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Aussie Millions -- Main Event Day 1B

Hachem and Hansen Fall on Day 1B While Griffin and Mizzi Advance with Strong Stacks

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Joe HachemDay 1B at the 2011 Aussie Millions $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event attracted 209 players who decided to take their chances on the second of three starting days in the tournament hosted at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Many of the pros down under appear to have preferred day 1A yesterday, but there were many big names in today’s field, including Australia’s own former world champion Joe Hachem and Team Full Tilt pro Gus Hansen.

Hachem and Hansen were unable to advance through to day 2, busting during play today, and the title defense run for 2010 Aussie Millions main event champion Tyron Krost came to an end as well. Some big-name professionals who did make it through include Gavin Griffin (101,700), Sorel Mizzi (74,400), Jeffrey Lisandro (55,000), Scott Montgomery (50,000), Chris Ferguson (45,500), Roland de Wolfe, and former Aussie Millions champion Lee Nelson (30,000).

By the end of play tonight the tournament clock said there were 80 players who made it through to day 2, which means that there now 162 players who have advanced. A total of 447 players have entered the tournament so far. Day 1C will need to attract 300 players tomorrow in order to break the record field size of 746 players that was set last year.

That turnout would make the first-place prize in this event a multimillion-one once again, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere this year. That is unless the $250,000 buy-in high roller challenge that will take place on Jan. 27 attracts more than eight players. This nosebleed event is rumored to feature a winner-take-all first-place prize to go with its hefty price of admission.

Card Player will bring you live updates from the $250,000 event on Wednesday, but until then you can tune back in tomorrow for more live coverage from day 1C of the Aussie Millions main event, and videos from Card Player TV. Cards will get back into the air at noon local time. For now, here are the tournament statistics from day 1B:

Day 1B Top Chip Counts:

Jeff Rossiter: 154,900
Michael Ottobra: 143,900
Martin Drewe: 136,100
Jay Kinkade: 128,700
Jeff Sarwer: 120,500
Randy Lew: 119,000
Andras Kovacs: 113,900
Haibo Chu: 113,900
Gavin Griffin: 101,700
Fabian Quoss: 95,000

Day 1B Notable Eliminations:

David Oppenheim, Annette Obrestad, Haralabos Voulgaris, Andy Bloch, David Benyamine, Andrew Feldman, Tony Bloom, Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen, Joe Hachem, David Steicke, Casey Kastle, David Steicke, and Tyron Krost.