The rumours have been circulating all week, but it is now official. The 2011 Aussie Millions will host the biggest buy-in tournament ever seen with a staggering $250,000 price tag. Even more staggering is the number of players that have shown interest in participating.
Originally proposed as an eight-player sit and go, the likely types were already confirmed. Full Tilt Pros Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson and John Juanda are never far from the big buy-in tournaments, so their name on the interest list was not surprising. They are set to be joined by three new faces that we were introduced to earlier in the week in the Million Dollar Cash Game – billionaire Chinese businessmen Richard Yong, Wang Qiang and Paul Phua.
Ok, so that’s a table of eight, game on! But wait, there’s more!
Further interest has come from the likes of Nikolay Evdakov, Tony Bloom, Alexander Kostritsyn, Sam Trickett, Annette Obrestad, Andrew Feldman, Daniel Cates and James Obst.
If my math is right, that gives us a field of sixteen! That would be an astonishing number if these players indeed pony up the quarter mil for this event.
It’s all scheduled to go down at 12pm this afternoon. The event is scheduled as a one day event, and originally proposed as a “winner takes all” format. However tournament staff have advised that the payouts will largely be determined by the players themselves, so it’s likely that deals will be done. But then again, Ivey or Dwan might like the idea of eating the entire cake!
It’s being promoted as the “World’s Biggest Poker Tournament” and will kick off in Crown’s Studio 3 at 12pm today. Live updates will be brought to you on PokerNews.com with regularly updates throughout the day here on PokerNetwork.com.
This is going to be huge!
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The Aussie Millions is set to play host to the world's largest poker tournament this afternoon!
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