It's been another action-packed day here at the Crown Casino in Melbourne and after a 13-hour slog, 381 players have been reduced to just 32.
Though numbers were down from last year, it didn't take away from the spirit of the competition, dominated by a local field providing plenty of entertainment and for a lucky few, they may have hit the rail with little or no loss by taking out a bounty or two!
Congratulations to our first eight players past the post; each receive AUD $2,668 for their efforts:
33rd place: Maryann Farrugia
34th place: Rosmus Vogt
35th place: Chris Chronis
36th place: Michael Tureniec
37th place: Rainer Pfauder
38th place: Jarred Graham
39th place: Jeff Duvall
40th place: James Keys
The remaining 32 players have bagged and tagged and will return tomorrow at 2:00pm AEDST, where they will play a shootout format until two players remain on each table to form the final table.
Be sure to tune in early tomorrow morning for all the action here at PokerNews - for now, we're heading off to the bar. See you there!