Koren Continues to Lead Biggest Ever Southern Hemisphere 1K at Aussie Millions

Koren Continues to Lead Biggest Ever Southern Hemisphere 1K at Aussie Millions

Artur Koren

Table Of Contents

  • Aussie Millions Opening Event Final 15 Table Draw
  • Aussie Millions Opener Day 2 Recap
  • Remaining Payouts Aussie Millions Opening Event

From the 1,752 entries in the 2019 Aussie Millions Opening Event – a record for a $1,000 tournament in the southern hemisphere – just 15 remain after ten levels of play here on Day 2.

Artur Koren came into the day as the overall chip leader from the five starting flights and still sits atop the pile despite almost 250 eliminations over the course of the day.

"I think this is my first cash in a side event at the Aussie Millions in like four years or so," said Koren. "I just always bust final three tables in the Main which is ok, I guess. It saves the trip for sure.

"I ran pretty well in my opening flight, and I ran pretty well today. I think I played pretty good too."

Aussie Millions Opening Event Final 15 Table Draw

Table 1 Name Chip Count Big Blinds Table 2 Name Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Sean Eichendorf 548,000 18 1 Artur Koren 1,978,000 66
2       2 Josh McCully 1,667,000 56
3       3 Matt Edwards 638,000 21
4 Vishal Maini 867,000 29 4 Jason Pritchard 903,000 30
5 Ning Zhang 770,000 26 5 Justin Bernstein 1,840,000 61
6 Kim Macnaught 1,780,000 59 6 Danny Ayoub 1,400,000 47
7 Muhammad Asad 1,180,000 39 7 Didrik Mantok 1,200,000 40
8 Tou Ta Wei 1,140,000 38 8      
9 Pierce McKellar 1,658,000 55 9 Alan Schubert 110,000 4

Aussie Millions Opener Day 2 Recap

262 players started the day, and within the first level, we lost former WSOP APAC champion Scott Davies, Australian Jonathan Karamalikis and Josip Simunic.

Deaf Poker World Champion Alisha Wormald was also sent to the rail when she three-bet jammed king-ten over a small shove. A third player in the hand picked up sevens, and they held to send Wormald to the rail.

Also exiting the tournament early in the day was defending champion Benedikt Eberle.

"There will be other tournaments," Eberle explained to PokerNews after telling us he shoved with ace-jack for his last 14 big blinds, only for the big blind to wake up with queens. "I’m going to have a day off and go to the Australian Open. Then I’m refreshed for the Six Max on Tuesday!"

Tournament Director Joel Williams and defending champion Benedikt Eberle
Tournament Director Joel Williams and defending champion Benedikt Eberle

The bubble burst towards the end of the second level of the day, with 171 players ensuring themselves a min-cash of AUD$2,873.

Notable eliminations in the money included Heidi May (165th – AUD$2,873), 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Toby Lewis (120th – AUD$3,591), Sorel Mizzi (83rd – AUD$4,309), Justin Liberto (61st – AUD$4,669) and Joshua Abady (45th – AUD$5,566).

The eliminations continued to come thick and fast throughout the day, and by the time the players went on dinner break just 26 remained. Leading the way was Justin Bernstein with close to 1.5m in chips, but there were plenty of big names still in contention.

Koren: "I think here you have to be very patient and understand how the dynamics are."

They included start of day chip leader Koren, 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event runner-up Stefan Huber and seventh-place finisher Johan Schumacher, along with Julien Sitbon, Michael Dyer, Starting Flight 1 Chip Leader Fedon Phaedonos and Starting Flight 3 chip leader Sean Eichendorf.

Huber (26th – AUD$7,542), Sitbon (24th AUD$8,799), Schumacher (23rd – AUD$8,799), Dyer (20th – AUD$10,056) and Phaedonos (19th – AUD$10,056) were all eliminated before the final 15 players bagged up at the end of the night.

"I saw a bunch of familiar faces busting," said Koren after play had finished. "Some of them in some weird fashion. But I think here you have to be very patient and understand how the dynamics are, how people play and then with a little bit of luck you can go deep."

The remaining 15 players have all guaranteed themselves AUD$11,672 but will be gunning for the top prize of AUD$350,464 when they return tomorrow at 12:30 pm.

Remaining Payouts Aussie Millions Opening Event

Place Payout (AUD) Payout (USD)
1 $350,464 $252,334
2 $219,608 $158,118
3 $129,836 $93,482
4 $93,920 $67,622
5 $62,493 $44,995
6 $44,535 $32,065
7 $37,173 $26,765
8 $31,785 $22,885
9 $26,398 $19,007
10 $21,908 $15,774
11-12 $17,419 $12,542
13-15 $14,545 $10,472

Tomorrow looks like an action-packed day with the conclusion of the Opening Event and several others kicking off. PokerNews will bring you highlights, interviews and more live from the Crown Casino.

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