A massive total of 288 players came to the banks of the Yarra River to try their luck today, bringing the total number of entrants in this year's Aussie Millions up to 681.
Although that number pales in comparison to the 780 rounders here in 2008, the tournament staff still managed to work a little prize pool magic, ensuring first place will pay a whopping $2 million AUD, beating last year's take by $350k.
The top-heavy structure will pay just 64 places and although it really isn't, they managed to make this Aussie Millions at least appear to be the biggest one ever. That's good enough for us.
Big is what the Aussie Millions is about, and the names on the roster today included some of the biggest in the game.
There's no larger figure in Australian poker than Team Michael Binger, 2008 WSOP Main Event Final tablist Kelly Kim, 1998 WSOP Main Event winner Scotty Nguyen and a host of locals looking to make names for themselves as this tournament moves forward.
When play wrapped just after midnight Melbourne time it appeared 143 players survived the day, meaning Day 2 will begin with approximately 320 players still in the hunt.
Play will start around 12:30 p.m. Down Under tomorrow and PokerListings.com will be on the scene throughout as the serious contenders for the Aussie Millions title begin to separate themselves from the pack.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to click right here and follow along as we inch ever closer to crowning a 2009 Aussie Millions champ.