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Ivey Rules Day 1c of Aussie Millions
He may not have finished with the most chips but Phil Ivey had the Crown Casino buzzing on Day 1c of the 2012 Aussie Millions.
Ivey, who was playing just his third major tournament since Black Friday, showed up and simply crushed the competition.
It was clear from the start of the tournament that Ivey came to play and in the first few levels of play he amassed over 180,000 chips. Robert Lam looks to be the chip leader with 198,000.
It seemed that Ivey was involved in almost every big hand that occurred on Day 1c and despite a slight downswing in the later stages of the day he managed to recover and finish with a very strong 184,000 chips, good enough for fourth overall.
Day 1c Draws Big Crowd
Ivey wasn’t the only story on Day 1c of 2012 Aussie Millions as 317 players jammed their way into the poker room.
With the $100k Challenge out of the way it was an intensely pro-heavy field with heavy hitters Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, Tony Hachem, JC Tran, Sam Trickett, Sorel Mizzi, Chris Moorman and Nam Le all hitting the felt.
Day 1c was easily the biggest day of the tournament attendance-wise and when you add the 340 players from Day 1a and Day 1b we’re looking at an overall field in the range of 660 players. That number is down slightly from the 721 players in last year’s Main Event.
The exact prizepool will not be released until tomorrow because registration is technically open through the first level, but there’s good chance first place will once again award close to $2 million.
While Ivey fared exceptionally well on Day 1c there were a number of big name pros who simply never got anything going.
Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Sorel Mizzi all busted with little fanfare.
Meanwhile Jason Koon, David Steicke, Michael Pedley, Melanie Weisner, Brian Roberts, JC Tran, James Obst and Jason Mercier finished with above average stacks.
Ivey Crushes Warne
Phil Ivey played arguably the most memorable hand of the entire tournament with just 20 minutes left on the clock.
Australian cricketer Shane Warne had the misfortune of flopping a set of aces on a A♥ Q♥ J♥ flop against Ivey who had 8♥ 6♥ for the flush.
All the money went in on the flop and Warne, who had been absolutely flying early on, was crippled to 300 chips and busted on the next hand.
Ivey, on the other hand, moved up to 185,000 chips and finished near the top of the leaderboard.
It was a fast day and over half the field was eradicated with only 149 players booking their ticket into Day 2.
Day 2 of 2012 Aussie Millions should be a good one as it’s the first day where every remaining player will be under the same roof.
Join us for our continuing coverage from the Crown Casino in Sunny Melbourne.