The action has been non-stop for almost a month at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia as the 2010 Aussie Millions is in full swing.  The preliminary events saw a number of familiar faces taking down big prizes including Erik Seidel, Mike “SirWatts” Watson and Dan Shak, who defeated Phil Ivey heads-up to take down the AUD$100,000 buy-in High Rollers Event.  Though Ivey finished in second place, the payout was enough to push him past Daniel Negreanu on the all-time money earners list with $12,799,787 in lifetime earnings compared to Negreanu’s $12,483,065.
Online whiz kid Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad also took down one of the preliminary events and she could make it two victories down under, as she is one of the eight players at the final table of the AUD$10,5000 buy-in Aussie Millions Main Event.  Joining Obrestad is fellow Betfair sponsored player Sorel “Imper1um” Mizzi, Peter Jetten, as well as two online qualifiers who won their way into the event via Party Poker.  Frederik Jensen and Tyron Krost were two of the 27 players who won their seat in the Main Event via Party Poker satellites and they are also two of the players still in contention for the top prize of AUD$2,000,000.
Both players’ friends and family came into Melbourne to cheer the duo on at the final table.  According to Party Poker’s official blog, Jensen’s mother, Anne Marie made the trip from their home country of Denmark with him for the event and has been cheering him on since Day 1.  Krost’s friends, on the other hand, took a flight in from his hometown of Sydney to cheer him on at the final table.
A grand total of 746 players turned out for this year’s Main Event, up from last year’s field of 681 players.  A number of big names took part in the event, like Gus Hansen, James Akenhead, Barry Greenstein, Howard Lederer, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Jeffrey Lisandro.  Also in attendance was newly signed Team Party Poker Pro Tony G, who made his entrance in grand style atop his infamous bicycle and with a special concierge in tow to answer his every beck and call.
The bicycle got plenty of attention at the final table of the High Rollers event where Tony G finished in 5th place.  The outspoken Australian pro chased Lederer around the televised table area on the bike after Lederer busted and tried to get Dwan to hop on and take a ride too when the young internet pro made his exit from the event.  While the Full Tilt pros didn’t seem to enjoy the bike nearly as much as Tony G, the audience watching the event certainly seemed to get a kick out of Tony G’s new toy.  This won’t be the last they see of the bike apparently, as Tony G’s latest blog for Party Poker assured he would bring the bike with him to Las Vegas for the upcoming Party Poker Premier League IV event next month.
In the meantime, the poker world’s attention is focused on the final table taking place in Melbourne.  Mizzi holds a massive chip lead over the other seven players with over 6 million chips.  Krost and Jensen are second and third on the chip counts with 1.87 million and 1.75 million chips respectively.  Jetten is hot on their heels with 1.7 million chips and Obrestad rounds out the top five with 1.35 million chips to her credit.

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