22 players take part in $100k Aussie Millions tourney

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 22, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

aussie millionsAttendance in the $100k Challenge at the Aussie Millions was way down from last year’s impressive 38 entrants, with just 22 players registering for the $100k buy-in tournament this time around. Even with the attendance drop the tournament still managed to attract some of the biggest names in poker, including Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan, Daniel Cates, and even Phil Ivey, all of whom have been MIA in the poker world since Black Friday.

This year also saw PokerStars players enter the event (after skipping the Aussie Millions in 2011 over a rift between PokerStars and last year’s Aussie Millions sponsor Full Tilt Poker) with poker superstars like Daniel Negreanu, now-former PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem, and Jason Mercier also in attendance.

Here is a look at the 22 players who entered the tournament:

* Joe Hachem

* Dan Smith

* Gus Hansen

* Mikhail Smirnov

* Sorel Mizzi

* Tony G

* Sam Trickett

* Nam Le

* Phil Ivey

* Jason Mercier

* Erik Seidel

* JC Tran

* Daniel Cates

* Tobias Reinkemeier

* Daniel Negreanu

* Daniel Alaei

* Jonathan Karamalikis

* Tony Bloom

* Masa Kagawa

* Tom Dwan

* Dan Shak

* Mike Watson

The two-day tournament saw 14 of the original entrants fall by the wayside, including the aforementioned Negreanu, Cates, Dwan, Mercier, Erik Seidel, and Phil Ivey whose elimination in 9th place ended the day. The remaining players will be back in action on Day 2 of the event to crown a winner, and see which of the four players will make the money in the tournament.

Here is a look at the eight players still in the hunt for the title and the over $1 million in first-place prize-money:

* Seat 1: Tony G — 102,000

* Seat 2: Gus Hansen — 567,000

* Seat 3: Nam Le — 79,500

* Seat 4: Sam Trickett — 73,000

* Seat 5: Mikhail Smirnov — 265,000

* Seat 6: Joe Hachem — 538,500

* Seat 7: Sorel Mizzi — 228,500

* Seat 8: Dan Smith — 346,500

Here are some stories to watch for at tomorrow’s final table:

* With two Australian Poker Hall of Fame members, Tony G and Joe Hachem, at the final table you can expect the Aussie cheering section to be out in full force for the final table on Monday.

* Last year’s champion in this event, Sam Trickett, could repeat, but has a lot of work to do as he is entering the day as the short-stack in a very fast-structured event.

* The return of Gus Hansen to tournament poker could very well see the Dane pocket another $1 million.

* Joe Hachem would move into 5th place on the all-time money list with a win, passing Jamie Gold, Mike Mizrachi, John Juanda, and Scotty Nguyen.


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