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Aussie Millions Main Event Attracts 780 Players

Day 2 Has Concluded

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Day 2 of the Aussie Millions AUD $10,000 main event is complete. The tournament officially had 780 entrants, meaning the winner stands to earn AUD $1.650 million. (That’s about $1.45 million U.S.) This year’s field of players broke last year's record of 747 entrants.

The large playing field forced the casino to hold three day 1s on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The field got together for the first time on Thursday and played down to about 100 players, only 20 away from the money bubble.

MKevin Saulatthew Lagarde, a player from Maryland who has never cashed for more than $40,000 in a live tournament, is the tourney’s chip leader with 480,000, but there are plenty of heavy-hitters who have enough chips to make a serious run at the title. They include Kevin Saul (pictured) with 400,000, Andrew Black with 271,000, Peter Feldman with 207,000, Kenna James with 135,000, and Mike Matusow with 80,000.

Day 2 concluded only a few hours ago (Australia is nearly a day head of the U.S.), and the tournament is scheduled to conclude Sunday.

Meanwhile, the first day 1 of a $5,000 heads-up tournament also finished, leaving four of the 32 players who started the day standing. That match will continue on Saturday with the quarterfinal match, in which Lee Nelson will play Roy Winston and Michael McDonald will play Masaaki Kagawa. The second day 1, with the final 32 players, will play down to four Friday and will meet the other four players on Saturday. The winner receives AUD $100,000.