Cary Katz leads final 14 at the A$100,000 Challenge, Main Event about to reach final table

The original field of 33 has reduced to 14 by the end of Day 1, while there are only ten players left in the Main Event. Watch the action live here!

Alex Foxen grinding hard

The 2019 Aussie Millions once again attracts the poker elite, who gathered to the prestigious Crown Casino, Melbourne with hopes for a huge payday. The biggest buy-in event, the A$100,000 tournament created 33 entries during the first day, with several re-entries.

Several players including Rainer Kempe, Manig Löser, Kristen Bicknell, Kahle Burns, and Thomas Mühlöcker needed to put down the A$100K two times as they failed to run up a stack with the first bullet. Bicknell and Burns were both unable to get things going and found themselves at the rail joining A$50K Challange champion Toby Lewis, Julien Martini or Koray Aldemir.

In the meantime, the field got down to the last 14 by the end of day four and the remaining players are all well-known faces in the high-stakes poker community. Founder of PokerCentral, Cary Katz will return with the biggest stack to Day 2. Cary accumulated 1,108,000 which is good for 110 blinds.

He's followed by a number of top-notch competition with the likes of Alex Foxen (999,000), Manig Löser (872,000) or Thomas Mühlöcker (528,000). Other than them, basically the whole field is a who is who in poker. See the current chip counts below:

Cary Katz 1,108,000
Alex Foxen 999,000
Manig Loeser 872,000
Abraham Passet 751,000
Johannes Becker 730,000
Tsugunari Toma 713,000
Thomas Muehloecker 528,000
Michael Zhang 496,000
Huang Shan 489,000
Mustapha Kanit 419,000
Michael Soyza 399,000
Dominik Nitsche 390,000
Andras Nemeth 242,000
Rainer Kempe 107,000

Day 2 kicks off at 12:10 p.m. (AEDT) and with the registration still being open, several additional entries are guaranteed.

A$10,300 Main Event

While the high-roller regulars were battling it out in the A$100K event, the Main Event has reached the final table bubble - there are only ten players left.

Australia's Hamish Crawshaw (6,125,000) is the current chip leader and the top three spots all belong to locals at the moment. Bjorn Ostby has 3,000,000, while Andrew Hinrichsen has 2,900,000 and Clinton Taylor 2,880,000.

The most successful player in the remaining field is certainly US pro, Bryn Kenney, who only has 2,050,000 and belongs to the shorter stacks. However, his 40-big-blind stack gives him some room to maneuver.

Fellow US player, Mike Del Vecchio has a similar stack with 1,900,000 chips, while Aussie David Wang is the shortest with his 525,000 chips.

All of the remaining players are guaranteed at least an A$123,000, but there is A$1,850,000 waiting for the champion which is probably a good motivation for all of the remaining players.

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