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Aussie Millions -- Main Event Day 1C

The Field Size Tops Out at 721 Players and One of them will win $2 Million

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Crown CasinoAfter three starting flights at the 2011 Aussie Millions $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event we now have a fully developed photo of the tournament field here at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The field size stands at 721 players and the first-place prize is $2 million. The top 72 players will walk away with at least $15,000 in prize money. Here is a look at the total prize pool for the event:

NOTE: All prize values in AUD.

1: $2,000,000
2: $1,035,000
3: $700,000
4: $450,000
5: $325,000
6: $225,000
7: $175,000
8-9: $130,000
10-12: $100,000
13-18: $70,000
19-24: $45,000
25-30: $35,000
31-36: $30,000
37-40: $25,000
41-56: $20,000
57-72: $15,000

The number of runner in today’s field was 274 and by the end of seven levels of poker, 112 remained tonight. They will join the 162 players who have already advanced for Day 2 action tomorrow, which is the national holiday Australia Day here on the island continent.

Now that we have the perspective of all three starting days rosters to look at it appears that most of the professionals decided to play on the first starting day of the event. The big names who have already either advanced to day 2 or busted out of their starting flight have been busy upstairs in Studio 3 where million dollar cash games have been taking place throughout the week.

There was still a solid selection of professionals in action in the field today and many of them have advanced to day 2. Recent PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 high roller champion Eugene Katchalov ended the night with 69,200; while international cricket sports star Shane Warne ended play with 48,200. Other notable pros to survive included former final tablist in this event Elliot Smith, Van Marcus, Mark Vos, Melanie Weisner, and Nikolay Evdakov, .

Tune back in tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. local time for more live coverage from the Aussie Millions main event. For now, here is a look at the tournament statistic from day 1C:

Day 1C Top Chip Counts:

Oliver Keefe: 198,200
Charles Chua: 163,000
Colin Nicholas: 134,900
Elliot Smith: 116,200
Ronnie Shabtay: 111,400
Gabe Patgorski: 110,500
David Gorr: 91,500
Tonio Roder: 91,300
Yasuhiro Waki: 80,000
Jason Gray: 79,700

Day 1C Notable Eliminations:

Tony Hachem, Daniel Alaei, Matt Jarvis, James Bord, Sam Trickett, Mohsin Charania, Erik Seidel, Peter Jetten, James Obst, John Juanda, and former Aussie Millions champion Alexander Kostritsyn.