Aussie Millions Day 2: Field increase means more money

When the Crown Poker Room closed up shop last night (not literally obviously, we are talking about a casino here) there were 659 players in the Aussie Millions Main Event.
Late registration was open until the start of play on Day 2 and nine players wandered in late and casually took their seat with the starting stack.

With that, the numbers were in!

I'm sure all you mathematicians out there can add nine to 659, but before I talk about the official number and the prize pool, let me give you a bit of background.

It was back in November that the Asia Pacific Poker Tour teamed up with the Aussie Millions. At the time, APPT President Danny McDonagh had this to say:

"The Aussie Millions becoming part of the APPT is a great fit for both Crown Melbourne and Global Poker Tours Ltd." said McDonagh. "Linking one of the best tournaments in Asia Pacific with the region's biggest poker tour benefits everyone. Personally, I can't wait to again be actively involved in one of the very top big buy-in events in the world."

He claimed it was a great fit and a great fit it was as 668 total players meant that for the first time in three years the Aussie Millions Main Event had increased its field size.

We caught up with McDonagh here on Day 2.

"It's great to see the number up on last year," McDonagh tells us. "We now have a great foundation of which to build upon and we are really looking forward to see how big the 2015 Aussie Millions can be with the APPT able to have the full 2014 as a longer build up."


The Crown Poker Room was fuller this year than last year

With McDonagh and the APPT only having a few months to really push satellites, we too are excited for the future of the new-look Aussie Millions. For now though, we must live in the moment and at the moment all the players on Day 2 are worried about is the prize pool.

To sum it up, the 668 players created a $6,680,000 prize pool, with a whopping $1.6 million of that set aside for the eventual champion. The top 72 players will pocket at least $15,000.

Entrants: 668
Prize Pool: $6,680,000
Players Paid: 72

1st: $1,600,000
2nd: $1,000,000
3rd: $650,000
4th: $450,000
5th: $335,000
6th: $250,000
7th: $170,000

It wasn't only the Main Event that benefited from the involvement of the APPT, with the high rollers happy to be able to directly buy-in online to the $25,000, $100,000 and $250,000 tournaments here at the 2014 Aussie Millions.

"After helping to double the number in the Aussie Millions $25K Challenge," McDonagh added. "I'm also excited to see how big the $100K and $200K will be!"

Only time will tell, but for now many of the players who will hit the tables of the high roller events are still alive on Day 2 of the Main Event, including players like Scott Seiver, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier and poker legend Erik Seidel.

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour