Aussie Millions Main Event: Mustapha Kanit takes the lead

The starting flights of the Aussie Millions Main Event ended last night with Mustapha Kanit leading the pack of 372 into Day 2.  The most prestigious tournament in the Southern Hemisphere which has a buy-in of A$10,000 recorded a total of 712 entries as compared to last year’s 732.  But registration is still open today until the end of level 8, so the numbers can still surpass that of 2016.

Aussie Millions Main Event (Photo Crown Poker)

Day 1a – Sam Higgs 107,900 Chips

Day 1a started after a few words from Australian cricketer Shane Warne.  A lot of notable players were seen playing on the field of 212 entries.  Phil Laak was not able to make it into Day2 but his partner and actress Jennifer Tilly pushed through to the next day with 85,000 chips.  Topping the Day1a group was Sam Higgs who won the Joe Hachem Challenge last year.  Others who made it to Day 2 from this group were Corey Kempson, Kahle Burns who won last year’s Sydney Championship Main Event, 2014 WSOP Champion Martin Jacobson and former PokerStar Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang.

Day 1b – Mustapha Kanit 215,000 Chips

Mustapha Kanit had the chip lead with 215,000 chip in a field of 186 entries at the end of the Day 1b.  Kanit from Italy, who placed 2nd in last year’s historical European Poker tour (EPT) Super High Roller Event, is performing quite well in the Main Event.

Unforutnately, most famous Aussie player Joe Hachem, who is currently very vocal about the changes in the Interactive Gambling Act of 2011, didn’t make it to Day 2.  November Niner Federico Butteroni, who played on this day, also hit the rail sooner than expected.

Prominent players that joined Kanit for Day2 were Aussie poker pros  Andrew Hinrichsen, Jeff Rossiter , Alex Lynskey,  Billy Argyros , Tyron Krost, Didier Guerin , Michael Addamo, Liam O’Rourke, Dario Sammartino from Italy, Terrence Chan from Canada, Ryan Otto from New Zealand, Michael Kane from Scotland, American grinder Melanie “Callisto 5” Weisner, American poker pros Jarred Graham, Darryll Fish, and Ryan D’Angelo.

Day 1c – Tony Mladenovski 187,400

Australian Tony Mladenovski who based on Hendon Mob has only 3 total career cash finishes, topped the list with 187,400 for Day 1c, which accumulated 322 entries. World Poker Tour commentator and professional poker player Tony Dunst was able to move forward along with 2016 APPT Aussie Millions Main Event champion Ari Engel who will try to defend his title this year with 60,000 in chips entering Day2.

Poker King Club President Winfred Yu was seen on the floor but was felted earlier in the day.  Players who joined him at the rail were David Peters, Alex Keating, Connor Drinan, and Fatima Moreira de Melo.

Other luminaries that will be seen in Day2 are Jay Tan, Sam Grafton and Craig McCorkell from the United Kingdom, Joel Douaglin from Australia, Artur Koren from Austria, Mike Watson  from Canada and Charlie Carrel who will enter Day 2 with the shortest stack of 34,300 chips, a stack less than the big blind.

The Aussie Millions Main Event Day2 will start at 12:30pm today with registration still open until the end of level 8.

Top 10

Mustapha Kanit 215,000
Ben Lai 204,700
Koray Aldemir 189,500
Tony Mladenovski 187,400
Samuel Ingham 160,100
Rhys Jones 159,800
Alek Givotovsky 152,300
Tyler Jam Mckendry 150,600
Xen Xenofontos 143,000
Timothy English 140,000

Article by Gabrielle Barredo

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