Day 1 Flight 3 of Event #1 $1,150 No-Limit Hold'em drew a total of 371 players to the Crown Entertainment Complex Friday.
The biggest of the three flights so far, Flight 3 brought the total entries up to 703, and put the event close to meeting its $1 million prize pool guarantee with one flight still to play Saturday afternoon.
Recently retired Australian Rules Football legend and Australian Of The Year recipient Adam Goodes joined in the action Friday, but could not make it through the flight. Australian Poker Hall of Fame members Gary Benson and Van Marcus also bought in, but failed to survive.
2015 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion Manny Stavropoulos took to the felt for this third flight as well, but joined the others on the rail before the flight was over.
Once twelve 40-minute levels were through it appeared 58 players remained with Michael Seymour leading. The Aussie has a number of tournament cashes on his resume from the Sydney area, including a win in the 2015 ANZPT Sydney $1,000 No Limit Holdem - Six Max event this past March.
This group and the 52 through from the first two flights will fight for a seat at the nine-handed final beginning at 12:15 p.m. local time Sunday, with survivors from Saturday's final starting flight also joining them.
As a repechage event, players eliminated from previous flights may also re-enter in the remaining flight.
The 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship continues Saturday with the fourth and final starting flight for Event #1beginning at 12:10 p.m. local time and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to follow all the action.