!
Today sees two events take place, with the second flight of the Opening Event getting underway at 12:10 pm, followed by the start of Event #2: $2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
|5th January||Opening Event Flight 2||12:10pm||A$1,150|
Yesterday, 28 of 242 players advanced from the opening flight with Zack Lowrie (213,800), Julien Sitbon (200,000) and Martin Jacobson (169,900) the top three in chips.
The second flight will see players receive 10,000 in starting chips and play twelve 40-minute levels before bagging at approximately 8:30 pm local time.
Last year, Daniel Mayoh took down the Aussie Millions H.O.R.S.E crown after defeating a tough field of 54 players and an even tougher final table featuring the likes of Timothy Marsters, Michael Moore and Billy 'The Croc' Argyros to win A$29,120 after a three-handed deal.
|Place||Name||Country||Payout (AUD)||Payout (USD)|
|4||Michael Moore||United States||$13,365||$9,606|
|5||Billy 'The Croc' Argyros||Australia||$9,720||$6,986|
*denotes three-handed deal
"It's been a lot of fun," Mayoh told PokerNews after his victory last year. "I feel very blessed and very lucky. I think all of us were all in and drawing at some point of the day, myself included. This was a very tough final table; any of the seven of us had the skills to win it."
Players start this event with 15,000 chips and today they will play 18 levels or until a final table, whichever comes first. Levels are 40 minutes long until they reach the final table when they increase to 60 minutes.
Want to learn how to play H.OR.S.E.? Why not head to the PokerNews Strategy section to pick up some tips on one of the most popular mixed game formats?
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