Aussie Millions: Antonius Soars, Ivey Survives on Main Event Day 1C

Phil Ivey looks to improve upon his 12th place Main Event finish from 2012.

The final starting day of the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event drew the largest field and after seven levels of play Tuesday Patrik Antonius finished atop the leaderboard. Antonius ended the day with 204,800 and was the only Day 1C player to surpass the 200,000 mark.

Slade Fisher finished closest to Antonius, bagging up 199,400. Phil Ivey, who famously finished 12th in this event last year before winning the $250,000 Challenge the same day, finished with 65,000.

After two days of year-over-year growth the final starting day drew just 269 players, 48 fewer than last year. The total field of 621 is just 38 players shy of the 2012 field size with some players expected to register prior to the start of Day 2 action on Tuesday.

A number of 2012 October Niners took their shot at Aussie Millions glory on Day 1C. Jesse Sylvia,Russell Thomas and Jake Balsiger were all in the field with only Balsiger failing to make it through the day. Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, John Juanda, Dan Kelly, Masa Kagawa were not amongst the 144 Day 1C survivors as all were eliminated during the day’s action.

The overall leader after all three starting days is Brian Payne who finished Day 1A with 299,900. The average chip stack of all remaining 320 players is 58,200.

Day 1C Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Patrik Antonius – 204,800
  2. Slade Fisher – 199,400
  3. Kish Kumar – 134,600
  4. Sam Cohen – 128,800
  5. Julian Powell – 125,000
  6. Giacomo Fundaro – 120,000
  7. Hoang Anh Do – 115,000
  8. Chris Brammer – 110,000
  9. Sam Trickett – 110,000
  10. Gary Benson – 92,800
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Lance Bradley

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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