It was Groundhog Day as a massive 459 players, including 224 who had already busted once from this tournament, filled every corner of the Crown Poker Room for Day 1c of the $1,100 No Limit Holdem Opening Event of the 2010 Aussie Millions. It was “repechage” day, giving players a second chance at a share of the massive prize pool.
The great support for this event resulted in a total number of 1,143 entrants which is a record for major poker tournaments in this country. The $1,143,000 prize pool will be split amongst the top 108 players, with first place set to collect the first Aussie Millions Gold Championship Ring of 2010 and a very handsome $200,025 in cash.
All of the big names were in attendance including a few new players hitting the felt for the first time this week. We caught our first glimpses of Tony G, Clonie Gowen, Sorel Mizzi, David Saab, Jason Gray, Paul Khoury, Kenneth Damm and 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, while some of those who were back for a second chance included brief appearances by Tony Dunst and Emad Tahtouh, Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Lee Nelson, Josh “JJProdigy” Field, Ben “CNT_CRUSHER” Delaney, Andrew Jeffreys, Leo Boxell, Amanda De Cesare, Tino Lechich, James Akenhead and 2009 Aussie Millions Champ Stewart Scott.
With three levels still to play in the day it was online sensation Harry Kaczka out in front from duel WSOP bracelet winner JP Kelly. Others still in good shape include Manny Stavropoulos, Warwick Mirzikinian, Chris “Minesony” Evans, Luke McLean, Peter Aristidou, Bruno Portaro and Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis.
With 51 survivors from Day 1a, and another 60 from Day 1b, we can expect close to 200 players to return tomorrow at 12:30pm local time for Day 1c of action. The PokerNetwork team are on the floor to bring you all of the live updates from Event #1, with thanks to Bet 247.
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