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Aussie Millions -- $100,000 Challenge Day 1

A Strong Field of 38 Players Prompts the Inclusion of a $250,000 Event at the Crown Casino


Day 1 Chip Leader Sam TrickettThe 2011 Aussie Million $100,000 Challenge continued the trend of strong tournament attendance at high roller events to start this New Year. There were 38 players who ponied up the six figures to enter this event and the year-over-year growth was impressive at 58 percent. Attendance was so strong in fact that it prompted the Crown Casino to announce a $250,000 buy-in mega high roller tournament that will take place in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday, January 27. That tournament will boast the largest live tournament buy-in of all time, and the winner will walk away with $2 million.

The winner of the $100,000 Challenge will earn himself a nice payday as well, with a $1,525,000 first-place prize. The top six players in the event will all walk away with a piece of the $3.8 million prize pool; here is a look at the payout structure:

1: $1,525,000
2: $975,000
3: $625,000
4: $325,000
5: $200,000
6: $150,000

The tournament played quick throughout the first day and the final table of eight was reached just before the prescribed stop time of 1:30 a.m. local time. Sam Trickett was dominant throughout the day and he leads the way into the final table with just under a million in chips. The final table will begin at 2 p.m. local time tomorrow here in Australia, and you can tune back in at that time for full live coverage from the final day of the event.

Until then, here is a look at the chip counts for the remaining players in the tournament:

1st Sam Trickett 961,000
2nd David Steicke 622,000
3rd James Obst 571,000
4th Jeffrey Lisandro 454,000
5th David Benyamine 363,000
6th Erik Seidel 169,000
7th Tony Bloom 148,000
8th Chris Ferguson 89,000

There was a professional in every seat in the field today so the list of notable eliminations is a lengthy one. Here is a look at some of the great names who failed to advance to the final day of this star-studded event:

Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Andy Bloch, David Oppenheim, Gus Hansen, John Juanda, Erick Lindgren, Alexander Kostritsyn, Sorel Mizzi, Peter Jetten, Justin Smith, Mas Kagawa, James Bord, Daniel Cates, and Melburnians Tony G and Joe Hachem.

Card Player TV recorded the action on and off the felt at the tournament today, recording player’s thoughts and reactions from many of the game’s young stars. Check out an interview with overnight chip leader Sam Trickett below:

We’ll see you tomorrow for final-table coverage from the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge at Crown Casino, and be sure to tune in starting at noon local time for Day 1A updates from the $10,000 main event.