With a host of big names still in with a chance at the start of the day, there were plenty of tables for the neutrals to keep an eye on, as chips flowed back and forth. With the second day finally wrapped up, we can bring you some of the interesting stories, and stacks, which are still in play.
With late registry closing it's doors at the end of the second level today, we can now give concrete numbers for this year's Aussie Millions Main Event. The total number of entries stands at 732, but after the fierce competition throughout today, there are now only 149 survivors. Of those players, 80 will reach the money. The eventual winner of the event will take home AU$ 1,600,000 with the total prize pool reaching the dizzying heights of AU$ 7,320,000. This make the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event the biggest one seen in the last 6 years, which bodes well for poker in Australlia, and Asia.
Chip leaders and notable names
Many players fell during today's action, with the surviving Team Pokerstars Pros being decimated. After Bryan Huang, Celina Lin, Jason Mercier and Randy Lew all busted, it now falls to Liv Boeree to hold the Pokerstars banner high, and she is currently doing just that, with 47,900 chips. With the blinds at 1,000/2,000 she won't be able to sit back for long tomorrow, of course. Erik Seidel and Martin Jacobson are in similar positions, with close to 20BB's each. German pro Fabien Quoss is in better shape with 91,600 as is Terry Fan, with 105,300. Joe Hachem has 139,700 and 8 Game champion Stephen Chidwick has a comfortable looking 222,900. Kitty Kuo is also looking good with 233,800 and German pro Philipp Gruissem is also doing well, with 260,100. In the upper reaches of the chip counts we find a familiar name in James Obst, who had a great day 1, and has continued to gather momentum through day 2. He sits with 378,500. At the very top of the leader board sits Honeyman Dylan, with 517,200.
Liv Boeree (PokerStars Blog)
Players will be looking to press on towards the money tomorrow, building stacks to make their run at the final table.
Chip Counts: here