Ian Wassell finds himself in rather unfamiliar territory. The Australian poker player finished Day 1B of the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event with the biggest stack in the building. Wassell, a regular on the pub poker scene in Melbourne, has never cashed in a major poker tournament before. He bagged up 229,500 chips, which gives him the overall chip lead through Day 1A and 1B with 1C still to come.
While the chipleader is a relative unknown, the player sitting in second is anything but. Daniel “Jungleman” Cates finished the day with 168,100. Right behind Cates is Naween Fernando with 142,600. Mustapha Kanit, who finished 13th in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race, sits sixth after finishing the day with 130,900.
Only 91 players survived the seven levels of play. Some other notables still left in the field include Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson (97,600), Casey Kastle (89,600), Simon Deadman (28,700) and Winfred Yu (18,000).
The day couldn’t have gone any worse for David Steicke and Fabian Quoss. Both players entered the Main Event after registering for and busting from the $100K Challenge earlier in the day. Neither player made it through Day 1B of the Main Event meaning Monday cost each of them $110,000. Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin and Joseph Cheong were also amongst the 82 players eliminated on Monday.
The 173 players who showed up on Day 1B mark another uptick over 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event attendance. Through the first two starting days this year, 356 players have registered, marking am 8% increase over 2014. Should that trend continue on Day 1C the total field for the 2015 Main Event could eclipse 700 players for the first time 2011.
Top Ten Day 1B Chip Counts
- Ian Wassell – 229,500
- Daniel Cates – 168,100
- Naween Fernando – 142,600
- Calvin Ho – 135,200
- Corey Kempson – 131,900
- Mustapha Kanit – 130,900
- Paul Abela – 124,300
- Bryan Huang – 120,700
- Konstantin Fetzer – 114,400
- Isaac Lau – 108,000
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