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Aussie Millions -- Main Event Day 2

Ivey and Antonius Tangle in a Huge Pot on Day 2 as the Field Plays Down Close to the Money in Melbourne

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Phil Ivey A table draw is a random thing at a poker tournament, but sometimes it provides a compelling story line. When day 2 began at the 2011 Aussie Millions $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne three of the most successful players in the history of poker just happened to be seated together. Team Full Tilt pros Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, and Howard Lederer all found their seat at table 28 at the start of the day and the rail birds were quick to swarm to that corner of the room.

They watched and waited through most of the day, hoping for a big hand to transpire between these poker professionals. Ironically, the three pros seemed more interested in the Australian Open tennis matches on the television screens posted around the tournament room than they were in the action on the felt. But the rail birds were rewarded for their patience by the end of the night. Fireworks flew on the felt shortly after they had been launched into the night sky in Melbourne to celebrate Australia Day.

During the last level of the night Antonius raised to 8,000 from early position and Ivey made the call from the big blind. The flop fell QClub Suit 9Spade Suit 7Spade Suit and Ivey checked. Antonius bet 15,000 and Ivey raised to 50,000. Antonius went into the tank for a few minutes, and then shoved his entire stack into the pot.

The all-in bet was for 197,500, and Ivey made the call. Their cards:

Ivey: ASpade Suit QSpade Suit
Antonius: 10Spade Suit 8Spade Suit

Turn and River: JDiamond Suit and 7Heart Suit

The turn gave Antonius the straight and he won the hand to drive his stack north of 400,000. Ivey was left in the danger zone with 13,000, and he busted a short time later when his opponent sucked out and made a flush after Ivey shoved all in preflop.

Despite the focus of many eyes in the room on this loaded table there were a lot of big names in the field that both rose and fell from the tournament. Eliminations were another predominant theme on the day with a returning field of 265 players chopping itself down all the way to just 76 by the end of the night. The money bubble will burst early tomorrow, and the top 72 players will all walk away with at least $15,000 AUD in prize money.

Tune back in tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. local time for level summaries from day 3 of the Aussie Millions main event, including videos from Card Player TV. You can also follow our full live coverage from the $250,000 buy-in super high roller event, which begins at noon local time. This event features the largest tournament buy-in of all time. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 2:

Top Day 2 Chip Counts:

1 Randy Dorfman 581,000
2 Michael Ryan 547,500
3 Tobias Reinkemeier 533,500
4 James Keys 508,000
5 Sorel Mizzi 489,000
6 Randy Lew 484,000
7 Rene Freymann 434,000
8 Haibo Chu 431,000
9 Hai Chu 431,000
10 Patrik Antonius 428,500

Notable Day 2 Eliminations:

Billy Argryos, Scott Montgomery, Grant Levy, Shane Warne, Jeffrey Lisandro, Michelle Weisner, Mas Kagawa, Neil Channig, Joe Serock, Lee Nelson, Gavin Griffin, Erik Cajelais, Chris Ferguson, Joe Cassidy, David Bach, Mike Watson, Jason Gray, Roland de Wolfe, Fabian Quoss, Nikolay Evdakov, and Phil Ivey.

Full Day 2 Chip Counts and Day 3 Seating Draw:

Table Seat Name Chip Count
10 1 PHILLIPS, WILLIAM C 307500
10 2 FARKAS, GABOR 121500
10 3 MAIALE, RENATO C 110000
10 4 KEEFE, OLIVER L 211500
10 5 LINDGREN, ERICK A 267000
10 6 SMITH, ELLIOT K 315500
10 7 ELLIS, RAYMOND R 56500
10 8 HEATH, ELI 108500
14 1 PENCIK, MARTIN 164500
14 2 FREYMANN, RENE 434000
14 3 VOS, MARK C 203000
14 4 RODRIGUES, MANUEL 386500
14 5 DALESSANDRI, JOHN 101000
14 6 ROSSITER, JEFFREY S 385000
14 7 HEALY, MICHAEL G 130500
14 8 PERKINS, JAMIE R 105500
19 1 KATCHALOV, EUGENE 61000
19 2 KIRK, MATTHEW ARTHUR 198500
19 3 BLACKMORE, BENJAMIN C 221000
19 4 EICHENDORF, SEAN L 79500
19 5 FOY, JOHN W 115500
19 6 RAZAVI, SAMAD 107000
19 7 SPARKS, CHRISTOPHER P 158500
19 8 MARCUS, VAN 50500
24 1 MO, JASON 102000
24 2 SEAL, EMANUEL 240000
24 3 SIGSBEE, SHANE M 141500
24 4 COCHRANE, GAVIN R 81000
24 5 CHARETTE, SIMON M 175500
24 6 DORFMAN, RANDY S 581000
24 7 LEE, CLIFFORD S 154000
24 8 GANG, STEVE 68500
25 1 INDRICH, HARALD 121000
25 2 ZOCH, ROMAN 128500
25 3 ANTONIUS, PATRIK 428500
25 4 GUTTMANN, MICHAEL 150500
25 5 MORRIS, SIMON A 41000
25 6 KARIB, YUSTINUS 42500
25 7 CHU, HAI B 431000
25 8 LUKASHAUGEN, TORE W 254000
27 1 BONKOWSKI, TYLER J 260500
27 2 RAYNER, GENE 138500
27 3 WONG, PETER 47000
27 4 KOVACS, ANDRAS 74500
27 5 VOLKOFF, TAMARA 57000
27 6 COLMAN, JULIUS 53500
27 7 DEEB, SEMON S 170000
28 1 REIJMER, DANIEL 204500
28 2 WHITE, MICHAEL W 120000
28 3 MOUNTENEY, CHRISTOPHER P 114000
28 4 REINKEMEIER, TOBIAS 533500
28 5 STAVROPOULOS, ARISTOMENIS 118000
28 6 RYAN, MICHAEL N 547500
28 7 MENZ, DAVID J 146000
28 8 JORSTEDT, MATTIAS O 79500
29 1 MIZZI, SOREL J 489000
29 2 MATTHEWS, MICHAEL A 175500
29 3 MOORMAN, CHRISTOPHER G 220000
29 4 LACKOVIC, NIKOLA 97000
29 5 NEWMAN, MICHAEL P 180500
29 6 LAUGESEN, SHANE 124000
29 7 PATEL, HIREN G 177000
31 1 GORR, SAMUEL D 223500
31 2 ALBERGO, ANDREW M 31500
31 3 KEYS, JAMES C 508000
31 4 SOWERS, MIKE 149000
31 5 LEW, RANDY 484000
31 6 LOGIUDICE, MICHAEL 88000
31 7 PATGORSKI, JOHN G 376500
32 1 RODRIGUEZ, SANCHEZ 85500
32 2 ROBERTS, EARL A 133000
32 3 INGRAM, LOUISE M 118000
32 4 LEDERER, HOWARD H 181500
32 5 CUSENZA, ADAM J 261500
32 6 CHOW, KUT F 97000
32 7 SMITH, ALEC F 120000