APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 2: Suchanek at it again
Lots of things happened on Day 2 of the 2015 Aussie Millions.
Firstly, registration closed and the event was locked out at 648 entrants.
That also meant the cash was tallied up and the prize pool information was released with the top 72 players set to make the money and the top two players set to become millionaires.
The eventual champion will pocket $1.6 million.
Another thing that happened on Day 2 was lots of eliminations. A couple of hundred, in fact.
In the end just 135 players survived through to Day 3.
Some of those who aren't among those survivors include prominent Australians like Jeff Lisandro, Brendon Rubie, 2011 Aussie Millions champion David Gorr and 2005 WSOP champion Joe Hachem, along with international superstars like Patrik Antonius, Dan Smith, Erik Seidel and Dan Cates.
Czech-born Kiwi Jan Suchanek, however, was able to survive and thrive on Day 2.
That name might sound familiar as Suchanek was the chip leader on Day 1a and now he's done it again. He bagged up 483,900 when his nearest competitor, Keanu Simpson, has just over 400,000.
As we mentioned at the end of the first day, Suchanek has a tremendous record at the Aussie Millions, finishing in the top three in seven events over the last five years.
Most of those results were in mixed games, but Suchanek clearly knows no limit holdem and with those chips will be one to watch on Day 3.
There were also three Team PokerStars Pros to start the day.
Of those, only Singapore's Bryan Huang was able to survive the night, while India's Aditya Agarwal and Japan's Kosei Ichinose were eliminated. Huang, meanwhile, will begin Day 3 with 255,100 in chips.
Agarwal was sent home late in the afternoon when he ran his big slick into pocket aces.
Luckily, Agarwal has something to keep him busy.
Busto AK vs AA, probably could have folded. Back to TCOOP grind— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) January 28, 2015
Phil Ivey was one of the headline acts on Day 2 and he was perched on the feature table so was receiving plenty of attention from the railbirds.
He put on a show too, scooping plenty of pots and ultimately finishing up with 278,300 in chips.
Plenty of that stack came when Ivey eliminated Australian poker veteran Tony Kambouroglou. Ivey got full value with trip sevens and Kambouroglou flashed top pair as he made his way to the exit.
Some of the others who are also still alive and in contention for the Aussie Millions title include recent WSOP APAC bracelet winner AJ Antonios, reigning Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer, Grant Levy, Benny Spindler, Ismael Bojang and Philipp Gruissem and Terrence Chan, just to name a few,
Full details of all the end-of-day counts, and a Day 3 seating draw, can be found in the live update section at the top of the APPT9 Aussie Millions page.
It's still a star-studded lineup, but it will inevitably shrink over the coming days.
The question is: Will one of these big names add a title to their long resumes or will a new star emerge and claim the glory of winning the Aussie Millions?
That question will start being answered from 12:30pm on Thursday and it's right here at the PokerStarsBlog that you can continue to find full live updates, feature stories and more.