Tue, Jan 22, 9:24am by Staff Writer
The Aussie Millions Poker Tournament continues at Melbourne’s Crown Casino this week, with just 15 players remaining in the $1,150 buy-in event and more than A$300,000 in prize money available.
The first event to get underway is the Pot-Limit Omaha event that was won by Andrew Locke last year.
He topped a field of 284 players and took home A$69,140.
Players will start with 10,000 in chips and play 18, 40-minute levels or earlier if the final stage is reached.
In addition to crowning the winner in this event, the final stages of the Shot Clock Shootout also take place on Monday.
A total of 20 table winners will return to Melbourne’s Crown Casino at 1pm and be drawn to three shootout tables of seven, seven and six players.
The top three of each table will advance to a final table of nine, with the winner taking home A$46,220 and the ANTON Championship Ring.
The Shot Clock Shootout started on Sunday attracting 181 entrants.
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Some prominent names in the sport took part including Kristen Bicknell, Steven Warburton, Dara O’Kearney and Sorel Mizzi.
Among the winners from day one include 2018 Aussie Millions main Event champion Toby Lewis, 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event runner-up Jack Salter and German Johannes Becker.
At 6:10pm, the No Limit Hold’em Mix Max gets under way.
Each level is 40 minutes and players are allowed one re-entry.
Dutchman Bas de Laat secured his first live tournament win in this event last year, taking away A$72,155 after defeating a field of 285 players.
Play will commence as a full ring game and continue until 60 entrants remain.
Seats are redrawn and the play will continue six-handed until eight entrants are left.
This year’s Aussie Millions is set to be one of the biggest ever.
From 1,752 entries at the opening Event, a record for a $1000 tournament in the southern hemisphere – just 15 remain after ten levels of play.
Artur Koren came into the day as the overall chip leader from the five starting flights and still sits atop despite almost 250 eliminations during the day.
“I think this is my first cash in a side event at the Aussie Millions in like four years or so,” he said.
“I just always bust final three tables in the Main which is ok, I guess. It saves the trip for sure. I ran pretty well in my opening flight, and I ran pretty well today. I think I played pretty good too,” he said.
Tournament director Joel Williams told Poker News that in 2018, more than half of the 800-strong field earned a seat playing in a satellite, and they are on course to beat that number.
“Satellites have been running, and players have already shown up in droves. Support for the 2019 series is also at an all-time high with local players already ensuring internal satellites currently sit almost 25 per cent in front of this time last year,” Mr Williams said.
There are a few more new features at this years Aussie Millions with The Big Blind Ante featuring in event events, with an A$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller buy-in on February 3.
Some other highlights of the event include the A$25,000 challenge on January 25 and the A$100,000 challenge on February 1.
On the World Series of Poker circuit, Frenchman Julien Robert leads the charge in the Main Event in Marrakech, Morocco.
He has 1,575,000 in chips, but Isabel Baltazaar is on his tale with 1,541,000.
They will be playing for a prize worth more than A$200,000.
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