The third and final flight of the 2017 Aussie Millions is in the books and it drew 322 entrants. Across all flights the event pulled 718 entrants, about a dozen shy of 2016, and 372 players are advancing to Day 2. Tony Mladenovski leads the final wave of players with 187,400 in the bag – good for the overall chip lead.

A number of American pros advanced to Day 2 in the final flight, including; Ben Tollerene, Tony Dunst, Matt Affleck and Nick Petrangelo. Defending champ Ari Engel made it through with Stephen Chidwick, Kristen Bicknell and Sam Greenwood.

Registration remains open until the start of play for Day 2 with the prize pool already at AUD$7.18 million.

Top Ten Chip Counts.
1. Tony Mladenovski – 187,400
2. Jay Tan – 136,300
3. Stefan Jedlicka – 115,200
4. Sam Grafton – 111,400
5. Joel Douaglin – 110,900
6. Scott Davies – 108,200
7. Dominik Nitsche – 99,500
8. Manig Loeser – 98,700
9. Greg Heaver – 89,000
10. Artur Koren – 83,600

Steffen Sontheimer Leads $100K Final Table

The AUD$100,000 Challenge took a deep plunge with 18 entries compared to 41 from 2016. The event still generated and AUD$1.7 million prize pool to cover the top three finishers. Steffen Sontheimer leads the final table stacked with High Roller veterans.

Sontheimer faces a “Murder’s Row” of a final table with Fedor Holz, Nick Petrangelo, Sam Trickett, Mike Watson, David Peters and David Paul Steicke.

The winner earns AUD$882,000, runner-up gets AUD$529,200 and third place min-cashes for AUD$352,800.

Fresh off huge success in the Bahamas, Charlie Carrel and Bryn Kenney both played but were eliminated. Sam Greenwood, Ben Tollerene, Dan Shak and 2016 Super High Roller Bowl winner Rainer Kempe also took to the felt but found the rail by the end of play.

Final Table Chip Counts
1. Steffen Sontheimer – 451,000
2. Fedor Holz – 394,500
3. Nick Petrangelo – 381,000
4. Sam Trickett – 265,000
5. Mike Watson – 146,000
6. David Peters – 96,000
7. David Paul Steicke – 78,500

$50,000 Shot Clock Six Max Added to Schedule

An additional event was added to the 2017 Aussie Millions schedule – an AUD$50,000 No Limit Hold’em Shot Clock Six Max event. It’s scheduled to kickoff Sunday, January 29 at noon local time, with re-entries up until Level 10.

Players have a 30-second shot clock on each street to act on their hand. High Roller events have gradually been adding in shot clocks and seem to be a positive change for most players.

The addition of the event is the third international series to add high roller events to the schedule at the request of players. The final EPT in Prague and the PokerStars Championship Bahamas catered to players requesting big buy-in action.