A buy-in this big is bound to attract the game's elite, and the strictly ballers-only roster did not disappoint one bit.
Among those dropping the $100,500 AUD to take part were former Aussie Millions champs Alexander Kostritsyn, Tony G and Michael Sampoerna, who finished third here last year, were not far behind and before the fourth level of play was through, they were down to just 15 players and two tables.
Just minutes before the fourth level ended and a 90-minute dinner break ensued, Tran actually found quads again, only this time they weren't his.
PokerStars APPT Macau main event bubble boy and two-time high roller final tablist David Steicke managed to catch the good fortune this time around, and was only too happy to take the chip lead when Tran shoved into his quad nines on the river.
In what has to be determined a slight etiquette breach, Steicke asked to see Tran's mucked pocket threes when the hand was through. The bad blood between the two was evident throughout the rest of the night.
The level following dinner was filled with exactly five double-ups from the short stacks in the room and zero eliminations, but the sixth level of play more than made up for it as John Hennigan got his aces cracked, Andrew "good2cu" Robl found his king outkicked and Patrik Antonius sucked out huge in a $400k pot with jacks against Chris Ferguson's queens to send them all packing.
Antonius gave away half of those chips when David Steicke flopped a straight against his own pocket queens a few hands later and after Masaaki Kagawa, Erik Seidel and Nam Le all said goodnight, Steicke went into the final nine with the chip lead.
The decision was made to play a couple more levels before bagging and tagging, and Antonius quickly became the first casualty of the final nine, shoving into a J.C. Tran flopped set with top pair, top kicker.
Jason Gray shoved next with a flush draw that never materialized against David Steicke's big slick and while he said goodbye eighth, Steicke and Tran found themselves neck and neck for the lead, setting up a battle for the ages considering the early personality clash.
A short-stacked Jeffrey Lisandro doubled through Tran minutes later, but got his aces cracked by Steicke's turned trips to bow out seventh.
Play was halted as the eighth level of the day ended with just six players remaining.
Action will resume at 4 p.m. Melbourne time Sunday with six finalists jockeying for spots in a payout structure that will reward just four. First pays $1.2 million AUD, second $600k, third is worth $300,000 and the fourth-place finisher will cash $200,000.
When they get going again, Steicke will have the lead on $631,000 and Tran is next on $528,000. A steady day from John Juanda will see him return to the action with $480k, and the surprising Dan Shak will be back on $356,000.
2004 Aussie Millions champ Tony Bloom will bring $181,000 to the party, and unknown wild card Bill Jourdano will be the shortest on $139,000.
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