Chua Takes Charge of Third Aussie Millions Starting Flight

Charles Chua
Charles Chua.

The third and final starting day at the 2011 Aussie Millions main event played out at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia Tuesday.

With 274 enries on the day, a grand total of 721 bought in to the event, creating a $7,210,000 prize pool.

And although the tournament ended up just shy of last year's 746-person field, the winner will still be taking home an AUD$2 million first-place prize.

The third starting day appeared to lack the star power of the first two, but names like Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett, Daniel Alaei and 2010 November Niner Matt Jarvis were still seen around the room - although not for long as they all busted.

Recognizable pros climbing the leaderboard Tuesday included 2009 Aussie Millions finalist Elliot Smith, Aussie standouts Van Marcus and Jason Gray, 2011 PCA $100k champ Eugene Katchalov, and even cricket star Shane Warne.

Although Oliver Keefe grabbed the overnight lead, he was the only one to even come close to building the kind of stack that 2008 APPT Macau main event and high roller finalist Charles Chua did.

Chua returned from the dinner break with just 16k, but busted Jarvis and 2010 WSOP Europe champ James Bord on the way to the chip lead and a stack in the 175k range by the end of seven levels of play.

As a result, he will be joining the likes of Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey and Erick Lindgren among the leaders when Day 2 goes off Wednesday.

Outside of a few stops on the Asian circuit, Chua plays mostly cash games these days, but told PokerListings making the adjustment back to tournament play hasn't been a problem.

"After playing about 20 minutes you get back into it," he said.

Happy with his stack, Chua said it's still early days here at Crown and patience is still the key.

"I will try and chip up a bit more, but there's no need to force the action at this point," he said. "You need patience and to pick the right spots. There's no real need to do anything crazy."

One thing is for certain, Chua is after more than just the $15k min-cash.

"I played 6k in satellites and still didn't get in, so it's costing me $16,000 to play," he laughed. "Even if I make the money, I'm still losing money."

Play will begin again at 12:30 p.m. local time Wednesday with some 120 survivors joining the 168 from the first two starting days.

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