Big name players in the shapes of Jonathan Karamalikis and Liv Boeree failed to negotiate the last level of the day and busted.
No details on Karamalikis' exit but Boeree lost an "El Classico" race to Joe Renia who saw his big stack rise more to 150,000.
Jonas Mackoff opened to 1,400 from early position before Reina three-bet to 4,500 from the cut-off. Boree was in the small blind and paused before moving all in for 19,100. Mackoff folded quickly but Renia called after getting a count.
With a board reading , Jan Suchanek bet a hefty 15,500 from the small blind and received a call from Antoine Saout on the button. When the completed the board on the river, Suchanek pumped the breaks with a check, and Saout checked right behind.
Suchanek showed the for a bluff, and Saout rolled over the for a missed flush that still ended up being the best hand.
A four way battle turned into a duel between Antoine Saout and Jan Suchanek, one that the Frenchman would win to move up to 54,000.
They were in the small and big blind respectively and amongst three that called an under-the-gun raise. All four players checked the flop before Saout led for 2,600 on the turn. Suchanek was the only caller to the river where he bet 6,000 when the action was checked to him. Saout assessed the situation and made the call with and that was good as Suchanek had opened a losing .
The clock just ticked down on Level 6, and that means it is time for the last 15-minute break of the day. When they return, the remaining played will play one more 90-minute level before bagging and tagging for the night.
The last time we saw Ami Barer, the reigning Aussie Millions champ, he was located in the upper area. Well, he's recently been moved to Table 32 on the main floor, and somewhere in the interim he must have caught fire as he's sitting with a mountain of chips.
In a recent hand, Barer raised to 1,025 from middle position and Andrew Hinrichsen looked him up from the button. The blinds both folded, the flop came down , and Barer continued for 1,250. Hinrichsen called, both players checked the turn, and the completed the board on the river. Barer returned to betting, this time 5,100, and it did the trick as Hinrichsen quickly folded his hand.
It wasn't much, but it did push Barer up to the 150,000-chip mark. The defending champ is primed to not only make Day 2, but to do it with one of the bigger stacks in the room.
It's always amusing when player slams a hand down on the table at showdown as if they have the nuts knowing full well they've lost. When it happens at this late stage in the day, one sees confused looks on table mates as they question what they're seeing and try to connect a holding with the board.
Jack Salter (mid position) had made it to the the river with the big blind and bet 8,250 with the board reading . His opponent went into the tank for a few minutes before he elected to call. Salter slammed on the table and smiled along with some of his opponents once they caught on. The big blind opened and scooped.
Back in 2012, Oliver Speidel topped a field of 659 players to win the Aussie Millions Main Event for AU$1.6 million. Speidel has returned the past three years seeking to capture the title for a second time, but he's fallen short of the money each time.
For 2015, Speidel's demise came at the hands of Marc MacDonnell, who filled us in on the details after the fact. According to MacDonnell, he had opened for 900 from early position and another player called. When action reached Speidel in the big blind, he shoved all in for his last 8,000 and MacDonnell called, which prompted the other player to fold.
Speidel held and was racing for his tournament life against MacDonnell's . Unfortunately for Speidel, who also won the 2011 Manny Pacquiao World Poker Event in Manila for $50,405, the board ran out dry and his Main Event came to an abrupt end.