LISANDRO KICKS OFF DAY ONE

The 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship tournament is now currently going on in full swing. Out of the 26 scheduled events,
three have already been played out. Brendon Rubie and Dan “djk123” Kelly won the first two events and started the tournament with great promise. Several other top ranking poker professionals having previous success in Melbourne are arriving at the Crown daily. These include big names like Jeffrey Lisandro, Randy Dorfman, Erik Seidel and Gus Hansen. Many more pros are still on their way.

Sunday saw the commencement of two events, namely the $10,000 Main Event and the $100,000 Challenge. Players participating in the $100,000 Challenge included such names as Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Gus Hansen, Tony G, Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel. A few players including McLean Karr, Patrik Antonius, Barry Greenstein and Randy Dorfman decided to skip the $100,000 Challenge and try out their hands at the $10,000 Main Event.

In this year’s event, we saw many leading European poker champions such as former European Poker Tour winners Anton Wigg (Copenhagen 2010), David Vamplew (London 2010), Rupert Elder (San Remo 2011) and Michael Tureniec (Copenhagen 2011). There were also several local heroes such as Andrew Hinrichsen, Jeffrey Lisandro, Lee Nelson and Faraz Jaka present in the $10,000 Main Event.

A roaring buzz was heard in the Crown Poker Room in response to the facts that 153 players signed up for Day 1a of the $10,000 Main Event. Joe Hachem performed the pre-game formalities by giving the shuffle up and deal and greeting the players with some heartfelt words for participating in the biggest poker competition in Australia. After the completion of seven levels, nearly 68 players remained in the game.
Brett Watson leaded the way with 257400 in chips. Watson performed greatly on Day 1a gradually building up his stack while really taking the lead at the last level of the night.