Event 5: $1,650 No Limit Hold'em w/ Bounties
Event 5: $1,650 No Limit Hold'em w/ Bounties
Day 1 completed

That'll Do Donkey, That'll Do.

It's been another action-packed day here at the Crown Casino in Melbourne and after a 13-hour slog, 381 players have been reduced to just 32.

Though numbers were down from last year, it didn't take away from the spirit of the competition, dominated by a local field providing plenty of entertainment and for a lucky few, they may have hit the rail with little or no loss by taking out a bounty or two!

Congratulations to our first eight players past the post; each receive AUD $2,668 for their efforts:

33rd place: Maryann Farrugia
34th place: Rosmus Vogt
35th place: Chris Chronis
36th place: Michael Tureniec
37th place: Rainer Pfauder
38th place: Jarred Graham
39th place: Jeff Duvall
40th place: James Keys

The remaining 32 players have bagged and tagged and will return tomorrow at 2:00pm AEDST, where they will play a shootout format until two players remain on each table to form the final table.

Be sure to tune in early tomorrow morning for all the action here at PokerNews - for now, we're heading off to the bar. See you there!

Maryanne Farrugia Falls On Shootout Bubble

The money was all in the middle preflop and we caught the action just as the cards were tabled between Aidan Kelly and Maryanne Farrugia:

Farrugia: {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}
Kelly: {q-Spades}{7-Spades}

The flop of {k-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Hearts} improved neither hand, but Kelly caught the {q-Clubs} on the turn to take the lead! Needing any eight, the river {6-Diamonds} fell on the river, eliminating the last remaining female in the tournament.

And that means that's stumps! Time to wrap this puppy up.

Peter Saward Still Trucking

Peter Saward has kept his hopes of playing in the shootout phase alive after doubling through Stefan Huber.

Huber opened to 8,000 and Saward moved in for 17,000. Huber made the call tabling {k-Spades}{9-Hearts} to sit marginally in front of the {j-Hearts}{q-Hearts} of the all in player.

Saward looked set to go out through the {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop and {9-Clubs} turn, only to be bailed out by the {Q-Clubs} river.

He has 37,000, Huber has 114,000.

Vogt Eliminated

Rasmus Vogt has fell just short of the shootout stage heading out in 34th position.

Vogt had got extremely short in chips hoping to hold out for a pay jump. It didn't happen Tristan Bain made the call with {6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, which looked to match up well for Vogt's {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}.

That was until Bain caught a runner-runner straight on the {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} board.

Bain moves up to 80,000.

32 and We're Home

After earlier being advised that we would be playing through to the final table, we've just been told that we will only play to the shooutout night.

The shooutout starts at 32 players. That means we will be done rather soon.

Chronis Busto

The money was all in the middle preflop between Chris Chronis and Brian Payne. We got there just in time to see the showdown:

Payne: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Chronis: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, sending Chronis packing and Payne's stack up to 228,000.

Farrugia Finds Some Chips

Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis raised before the flop to 9,000 and the action folded around to Maryanne Farrugia who reraised all in. Karamalikis called.

Farrugia: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Karamalikis: {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and Farrugia doubled up to 90,000 in chips. Karamalikis probably wouldn't be too worried - he's still on 245,000 in chips.

Pfauder Poleaxed

Rainer Pfauder moved the last of his short stack into the middle from middle position and the action folded around to Stefan Huber who called from the cutoff.

Everybody else got out of the day and the cards were tabled:

Pfauder: {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Huber: {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The board was spread {q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{j-Spades}{10-Diamonds}; Pfauder was sent to the rail and Huber is now on 113,000.

Chronis Back In Business

Chris Chronis has completed an impressive comeback, now sitting at 75,000.

The roller-coaster ride for Chronis has hit another peak with him eliminating Michael Tureniec.

Tureniec found his {3-Spades}{3-Clubs} no match for Chronis' {9-Hearts}{6-Clubs} on the {k-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Spades} flop. The {4-Diamonds} turn and {k-Hearts} river would change nothing, sending Tureniec to the rail.