Aussie Millions Main Event: Lindgren, Antonius, Ivey Dominate Day 1a

Posted at 09:53 2011-01-24

Finally the big day had arrived!

After months of planning and preparation, the hard work had paid off for the staff of the Crown Poker Room as the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event kicked off in fine style. The crown was entertained with a live band as Crown didn't hold back in providing the hype and atmosphere that you would expect from the biggest poker tournament ever seen in this country.

The fans were three-deep on the rail, trying to catch a glimpse of their poker idols, and cheering on every big pot like it was their own. It also helped that the Teams Event was being held simultaneously in the room. The cheapest event on the Aussie Millions schedule brought plenty of people into the room, and allowed players not in the action, to sweat the stars in the Main Event.

As for the players, there were plenty of nervous amateurs but the field was stacked. In total, 238 players took to the felt for Day 1a which is slightly up from last year, but it was dominated by Full Tilt patches as many of the Full Tilt Pros decided to play. PokerNetwork's own Lynn Gilmartin took a look around the Crown Poker Room to give us a preview of the lineup...



Arguably three of the biggest names in poker took to the tables on Day 1a in Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Erick Lindgren, who by the end of the day, had topped the chip counts with 186,000. Antonius was close behind with 176,500 while Ivey has an interesting day on the felt, after copping a penalty for mobile phone use at the table and grabbing attention with a heated argument with floor staff, before bagging up 134,200 in chips.

Ivey’s mood swings were almost as big as his chip swings, and it became the talking point of the day, well that is, if you weren’t on the table of David Saab and Mike Matusow. Arguably the two biggest mouths in the game went at it hammer and tongs, with nobody really listening, and if you forgot your noise-cancelling headphones, you were in trouble.

Another talking point was the presence of the AFL’s highest profile player in Gary Ablett Jnr. The “Son of God” was hoping his holy influences were connected to the poker Gods and he was spotted kicking a few goals as he held his own on a table that featured Patrik Antonius and Barny Boatman. Ablett made it through the day with a little under starting stack.

As 79 players survived, that meant there were plenty of casualties throughout the day. It wasn’t a great day for Full Tilt Pros Erica Schoenberg, Mike Matusow, Jonathan Karamalikis, Eli Elezra, Tom Dwan and Justin Smith, who all departed a little earlier than planned, joining the likes of Maria Ho, Tony Dunst, Terrence Chan, JP Kelly, Raymond Rahme as international Day 1a casualties. As for the locals, Dean Nyberg, Daniel Neilson, Leo Boxell, Andy Hinrichsen, Jesse McKenzie, David Saab and 2009 Aussie Millions champion Stewart Scott, all failed to survive the day.

Some of those who did get through to Day 2 action include Chris Moorman (116,900), Erik Cajelais (108,700), Dale Marsland (102,000), Sean Dunwoodie (89,500), Jarred Graham (86,600), Billy "The Croc" Agryros (64,500), Howard Lederder (62,500), James Akenhead (56,000), Maryann Farrugia (55,500), Tim English (41,800), Steve Leonard (36,600), Robert Romanello (35,000) and Barny Boatman (22,800).

Another fresh batch of hopefuls will return to the Crown Poker Room to do it all again from 12:30pm Monday for Day 1b of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event. We expect another stacked field with the defending champ, 2010 Aussie Millions winner Tyron Krost already a confirmed starter. Stay locked into PokerNetwork for daily updates or follow along live with our friends at PokerNews.

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Phil Ivey was the headline act of Day 1a of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event Phil Ivey was the headline act of Day 1a of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event

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