All three starting sessions of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event are now officially in the books, with Martin Rowe claiming the overall chiplead after a massive Day 1C.
Rowe takes a lead of over 20,000 into Day 2, with an average stack currently sitting at just over 45,000. Dimitrios Nistas (176,500) was the closest to Rowe during the third and final starting session, followed by Max Lehmanski (176,400) and Matthew Gabriele (171,000).
Of the 328 players who entered on Day 1C, 176 made it through to Day 2. Combined with the other two starting days, the field currently sits at 659 players, with 344 remaining in contention for the title. Registration remains open through the start of play Wednesday in Melboure, with Day 2 scheduled to start at 2:30 pm local time (10:30 pm ET).
The final starting day is naturally the most popular in any big tournament, but with the $25,000 Challenge running during the first two starting sessions Day 1C became an even more likely destination for the big names. Jason Mercier (132,200), Craig McCorkell (130,000), Philipp Gruissem (99,600), Viktor Blom (88,500), Richard Yong (83,400), Martin Jacobson (75,600) and Jeff Rossiter (74,600) each put together a strong showing and more than doubled their starting stacks.
Other notables to make it through Day 1C include Jason Gray, Dan Smith, Scott Seiver, John Juanda, Sorel Mizzi, Randy Lew, Ole Schemion, Thomas Muhlocker, Yevginiy Timoshenko, Joe Hachem, Grant Levy, Patrik Antonius, Tony Bloom and Mike Watson.
The 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event exceeded the size of the 2013 Main Event well before the close of registration – last year’s field reached 629 players. This year’s winner will receive more than Mervin Chan’s $1.66 million, though the exact number won’t be known until after the start of play on Day 2.
2014 Aussie Millions Main Event – End of Day 1 Chip Counts
- Martin Rowe – 228,200
- David Malka – 205,400
- Antonio Fazzolari – 190,500
- Dean Schneider – 188,800
- Michael O’Grady – 184,300
- Dimitrios Nistas – 176,500
- Max Lehmanski – 176,400
- Matthew Gabriele – 171,000
- Gareth Dwyer – 161,100
- Patrick Healy – 156,500
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