A new area of the Crown Poker Room is in use for the first time today in a major championships with an additional 12 tables added in a space previously used for casino games near the Poker Pro tables.
These tables will mostly be used for satellites, but for today they are overflow tables for the tournament, enabling the Crown Poker room to now host huge tournament fields with ease.
This area is also currently the home for plenty of notable players including Eric Assadourian, Emad Tahtouh, Tony Hachem, Jonathan Karamalikis, Matthew Pearson, "Toothpick Tony", James Broom, Dave Lee, Mitch Carle, Dean Nyberg and Aleks Brkovic.
However one table in particular caught our attention as it features heavyweights Dan Neilson, Billy Sukkar, Manny Stavropoulos, Chris Chronis and Australia's newest number one online player Ben "CNT_CRUSHER" Delaney.
We've had the first of our many eliminations over the next 18 days of poker action.
It was one of those typical aces versus kings situation. John Apostolidis had the aces, and they held up, sending an unknown opponent to the rail, and making Apostolidis the first player over 20,000 chips today.
Amongst some of the notables in tonight's flight include 2009 ANZPT Adelaide Main Event Champion Karl Krautschneider, Tony Green, Andrew Demetriou, Marc Des Anges, Amanda De Cesare and Melbourne poker icon Antonio Casale.
Michael Mariakis is also in the field and is leaving the bad memories of last year's APPT Cebu Main Event behind (first out on Day 1a), now up to around 20,000 in chips after a big hand on table 32 early on.
Mariakis raised preflop to 300 and found two callers into a flop of . Mariakis then led out for 750 and only one opponent called.
Both players checked the turn of the , but on the river Mariakis' opponent check-called his bet of 3,000, then mucked after Mariakis rolled up for quads!
It's the middle of a glorious Australian summer and the PokerNews crew have headed down under as the 2010 Aussie Millions kicks off from the world-class Crown Poker Room in Melbourne.
It's going to be an action-packed two and a half weeks of poker with 20 championship events and millions of dollars up for grabs.
Our opening event is a $1,100 no-limit holdem event where the talk of the town is the potential of a 1,000-player field, which would be a record for poker tournaments in this region. We are expecting the finest players in the country to be joined by a throng of international visitors to compete for the $1 million prize pool in this event.
Today is the first of three opening flights, with the unique "repechage" format allowing players to rebuy back into the tournament in the third flight.
All the action kicks off at 7:10 p.m. local time which is about 20 minutes from now. Stay tuned to PokerNews for every flop, turn and river, live as it happens from the tournament floor!