Aussie Millions: James Obst in Control of Main Event After Day 2

James Obst is looking to become the fifth straight Australian winner of the Aussie Millions Main Event.

Only 68 players stand between Australian James Obst and his first major live tournament win. Obst finished Day 2 of the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event with the chip lead after bagging up 1,061,000 chips.

Obst, who would become the fifth consecutive Australian to the win the Aussie Millions title, leads as the only player over 1 million in chips with Scott Wilson not far behind with 933,500.

Phil Ivey finished with 390,500, just ahead of Patrik Antonius who wrapped up his day with 332,500. Both Ivey and Antonius are expected to play in the $250,000 Challenge. Tournament organizers announced Wednesday that the start day of that event had been moved up one day, to Thursday, and was now a two-day event.

Other notables still chasing the title include Lee Markholt (356,000), Brandon Adams (263,000), Dan Shak (243,500), Tyron Krost (92,500) and Craig McCorkell (75,000)

Among the 260 players who saw their tournament end on Wednesday were Jason Mercier, Sam Trickett, Jesse Sylvia, Tony Bloom, Russell Thomas, Celina Lin and statistician and blogger Nate Silver. Silver found himself amongst the chip leaders early in the day but was unable to maintain the momentum and was eliminated late on Day 2.

The average chip stack at the start of Day 3 will be 274,000. Registration closed at the start of play Wednesday with a total of 629 players. The top 64 finishers will get paid with the champion walking away with a championship ring, a $70,000 Chrysler and $1.6 million in prize money.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. James Obst – 1,061,000
  2. Scott Wilson – 933,500
  3. Mervin Chan – 774,500
  4. Jay Tan – 633,000
  5. Ping Chan – 630,500
  6. Daniel Neilson – 508,000
  7. Ang Pangleng – 491,000
  8. Zoltan Szabo – 486,000
  9. Man Hei Lam – 469,500
  10. Mark Betts – 464,500
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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, 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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