Masa Kagawa has an impressive list of cashes on his poker resume but one thing missing is a signature win. The Japanese poker pro now has a chance to fix that after a dominating Day 1 performance Sunday in the $100,000 Challenge at the 2013 Aussie Millions. Kagawa leads the final seven players with 695,000.
Kagawa finished third in this event 2007. Igor Kurganov, with 563,000, and Dan Shak, with 435,000, round out the top three.
Andrew Robl, the first player to bust from the tournament also became the first and only player to fire a second bullet and re-enter. Robl finished the day with 129,000 and finds himself with the second shortest stack.
The event attracted 22 players, the same size field as last year and two players short of qualifying for BLUFF Player of the Year points.
Included amongst the 15 players eliminated Sunday were Patrik Antonius, John Juanda, Jason Mercier, Gus Hansen, Mike Watson, Tony Bloom and Sam Trickett. The first day of play ended when Kurganov eliminated both Winfred Yu and Chris Lee on the final hand.
The Aussie Millions has played host to the $100,000 Challenge since 2006.
Only the top four finishers cash and the winner earns $1,000,000 while the runner-up will have to settle for $610,000.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Masa Kagawa – 695,000 (Seat 4)
- Igor Kurganov – 563,000 (Seat 3)
- Dan Shak – 435,000 (Seat 1)
- Tobias Reinkemeier – 160,000 (Seat 5)
- Vanessa Selbst – 136,000 (Seat 2)
- Andrew Robl – 129,000 (Seat 6)
- Niklas Heinicker – 85,000 (Seat 7)
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