Day 2 of the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event is in the books. The remaining players from all three Day 1 flights met in the same room (well, same two rooms, if you count Studio 3) for the first time today.
Pierre Aoukar came into the day with the chip lead, but it was David Frieling who closed out the day atop the leaderboard with over 500,000 in chips as your unofficial chip leader. Not far behind him are Dan Shak, winner of the $100,000 challenge; Gus Hansen, winner of the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event and Betfair's Sorel Mizzi.
In all, the 2010 version of the Aussie Millions attracted 746 entrants, bringing the total prize pool to $7.46 million AUD, with first place taking home $2 million AUD.
Of the 294 hopefuls who started Day 2, about 80 of them remain. We'll have the official numbers posted as soon as they are released by tournament staff.
Quite a few pros made it to day two, but made early exits, including Erick Lindgren, Tony G, WSOP last woman standing Leo Margets, Joe Hachem, Dan Harrington, James Akenhead and Mark Vos.
PokerNews will be back tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m. local time when the remaining players work their way down to the final three tables. Join us then for our continued coverage of the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event!
Pierre Aoukar is now half way to a million when one of his opponents raised to 11,000 and saw Aoukar reraise to 42,000. His opponent moved all in and Aoukar made the call. Aoukar showed the and his opponent . The flop, turn and river were good enough to win Aoukar the pot and get his stack right to the 500,000 mark.
David Frieling raised from the cutoff seat and John Lomardo called on the button. The flop came down and Frieling checked. Lomardo fired 30,000 and then Frieling raised to 100,000. Lomardo went all in for 200,000 and Lomardo called.
The turn was the and the river the to keep Frieling in the led and give him the massive pot. He's up to 535,000 chips and has taken over the chip lead. Lomardo was sent packing.
One table in front of our PokerNews setup in Studio 3 has become a magnet for the cameras.
Featuring Ben Delaney, Jessica Dawley, Steve Topakas and Adam Cusenza among others the players seem to be having a great time together. Chatting, laughing, smiling; it's like a good ol' fashion home game out there. The only difference? The winner of this game takes home $2 million AUD.