APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 2: International cash growth
You know the team at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and Crown Poker must have high standards if they feel any sort of disappointment at hosting a world-class $10,600 buy-in tournament with 648 total entrants.
But it's that sort of attitude that has ensured the Aussie Millions has stayed the best tournament in the southern hemisphere for more than a decade.
It's not all disappointment, however.
"There is certainly a little disappointment, but there a couple of really good aspects to take out from the field and growth from other regions," APPT President Danny McDonagh told us.
"The international numbers are actually up quite significantly and a big proportion of it is from Asia, specifically China, Singapore, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and India."
McDonagh also went on to tell us that most international markets were similar to last year - the USA, the UK etc - and that it was in fact the local market that was down.
"Aussies numbers were actually down 41 total and I think the WSOP Asia Pacific at this buy-in level at such close proximity played a role in that."
"And we would have liked personally to have matched our qualifiers from last year as we are down just a little bit."
"But in the grand scheme of things, it's still a big, big event and it's still something the APPT is very happy to be associated with."
In addition to knowing the official entrants, we also have the prize pool info.
How's $6,480,000 sound?
It's the top 72 players who will share in that money, with the min-cash worth $15,000. The payouts then increase steadily until the big six-figure sums start at the final nine.
Most importantly, the eventual champion will be taking home a very large $1.6 million.
The runner-up, meanwhile, will also be a millionaire, pocketing exactly $1 million.
The full payout information can be found in the live reports section of the APPT9 Aussie Millions page.
In the meantime, the cash shouldn't be too distracting for the players here on Day 2 as the money bubble likely wont burst until sometime late on Day 3.