The third and final day of the A$1,150 Opening Event of the 2016 Aussie Million Poker Championship gets underway in half an hour from now at 12.30 p.m. local time in the poker room of the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. The biggest casino in the southern hemisphere saw a stunning field of 1,320 entries throughout four starting flights and yesterday's second tournament day reduced the hopefuls to only 17.
Leading the field is Canadian poker pro Sean Giesbrecht with 1,690,000 followed by American Jacob Elmore Dahl with 1,449,000. Aditya Rao completes the overnight podium with a stack of 1,398,000 and another two players crossed one million in chips: Louis Salter (1,300,000) and Day 2 chip leader Ferenc Riech (1,001,000).
The remaining field mostly consists of players from Australia such as Kevin Blackwood (935,000), Matthew Wakeman (706,000), Alexandre Thomas (521,000) and Daniel Neilson (298,000). Tatjana Zizic (271,000) is the last woman remaining and starts under immediate pressure with returning blinds of 15,000-30,000 and a running ante of 5,000 for level 23.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand until a winner is crowned, all remaining contenders are guaranteed at least A$10,145 for their efforts whereas all eyes are set on the first-place payout of A$275,300 and the LK Boutique winner ring.