The 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event brought in a total of 340 entrants, down math math math 24% from last year’s 447.
Without the weight (and money) of Full Tilt behind it this year, a drop was to be expected, and 24% (when combining Day 1A’s turn-out) is not too bad, all things considered.
Day 1C, however, is expected to be its biggest draw date. We shall see.
Of the 187 starting Day 1B field, a total of 104 survived. James Dempsey ended Day 1B on top, stacked at 189,000. He’s followed by Ilir Beluli with 182,700. Kenna James is third overall with 151,400.
Also among the big stacks is Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan with 107,400.
Day 1A big stack Brett Watson is still the overall chip leader with 257,400.
Get full chip counts here.
In the $100,000 High Rollers event, U.S. American Dan Smith captured his first seven-figure score, defeating Mikhail Smirnov heads-up for the title. Smith adds $1,012,000 AUD to his bankroll. Smirnov takes home $616,000 AUD.
The chip leader going into the final table, Gus Hansen, bubbled from the money. “Salty” Joe Hachem finished third ($330,000 AUD) and Tony G came in fourth ($242,000 AUD).