Patrik Antonius rose to the top of a star-studded field on Day 1c of Crown Casino's 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event.
Antonius finished with 204,800 chips to snag the over-night chip lead. He wasn’t the only one to stack up as Sam Cohen, Sam Trickett and Chris Brammer all passed the 100,000-chip mark.
Day 1c was certainly the most pro-heavy of the starting flights with big guns Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Trickett and Joe Hachem all taking a seat.
A total of 269 players bought in, making Day 1c easily the biggest starting day and when combined with Days 1a and 1b that takes the overall field up to over 600 players.
U.S. super statistician Nate Silver, who we talked with yesterday, also made his long-awaited entrance to the Aussie Millions Main Event and put together a very decent performance to end with 89,700 chips.
WSOP Main Event finalists and 888poker teammates Russell Thomas, Jake Balsiger and Jesse Sylvia also made an appearance on Day 1c. Balsiger busted late but both Thomas and Sylvia made it through to Day 2.
Phil Ivey Books His Ticket to Day 2
There were plenty of eliminations on Day 1c including Antonio Esfandiari, Gus Hansen, John Juanda, Steven Gee, Tony Hachem and Masa Kagawa.
Australian cricketer Shane Warne, who is somewhat of a fixture at the Aussie Millions, built a decent stack early but then busted mid-way through the day.
Warne actually had some company in the tournament with former teammate Dimitri Mascarenhas in on the action but Mascarenhas had the misfortune of quickly following Warne to the rail.
Meanwhile Phil Ivey played like Phil Ivey and ended with 65,000 chips. He finished 12th in this event last year and is poised for another deep run.
Payouts were not announced on Day 1c as Crown Casino is leaving registration open until the start of Day 2.
Things will only get more interesting from here on out as all the remaining players in the tournament will finally be combined in the same room for the first time tomorrow.
Jason Mercier, James Obst, Joe Hachem, Dan Shak, Sam Holden, Jens Kyllönen, Celina Lin and Brandon Adams will be amongst the returning players tomorrow.
Action kicks off at 12:30 p.m. local time at the Crown Casino in sunny Melbourne.
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