The Aussie Millions is underway, with many players coming up winners in the preliminary events – including sanghoki Alex Luck. The perennial popularity of poker has even attracted the glitz of Hollywood, with a number of stars touching down in Australia to get ready for the main event.

Shannon Elizabeth of American Pie fame has been known to move around the tournament circuit, and she has already hit the tables at the Crown Casino, Melbourne. Cashing in several events around the world so far, Elizabeth will definitely be a threat at the tables on monday.

Also spotted in Melbourne was Phil Laak and his partner, actress Jennifer Tilly, also a poker player. Is poker more popular than Hollywood? Laak has been recognized by fans faster than Tilly!

Finally, tennis star Andy Roddick is also down under for a chance to play at the tables when away from the courts at the Australian Open Championships. CarbonPoker team will also be at the Aussie Millions, so we’ll try and have some happy snaps of all the biggest names, including our own online qualifiers!

First chips fly, our players profit

The first few hands have been dealt, and miw420 is already up to 25,000. An opponent in early position raised and miw420 made it 1200 to go. One played called, and the flop came down 6 9 3 rainbow. miw420 bet out 2000 and was met with a fold. A nice pot for the first hand of the day!

lennie10 is also up to 23,000 chips early, and bartyuk is up to 22,000. pelicancruse has lost 500, but this certainly isn’t a cause for concern so early in the day.

Great start to the day, while Lee Nelson and Kenny Ng are up to 30,000 and 32,000 chips respectively.

More to come.

Our players hit the tables at Aussie Millions

The third Day 1 flight is beginning at the Aussie Millions, and our team has sat down with some huge names in poker. Featured today is 2006 Aussie Millions Champion Lee Nelson, WSOPE Champion Annette Obrestad, Chip Jett, Mike Matusow, Brad Booth, Kenna James and Australian cricket legend Shane Warne.

Leading the chip count from the first two days is none other than Andrew Black (who finished in third place last year) and Phil Ivey, each with over 160,000 chips. Gus Hansen and Jimmy Fricke were eliminated from the tournament during the first two days.

Each player starts with 20,00 chips, so we’ll keep you updated on the progress of our players throughout the day.

It begins…

The Main Event of the 2008 Aussie Millions has now begun! We’re on hand during the tournament to provide updates on the progress of our players, along with any notable hands played and professionals sighted!

Defending 2007 champion Gus Hansen, along with runner-up Jimmy Fricke, will be hitting the tables once more. Fricke has already won Event 3 – Limit Stud/Stud Hi-Lo/Razz, for a payday of $14,784. Other pros making appearances will be 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Mike Matusow and Erick Lindgren.