David Malka Leads As Aussie Millions Main Event Field Halved on Day 1A

Luke Hodge and Jim Preston kick off the action on Day 1A of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event.

Luke Hodge and Jim Preston kick off the action on Day 1A of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event.

Day 1A of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event was a marathon affair, but by the time the chip bags came out just after 3:30 am local time the Day 1A field had been halved and David Malka found himself in the chiplead.

Malka fared the best among the 175 players who elected to choose the first of three starting sessions in the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event, bagging 205,400. After seven levels of poker just 88 players were left standing, poised to continue pushing forward when they return on Day 2 Wednesday afternoon.

A large proportion of the bigger names who are down at the Aussie Millions elected to play the $25,000 Challenge Sunday afternoon, as Fabian Quoss claimed the overnight chiplead in what’s scheduled as a two-day event.

Even with a significant increase in the $25,000 turnout, there were still a number of notables among the 88 Day 1A survivors, including Jake Balsiger and Eoghan O’Dea, who have each made the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event in the last three years. Casey Kastle, 2013 Aussie Millions runner-up Joe Cabret, local Oliver Gill, Liv Boeree, Mel Judah, Jackie Glazier, Naoya Kihara and Lily Kiletto are on to Day 2 as well.

The same can’t be said for Igor Kurganov, who played both the $25,000 Challenge and the Main Event Sunday. After going 0-for-2 in the first of three High Rollers at the Aussie Millions, Kurganov took a swing at the Main Event and made it a $110,000 day, but it was simply not his day as Kurganov failed to get out of Day 1A.

2012 Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel, Ausralian Poker Hall of Famers Jeff Lisandro and Gary Benson, and 2013 WSOP Players Championship winner Matt Ashton were also among the early exits from the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event.

The defending champion of this tournament is Mervin Chan, who won $1,664,000 one year ago in this tournament. The 2014 Aussie Millions is currently ahead of pace, with 175 players beating 2013’s Day 1A field of 157, and with the support of PokerStars and the APPT the likelihood of a larger field is high.

Days 1B and 1C will have an earlier start, kicking off at 12:15 pm local time on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

2014 Aussie Millions Main Event – End of Day 1A Chip Counts

  1. David Malka – 205,400
  2. Antonio Fazzolari – 190,500
  3. Edison Nguyen – 133,900
  4. Dave Heskin – 125,800
  5. Guillaume Rivet – 125,000
  6. Jake Balsiger – 110,400
  7. Tom Grigg – 110,000
  8. Casey Kastle – 93,000
  9. Adam Monaghan – 90,000
  10. Rami Hakim – 81,050
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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