Event 1: $1,100 No Limit Hold'em

Birman Busto

Nova personality Paul Birman has been eliminated from day 1A action after finding trip eights up against an opponent's trip queens.

There would be no case eight for Birman.

Terry Christopoulos Takes it at the River

Terry Christopoulos has eliminated an opponent and added some chips to his stack, in a preflop confrontation.

Christopoulos limped in from early position and then called an all in bet from the cutoff.

Christopoulos: {A-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Cutoff: {Q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

The {7-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop left Christopoulos with a flush draw. The {7-Spades} turn didn't make the draw, nor did the {k-Clubs} river. However the river did make him a pair big enough to take the pot and send his opponent off to the rail.

Christopoulos moves to 44,000.

Chronis Charges Up the Counts

Chris Chronis has always performed well at the Aussie Millions, having made a series of deep runs in several tournaments including last year's Main Event.

It seems that "home ground advantage" is playing a big role for the local fashion designer, as he has mounted a big comeback to now sit on top of the chip counts with 165,000, having secured a number of crucial double-ups leading to a recent hand against Don Carter.

Carter popped it up from middle position to 4,500 and the action folded around to Chronis who called from the small blind to go heads-up into a flop of {5-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{6-Spades}.

Chronis check-called Carter's bet of 4,500, then both players checked the turn of the {7-Hearts}. Chronis then fired out 12,000 on the river {8-Spades}. Carter considered his options, but eventually sent his hand into the muck.

The Rise and Rise of Jarred Graham

There seems to be no stopping the juggernaut that is Jarred flopnutsonyou Graham - each time we turn around he seems to be taking out another opponent.

The first victim moved all in with {A-?}{Q-?} (offsuit) only to find himself in a flip against Graham's {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}.

The flop of {K-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Spades} was golden for the back-to-back APPT Sydney High Rollers champion - bottom set, but the opponent had a few more outs with the gutshot straight draw.

The turn and river came down {7-Spades},{5-Clubs} - none of which helped the opponent who was sent to the rail.

The second casualty followed shortly after; Graham called the opponent's all in bet with {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} but was behind against the opponent's {a-Spades}{8-Spades}.

However Graham managed to spike a pair of jacks and held all the way down the board of {j-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}.

Peter Aristidou Eliminated

Peter Aristidou has joined Protégé Amanda De Cesare on the rail.

Aristidou moved all in with {A-Hearts}{6-Spades} and found a caller in Panayotis Flourentzoo, who had him dominated with {A-Clubs}{q-Spades}.

The {8-Spades}{9-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{2-Spades} board proved no help to Aristidou who exits us with two levels left.

Tahtouh Takes A Hit

Emad Tahtouh needs to turn things around
Emad Tahtouh needs to turn things around
Emad Tahtouh has dropped to 35,000 after he called an opponent's all in bet holding {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. The opponent had {A-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and would make a straight on the {9-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{j-Spades} board to take the pot.

Tahtouh now has 36,600.

Ephraums Eliminates Des Anges

The PokerNews blogging crew couldn't believe it as the last two hands passed to us from the field reporters told the story of Marc Des Anges' stacking and subsequent elimination by Matthew Ephraums.

On a flop that read {q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}, Ephraums led out for 10,000 and Des Anges called to see the turn of the {10-Hearts}.

Ephraums led out for 15,000, Des Anges min-raised to 30,000, Ephraums shoved and Des Anges snap-called, tabling {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for two pair against Ephraums' {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}.

However the river was a stack-shattering {Q-Hearts}, giving Ephraums trip queens!

Des Anges was left with 15,000 in chips, which he moved into the middle a short time later with {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, only to find Ephraums wake up with {K-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}.

Though the flop of {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{2-Spades} gave Des Anges a glimmer of hope, the turn and river of {8-Hearts},{9-Clubs} saw Ephraums hold up all the way and end Des Anges' day.

Ephraums is now on 97,000.

Freedman Frees Chips From Assadourian

Assadourian: in strife
Assadourian: in strife
The action folded around to Michelle Freedman who moved all in for her last 9,300 from the lowjack position, only to see Eric Assadourian call from the button.

Assadourian: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}
Freedman: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}

Freedman was in trouble but managed to take the lead on the flop of {Q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. She improved to trips when the dealer produced the {q-Diamonds} on the turn; the river {4-Clubs} was merely there for decoration.

Freedman doubled through to around the starting stack of 20,000 but Assadourian is in serious trouble, now on just 5,700.