Aussie Millions: Chronis Leads Main Event After Day 1b

Two days of play are in the books in the Aussie Millions Main Event and Chris Chronis finds himself atop the leaderboard with Patrik Antonius breathing down his neck.

Chronis finished Day 1a with 175,375 chips and there wasn’t a single player on Day 1b that came anywhere close. Brett Daphne had the most success on Day 1b, wrapping up play with 120,250, but that still doesn’t even get him into the top five overall.

Antonius sits second with 139,750 with Noah Schwartz close behind with 138,275. Next up is Derek Cheung with 132,800 and Australian teenage sensation James “AndyMcleod” Obst sits in fifth with 122,075.

The starting field for Days 1a and 1b was 393 players with Day 1c figured to be the largest of the three starting fields. With a guaranteed first place price of $2 million ($1.33 million US) the 2009 Aussie Millions attracted most of the game’s biggest names. Unfortunately the tournament ended early for many of them including defending champion Alexander Kostritsyn.

Also hitting the rails on their first days of play were Chris Ferguson, Erik Seidel, John Hennigan and Erik Seidel. There are however some big names left among the 176 players who survived the day. Russian phenom Ivan Demidov made it to Day 2 with 81,925 chips and just out of the top 10 (see below) is Sorel Mizzi with 95,575. Annette Obrestad, Michael McDonald and Jeff Madsen will also see action on Day 2.

Day 1c begins at 12:30 pm Australian Time (8:30 pm ET).

Aussie Millions Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts.

1. Chris Chronis – 175,375
2. Patrik Antonius – 139,750
3. Noah Schwartz – 138,275
4. Derek Cheung – 132,800
5. James Obst – 122,075
6. Brett Daphne – 120,250
7. Josh Malone – 112,400
8. Elliot Smith – 107,650
9. Sam Vakili – 106,300
10. Warwick Mirzikinian – 103,575 

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Lance Bradley

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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