Stuer Leads 135 Players Advancing From Aussie Millions Main Event Day 1b

Stuer Leads 135 Players Advancing From Aussie Millions Main Event Day 1b

Julian Stuer at the 2019 Aussie Millions

A bumper field of 267 entries on Day 1b of the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event was whittled down to just 135 over the course of seven 90-minute levels.

Former Main Event champions and Aussie Millions ring-winners rubbed shoulders with local players and satellite qualifiers as they hoped to become the latest in a long line of poker players to lift the southern hemisphere’s most prestigious poker title.

Leading the way at the end of the day is Julian Stuer with 196,500 who just held off Wang Yi Long (176,200), Stefano Accardo (150,200), and Tristan Bain (145,600).

Position Player Country Chip Count Day 2 Start Big Blinds
1 Julian Stuer Germany 196,500 246
2 Wang Yi Long China 176,200 220
3 Stefano Accardo Australia 150,200 189
4 Tristan Bain Australia 145,600 182
5 Matthew Wakeman Australia 141,700 177
6 John-Christian Templeton United States 135,100 169
7 James Broom Australia 135,000 169
8 Yuri Ishida Japan 125,300 157
9 Ashley Sleeth United States 122,200 153
10 Do Tuan-Anh Hoang Australia 121,900 152

Stuer led during the last level of the night, but Long made a late surge, flopping trips to chip up to over 175,000. But it wasn’t enough to overtake Stuer at the top of the counts.

Several well-known players were eliminated during Day 1b, including former WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem. However, his youngest son James Hachem (25,300) bagged up chips at the end of Day 1a.

James Hachem
James Hachem, son of WSOP champion Joe Hachem, advances to Day 2 of the 2019 Aussie Millions

Other big stacks and notables include WPT New Zealand champion Nauvneel Kashyab (109,200), Randy Lew (103,100), Dominik Panka (98,900), Opening Event final tablist Matt Edwards (92,200), Accumulator final tablist Bjorn Ostby (90,300), bracelet-winner Andrew Hinrichsen (83,400), Celina Lin (83,300), Oliver Gill (67,800), Scott Hamilton-Hill (59,200), Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros (57,500), Andrew Chen (34,800), Pot-Limit Omaha runner-up Dylan Kii (30,100), and Maria Lampropulos (23,200).

Jonathan Karamalikis had his aces cracked by Yuri Ishida shortly after dinner, while 1996 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Lee Nelson fell to a two-outer from his opponent despite Nelson flopping trips. However, 2010 champion Tyron Krost bagged 95,100 chips to join fellow former Main Event champion David Gorr in Day 2 after Gorr advanced from Day 1a.

Chino Rheem
Chino Rheem busted having played just two hands on Day 1b of the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event

Other eliminations include 2019 Six Max champion Bart Lybaert, Jack Sinclair, Dylan Wilkerson, Michael O’Grady, Jan Suchanek Sarah Bilney and Chino Rheem.

Rheem lasted a grand total of two hands on Day 1b having swapped the AU$50,000 Challenge for the Main Event. He was caught bluffing by Steven Miller. Rheem, according to table mate Andrew Chen, had shoved with a missed gutshot while Miller called with a set of sevens.

The 135 advancing from Day 2 will join the 79 who advanced from Day 1a on Wednesday. Day 1c gets underway at 12:30 pm local time on Tuesday, and looks set to be a large and potentially record-breaking flight. You can follow along with the Aussie Million Live Updates in PokerNews’ section.

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