Long-time readers of WCP know we have a hard-on for big buy-in events. Enter the 2014 Aussie Millions $100,000 (AUD) Challenge.
Maybe it’s because of PokerStars‘ affiliation with the Aussie Millions now, or The Poker EconomyTM being on the uptick, or because Daniel Negreanu and Sir Isaac Haxton each fired FIVE bullets apiece, but there have been 62 total entries (over 40 unique) so far in the $100,000 Challenge. Registration is still open until the start of Day 2, so speculation has the total entries hitting around 70 which would be a math math math $7M AUD prize pool.
Mike “Timex” McDonald (who black people love) leads the 29 remaining going into Day 2. Other big stacks include Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan (4th – 6th, respectively). The aforementioned Negreanu is 13th. Patrik Antonius and Viktor Blom are among the short-stacks.
Get full chip counts here.
Over in the Main Event, the 7-person final table has a few recognizable names. Not among them is chip leader Ami Barer (6,570,000). A solid Canadian pro, Barer has just over $441,000 live tournament earnings. Joining him at the final table are Sorel Mizzi (2,830,000), N9′er Jake Balsiger (2,385,000), and Scott Seiver (855,000).
First will win 1.6M AUD.
Get a full rundown here.