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Ivey, Antonius, Obst Take Over Aussie Millions Day 2
Poker superstars Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey were impressive on Day 2 of Crown Casino's 2013 Aussie Millions but Adelaide-native James Obst was unstoppable.
Obst finished as the overall chip leader on Day 2 with 1.06 million chips after a frenetic day of action. You can learn more about the Australian MTT master in an interview we did with Obst earlier in the day.
Meanwhile Ivey finished with 390,500 chips and Antonius finished with 332,000. Both players are in the top 20 chip counts.
Australian railbirds got a serious treat when the two IveyPoker.com teammates were seated at the same table for much of the day. Ivey and Antonius had no problems going right at each other but neither player found the knockout blow.
Day 2 began with 312 players but after seven levels of action the field had been cut down to a much more reasonable 69 players.
Some of the other notable players through to Day 3 include Jay Tan, Lee Markholt, Brandon Adams, Dan Shak, Celina Lin and Tyron Krost.
$1.6 Million First-Place Prize Up for Grabs
Payouts were finally announced on Day 2 and with 629 entrants the prizepool hit AUD$6.2 million.
Despite getting 30 less players this year, Crown found a way to still award the same $1.6 million to first place. In fact this year the first-place winner will also receive a Chrysler 300C and a $40k Aussie Millions bracelet.
Super statistician Nate Silver’s impressive run at the 2013 Aussie Millions finally came to an end on Day 2 in a sick cooler. Silver, who was amongst the chip leaders for much of the day, got all in with pocket kings only to have Gary Benson call him down with pocket aces.
The aces held and Silver was sent packing. It was a disappointing finish for what was a strong showing from the New York Times blogger.
Some of the other famous faces to hit the rail on Day 2 included Annette Obrestad, Eoghan O’Dea, Neil Channing, Jackie Glazier, Mike Watson, Tony Bloom, Joe Hachem, Sam Holden, Toby Lewis, Jason Mercier and Kenny Tran.
Day 3 of the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event begins at 12:30 p.m. local time tomorrow. The massive $250k Super High Roller also starts tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., which is a day earlier than originally scheduled.