Day 2 of the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions got underway on Thursday and following a busy and intense day of poker eight players remain to challenge for the incredible HKD$ 34,600,000 (USD$4,464,516) first place prize. All the players who make the final eight have guaranteed themselves a happy tournament as the minimum they will take home on Friday is HKD$ 6,000,000 (USD$ 774,193), not a bad chunk of change for three days work.
Play got underway at 3pm (CST) with 51 players all hoping they could sneak a seat at the final table. Day 1 Chip Leader Jonathan Duhamel began the day on the ropes early with silly mistakes which the young man could have avoided and are what ultimately cost him his chance. He quickly found himself back with the chasing pack while bleeding chips throughout the day. Duhamel’s downfall came at the hands of Australian Jeff Rossiter who sent the 2010 WSOP Main Event champion home when the young Canadian went all in pre-flop with A-J against Rossiter’s Q-Q. The cards came out 7-10-3-K-4 none of which helped Duhamel knocking him out earlier than many thought.
While Duhamel was busting out, the other Team PokerStars Pro Isaac Haxton was continuing to build on his already healthy stack. Haxton eliminated the likes of Dan Smith, Tobias Reinkemeier and David Steicke on the way to booking his seat for the final table and totaling up a significant chip count of 7,075,000 putting him seventh overall.
Final Table chip counts and seating draw.
1.Igor Kurganov – 18,400,000
2.Pratyush Budigga – 13,075,000
3.Jeff Rossiter – 12,825,000
4.Anson Tsang – 5,750,000
5.Sorel Mizzi – 28,300,000
6.Niklas Heninecker -15,275,000
7.Isaac Haxton – 7,075,000
8.Zheng Tang – 24,300,000
The final table contains some notable poker names, however, it does not feature seasoned pros; Gus Hansen, John Juanda, Anthony Gregg, Mike McDonald, JC Alvardo, Aaron Lim and the reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson who all struck out on Day 2. The Day 2 winner was another Canadian, Sorel Mizzi, who dominated the tables with ease, taking out Anthony Gregg and steadily building his stack throughout the day with a calm and calculated approach.
The poker hearts strings were plucked for “Mr 9” Rono Lo who finished ninth, missing out on one of the biggest paydays of his career. Lo was relatively low stacked heading into the final rounds, he found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place as the blinds were at 500,00 and 1,000,000 with his stack at just below 7,000,000. Lo quickly moved all in (Q-10)against Pratyush Budigga (A-A) the cards fell (5-2-8-3-6) which eliminated Lo and set the final table.
The final day is set to be all out war as all players are in with a shout of being crowned Asia Millions champion and becoming very wealthy very quickly. Don’s miss a second of the action which is live from 3pm (CST). You can catch at every second of the Final table player live at FTR here.