Toby Lewis wins big at the Aussie Millions. Daniel Negreanu responds to negative reaction to his tweet criticizing certain types of players. Eli Elezra makes a statement on past debts. Find these stories and more in the Tuesday Hit and Run.

Toby Lewis with second $500k Aussie Millions win

On Tuesday, Toby Lewis took down the Aussie Millions AUD$50,000 Challenge to win the equivalent of $588,999 after a deal with 2nd place finisher Manig Loeser, who won $556,017. In his path to victory, Lewis defeated a field of 62 entries. Lewis, who won the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event and has over $6 million in live tournament winnings, came in second just two days earlier in the AUD$25,000 Challenge, where he took home $558,660.

2019 Aussie Millions AU$50,000 Challenge
PlacePlayerPrize in USD
1stToby Lewis$588,999
2ndManig Loeser$556,017
3rdThomas Muehloecker$296,856
4thDominik Nitsche$233,244
5thBjorn Li$169,632

Tuesday also marked the third of three flights of the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event, which has attracted 797 entries through Tuesday with late registration open through the first level of Day 2 on Wednesday. The tournament is just three entries away from reaching 2018’s record of 800, setting up a likely record for Australia’s most popular tournament.

A total of 425 players plus any late registrants will reconvene for Day 2 with Day 1c chip leader Cole Swannack going into the day as the overall chip leader. He’s just ahead of Day 1b chip leader Julian Stuer and Day 1a chip leader Paul-Francois Tedeschi.

Watch the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event

Poker fans can begin watching the Aussie Millions on February 1st through the runitup Twitch channel.

Quick hitters

– Last week, Daniel Negreanu posted a now-deleted tweet criticizing attributes of some poker players which he said are bad for the game. After a largely negative response to his tweet, Negreanu clarified his position while admitting his original tweet was “too harsh.”

Eli Elezra has responded to critisms of past debts in a statement on Two Plus Two. The statement comes some ten days after Elezra was called out by Cole South in a 2+2 “Ask Me Anything” thread where he alleged that Elezra owed South over $40,000 from a 2010 loan.

888poker is removing the rake for seven of their most popular Sunday tournaments. Among the “Rakeless” tournaments are events with buy-ins ranging from $7 to $300 and includes the $200 Sunday Mega Deep and $200 Sunday Main Event, each with $100,000 guarantees.

– 1207 entries joined the WPT Borgata Winter Openover two Day 1 flights with Joey Couden holding the chip lead to begin the day. As of late Tuesday afternoon, 345 players remain with Ping Liu holding the chip lead. Keep up with the action through live updates at the WPT website.

– Live tournament results across the globe: Denys Shafikov wins WPT Russia Main Event for $255,259. Kyle Cartwright wins his eighth ring after taking down the $1,700 2019 WSOP Circuit Main Event for $198,451.

– Tuesday’s Grinderschool.com featured poker training video is the conclusion of Carroters’ “Adjusting to Player Types” series. In this episode, Carroters explains the best approach to table selection and why its important.

Recent notable poker videos

Doug Polk reviews a hand involving Matt Berkey and Tommy Nguyen deep in the PCA Main Event earlier this month.

– Fresh of his win at the WPT Borgata Heads-Up event, Poker Night In America posted part II of their series on Phil Hellmuth’s cash game history on the show.