Event 1: $1,100 No Limit Hold'em
Event 1: $1,100 No Limit Hold'em
Day 1c completed

That's Stumps!

Nick Haidaris will be one of the big stacks to watch tomorrow
Nick Haidaris will be one of the big stacks to watch tomorrow
Day 1c of the Crown Aussie Millions Poker Championship has come to a close and it's been one helluva day!

459 entries were taken today, with 229 players from Days 1a and 1b taking the option to buy back in. This took the total number of entries to 1,143 and generated over AUD $1.1 million in prize money.

This confirms this year's Opening Event as the largest casino poker tournament in Australia's history - another record for Crown Casino!

Nick Haidaris tops our counts after working his way through the carnage to take 165,300 into Day 2. Semon Deeb is in second place with 147,000, followed by Peter Aristidou (142,400), Florian Langman (140,800) and Barry Woods (140,000).

Other big names who will be back tomorrow include JP Kelly, David Saab, Graeme 'KiwiG' Putt, Raj Ramakrishnan and Jason Gray, along with a huge Aussie contingent. In all, 84 players survived today's flight.

Of course, we say farewell (for some, farewell again) to Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman, Andrew Jeffreys, Rayan Nathan, Tony G, Lee Nelson, Mel Judah, 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem, Clonie Gowen, Sorel Mizzi and 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Stewart Scott.

That wraps things up down here in the Crown Poker Room - we're off to have a quiet one (and maybe a couple of loud ones) at the Vegas Bar - so join us here at PokerNews tomorrow at 12.30pm AEDST as we edge closer to crowning our first champion at the 2010 Aussie Millions. See you then!

Kelly Hits Jones

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Preflop, Iwan Jones completed from the small blind, and Anthony Kelly checked his option in the big blind to go heads up to {j-Spades}{8-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop.

On the flop Jones led out and Kelly raised, Jones re-raised, and Kelly moved in. Of course Jones called and tabled {8-Spades}{4-Hearts} to lead the {7-Spades}{3-Spades} flush draw of Kelly.

The {7-Hearts} hit the turn, to put Kelly at longer odds, but the {A-Spades} spiked the river to ship a decent 110,000 chip pot to Kelly.

Jones drops to 90,000.

Mizzing Out

Sorel Mizzi has just been eliminated at the death by Iwan Jones. Mizzi held {10-?} {10-?} against Jones' {6-Diamonds} {6-?}, the Canadian made a set of tens but Jones four-flushed in diamonds by the river.

Three More Hands

Tournament director Mike Tarr has let the players know that three more hands are to be dealt before play ends for the day.

Langman Moves on Up

Florian Langman is now on 113,000 and counting after taking a chunk of change from Harry Kaczka and then eliminating another opponent.

Brendan Edmonds raised preflop to 5,500 preflop before Kaczka and Langman called, then all three players checked the flop of {7-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{8-Spades}.

On the turn of the {6-Hearts}, Edmonds and Kaczka checked, Langman opened for 8,800, Edmonds folded but Kaczka raised to 60,000, which was more than enough to put Langman all in.

Langman committed his last 45,400 before Edmonds got out of the way.

Langman: {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Kaczka: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

Langman had hit the ten-high straight, leaving Kaczka drawing thin. The {2-Spades} bricked out on the river, leaving Langman with just 37,000.

Langman scored another scalp shortly after, getting his money in good with pocket queens against an opponent's {a-Spades}{10-Spades}. The board improved neither hand.

Aristidou Chips Up

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Preflop, the player under the gun opened to 8,000 and Peter Aristidou asked how much he had behind before betting out the required 21,200. Manny Rodrigues flat called, and the under the gun made the all in call.

The flop of {j-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} had Aristidou lead out 25,000 which forced Rodrigues to open muck his {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}.

With no more action pending Aristidou and the all in player showed down their hands.

Arisitdou had {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} while the under the gun player had {A-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}.

The turn {2-Hearts} and river {3-Spades} blanked off sending the pot to Aristidou. He now has 160,000.

Stavropoulos Strikes Back

Stavropoulos: cuts through Woods
Stavropoulos: cuts through Woods
After a raise and a call from two players in front of them, the action folded around to Manny Stavropoulos who moved all-in for 26,000 from the small blind.

Barry Woods iso-shoved over the top for 170,000 and the other two players got out of the way before the cards were tabled:

Stavropoulos: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Woods: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}

The board ran out {3-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{3-Clubs}, improving neither hand and Stavropoulos doubled up to 75,000 while Woods slips to 140,000.

Still Chewing

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Toothpick is looking to chew into day two
Toothpick is looking to chew into day two
Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou has doubled up courtesy of winning a race.

The Toothpick got the last of his chips in with {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} against the {A-Clubs}{q-Clubs} of his opponent. The board ran out {10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} to double Toothpick Tony through.

A short time later he eliminated a short-stacked opponent and now has 75,000.

Saab Is Revved Back Up

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David Saab didn't stay down for long.

He's back to 60,000 in chips after finding a double up through Justin Layden. Saab got his {A-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} all in good against Layden's open ended broadway draw.

The broadway draw didn't get there, but Saab also improved making a flush on the river.