Aussie Millions $100k Challenge – Great start for McDonald

Mike McDonald

Day 1 of the 2014 Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge is over, with 40 players and 66 entries in total being counted today. The one that leads the tables is Mike “Timex” McDonald with 468k chips when the blinds stand at 2,500/5,000, so he is in great shape to make the final table.

At the opposite end of the spectrum we have Viktor Blom and Christoph Vogelsang with a bit over 100k and Jason Mercier who finished below this threshold after firing one more bullet. 

The top ten is populated by familiar names, with Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari and Tom Dwan being separated by just 20k chips. All these poker pros will give McDonald a run for his money tomorrow and as the blinds go up, the chip leader will have to fend off his increasingly aggressive contenders.

World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess is also among the survivors with a cool stack of 208k chips. There were a couple of poker pros who left the tournament quietly after losing the buy in, such as Dan Smith, Tobias Rekenmeier and Dan Shak.

Daniel Negreanu and Isaac Haxton suffered untimely eliminations and chose to rebuy 4 more times, with Negreanu carrying a stack of 221k chips into Day 2 while Haxton busted all 5 times.


Registration is still open so those who want to buy in before Day 2 begins can do, so it is only natural to assume that the 2014 Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge will have more than 70 entries.

Here are the 10 best placed players in the event:

  1. Mike McDonald – 468,500
  2. Paul Newey – 428,500
  3. Richard Yong – 379,500
  4. Antonio Esfandiari – 364,000
  5. Phil Ivey – 341,500
  6. TomDwan – 323,000
  7. Igor Kurganov – 310,000
  8. Winfred Yu – 301,000
  9. Max Altergott – 288,800
  10. Paul Phua – 274,000