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2015 Aussie Millions: Main Event and $100k Challenge Updates

Tags: Ami Barer, Aussie Millions 2015, Daniel Cates, Erik Seidel, jungleman.
Posted on 26 January 2015 by "T".

Main Event

On Sunday, the first starting day of three kicked off at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. 183 players bought in for $10,600 each (8 more than Day 1a of last year's Main Event) and 97 players were still sitting at the tables after seven 90-minutes levels of play.

Ami Barer, the winner of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event, bagged up 142,900 in chips and the third largest stack. Barer now has the chance of becoming the first back-to-back champ in Aussie Million history. Long way to go, but there's a small chance!

$100,000 Challenge

Day 1 of the $100,000 Challenge tourney saw a field of 63 entries. As you probably already figured out, many of the participants were big stars in the poker world. We are not sure how many players survived Day 1, but Jason Mo bagged up the largest stack (637,000). Other familiar faces in the top 10 chip counts include Erik Seidel (493,500), Stephen Chidwick (365,500) and Philipp Gruissem (271,000).

According to Poker News, Daniel "jungleman" Cates didn't do so well in Day 1. After losing his initial buy-in, Cates ran pocket kings into the pocket aces of another player during level 4. Before the flop he screamed, "Are you fucking kidding me!?" and threw his cards across the table - in the direction of his opponent.

The board ran out 10 10 3 3 5 to give the other player the win. In frustration, Cates grabbed a handful of his chips and threw them at his opponent, who took it quite well. Tournament staff were called to the scene and eventually it was ruled that Cates had less chips and had been eliminated. Cates stormed to the rail - for the second time of the day.


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7 comments on "2015 Aussie Millions: Main Event and $100k Challenge Updates"

 doubletop77726/01/2015 10:31:33 GMT
This event is getting to be one of the most important tournaments played during the year and all the top players seem to be playing in this. I look forward to seeing who eventually wins
 Werewolf199226/01/2015 11:54:06 GMT
This article can represent, how long a poker tournament can be. 183 players 1 day, and still there is much more time remaining.
My best tournaments are last until 4 hours, and these are sometimes enough to me, but if somebody reach the money prize, it will be easier to play a little. Smile
And the article show us, that patient is very important too. But i think i does the same in the same situation. Smile
 klash2326/01/2015 14:38:52 GMT
I don't really know much about the Aussie millions events but it does seem to be getting better and better over the years and as doubletop says there are always the best players there now.
Sounds like Cates is not having a great time there though,throwing his cards in one tournament and then throwing the chips the next time he was eliminated!!
 Fakiry26/01/2015 19:52:08 GMT
I understand his frustration. It's not that often that one gets pocket kings, even more at such a big event, and having the misfortune to get it at rhe same time other player gets American Airlines. At least it wasn't a bad beat!
 bowie198401/02/2015 00:25:17 GMT
Hah, in the jungle the mighty jungle the chips flyin' tonight.
We don't know how he lost his initial buy-in but reading how he got worked up on this setup seems to me he lost those chips the same way. Also this must have been the only momentum worth mentioning from this day, seeing that nothing else made headlines in this casino. It's alright, he need some anger therapy.
 bowie198403/02/2015 00:45:18 GMT
This guy is known for his 'no nonsense' style HU cash games I think he probably used to these kind of setups so its still beyond why he worked up this much over a hand. Yeah, it's a lot of money but he has a very heavy wallett IMO so risking a casino ban over some bad beat is not the way to go for any pro...
Maybe he had other problems too.
 godoy30/04/2018 03:07:48 GMT
an event of this size only serves to crown and make even more interesting this tournament of the United States where the glamor and the values are so commonplace that it seems so easy to get these figures more so it seems

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