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Despite the tumultuous nature of the poker industry the Aussie Millions Main Event continues to be a remarkably consistent draw.
The 2017 edition of the venerable $10k buy-in tournament officially passed the 700-player mark earlier today with the conclusion of Day 1c.
Thanks to a large surge of entries on Day 1c the field now stands at 718 players, which is just shy of the 732 that attended last year.
There’s a chance that number will even be broken as players are allowed to register right up to the start of Day 2 tomorrow.
Kanit, Grafton, Tilly Among Leaders
Once again the Aussie Millions attracted a large contingent of established pros with Mustapha Kanit (215,000 chips), Sam Grafton (111,400) and Jennifer Tilly (85,000) among the chip leaders.
The poker gods weren’t quite as kind to Phil Laak, David Peters, Sam Trickett, Annette Obrestad and Dan Shak who were eliminated over the course of the three initial starting days.
Interestingly both last year’s winner, Ari Engel, and runner-up finisher Tony Dunst punched their tickets to Day 2 with average stacks.
Exact prize pool details won’t be released until tomorrow but the first-place prize should come very close to the AUD$1.6 million that Engel took home in 2016.
The Main Event continues this week at the Crown Casino in Melbourne with the epic $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller set for the weekend (along with the conclusion to the $100k event).
Organizers have actually added a $50,000 buy-in 6-Max Shot Clock tournament set for Sunday, Jan. 29, thanks to extra interest from the players.