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Lindgren, Ivey, Antonius Highlight 2011 Aussie Millions Kick Off
The 2011 Aussie Millions main event kicked off at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia Sunday with the first of three starting flights.
A total of 238 players dropped the AUD$10,000 buy-in putting the tournament on pace to surpass last year's total of 746.
Among them were some of the biggest names in the game, including Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Tom "durrrr" Dwan.
Having made 10th in 2003 and a final-table appearance that ended in eighth just two years ago, it was no surprise to see Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman build a stack early.
"I feel comfortable here," he told PokerListings. "I like the structure, I like the way they run the whole thing and feeling comfortable in a venue really makes a big difference.
"Having said that, I do tend to get off to fast starts in tournaments. In fact, I do a lot more of that than actually making finals, so I'm not celebrating anything yet. But it's not a bad start."
While Boatman dipped as day turned into night, the aforementioned Ivey and Antonius both found themselves among the leaders after seven levels of play on the day.
Less than 80 survived with Erick Lindgren appearing to take the overnight lead and Carter Phillips, Chris Moorman and Erik Cajelais also heavily stacked.
The entire group will be back Wednesday for Day 2 with two starting flights still to come.
The 2011 Aussie Millions runs through Jan. 29 with the second starting flight going off Monday at Crown beginning at 12:30 p.m. local time.
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