Ivey, Payouts Highlight Aussie Millions Day 2

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

The money is within striking distance at the 2012 Aussie Millions and no one is in better position to take advantage than Phil Ivey.

Day 2 of the signature Australian tournament went by today at the speed of a Roger Federer serve, with 239 eliminations in seven levels of play. 

Of the 314 players that entered the day only 75 still have a shot at winning the event.

$1.6 Million for First

Payouts were announced on Day 2 and although first place will walk away with $1.6 million the more important number for players right now is 72. That’s when the payouts begin.

Ultimately this year’s Aussie Millions, with 659 players, came short of the 721-player mark it reached last year.

Of course since that time there has been major changes to the poker economy with the fallout from Black Friday and Full Tilt Poker’s hiatus.

Regardless the prizepool contains over $6 million, which should provide enough motivation for Ivey.

There is one player, Australian Tim O’Shea, who has more chips than Ivey with 921,000 to Ivey’s 778,000 but Ivey looks almost unbeatable as the field continues to narrow.

Dwan, Tony G Among Pros Sent Packing on Day 2

Outside of Ivey, many pros had a rough day.

Tom Dwan, Annette Obrestad, Gus Hansen, Isaac Baron, JC Tran, Jason Mercier, Tony G and Maria Ho were all sent to the rail.

Tony G had a particularly ironic departure as one of the players who qualified for the Aussie Millions on the site he represents – PartyPoker – busted The G out of the tournament.

Meanwhile Tom Dwan had an extended battle with Australian Tom Grigg.

Grigg needled Dwan several times and the New Jersey native even called the clock on the Aussie at one point.

Grigg eventually got the best of Dwan when he hit a straight against the pro's turned set.

Dwan was crippled in the hand and busted shortly after. Grigg finished the day with 225,500 chips.

Not every pro was eliminated, however, as Jason Koon (667,500), David Steicke (453,000 chips), Lee Nelson (432,000 chips), Michael Tureniec (289,000 chips), Matt Wakeman (170,000 chips) and Grant Levy (80,000 chips) will all carry on into Day 3.

Day 3 kicks off at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow with the money bubble likely to burst early.

The top 10 chip counts:

1. Tim O’Shea – 921,000
2. Phil Ivey – 778,500
3. Aage Ravn – 708,500
4. Jason Koon - 667,500
5. Oliver Speidel – 540,000
6. Patrick Healy – 521,000
7. Yann Dion – 495,000
8. Mohammed Kowssarie – 477,000
9. Rob Angood – 470,500
10. Janis Lesiwski – 463,500

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