Day 1c of the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship AU$10,600 Main Event attracted 292 players, which along with Day 1a's 183 and Day 1b's 173 brings the total field to 648, which is a little shy of last year's 668.
The third and final starting flight played seven 90-minute levels, and after that time approximately 150 remained with World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific bracelet winner Alex Antonios and his stack of 206,200 leading the way. Others who bagged up big stacks were Jordi Urlings (147,700), Don Mishra (143,400), and Dylan Honeyman (143,200).
Antonios, who won the WSOP APAC $2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em event back in October for AUD$128,784, steadily chipped up throughout the day. In the last level of the night, there was around 20,000 in the pot and a board reading . A player in middle position had checked and Antonios took the opportunity to bet 7,900. His opponent thought long and hard before making the call, but mucked just as soon as Antonios rolled over the for two pair. While Antonios thrived, more than a hundred players failed to survive.
"All in and a call Table 27," was heard just 45 minutes into play, and it was a result of a raising war on a flop. Nathan Vingrys ended up getting his stack all in and was at risk against Khylon Hanegraaf.
Vingrys opted to commit with his big pocket pair, but he was in big trouble as Hanegraaf had flopped a full house. Vingrys could still win with an ace, but it wasn't in the cards as the blanked on the turn followed by the on the river. With that, Vingrys became the first elimination of the day, though he soon had company.
Others who hit the rail as Day 1c progressed were Sam Khouiss, Justin Bonomo, Jackie Glazier, Scott Seiver, Doug "WCGRider" Polk, Sam Trickett, Bryn Kenney, Igor Kurganov, Tobias Reinkemeier, and 2010 Aussie Millions champ Tyron Krost.
Of course not everyone was so unlucky. Among those to advance to Day 2 were AU$25,000 Challenge champ Alex Trevallion (85,500); the legendary Phil Ivey (84,600); "King" Dan Smith (79,000); Asia Player of the Year Pete Chen (77,000); World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific bracelet winner Luke Brabin (70,500); and German wunderkind Ole Schemion (60,400).
The survivors from each of the starting flights will combine under one roof for Day 2 action at 12:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday. The plan is to play five 90-minute levels with a 15-minute break after each (no dinner break), which means players will have a relatively early night so they may attend the Aussie Millions Welcome Party. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there every step of the way to bring your all the action and eliminations straight from the floor of the Crown Poker Room.
While you wait, check out our video featuring WSOP APAC champ Scott Davies: