Aussie Millions Main Event completes Day 1 flights. A German pro joins partypoker. Check out these stories and more in the Tuesday Hit and Run.

Aussie Millions Main Event Draws 787 Players

The 2018 Aussie Millions Event has set an attendance record with 787 players over three Day 1 flights, beating the previous record of 781 players set back in 2008.

A total of 389 players remain at the end of the Day 1 flights with a break in the action on Tuesday. The Main Event will resume at 2:15 AEST time on Wednesday. Frank Pezzaniti holds the chip lead going into the day with Benny Glaser, Matt Affleck,

Despite the huge number of players joining the Main Event, only four players entered the $50,000 Aussie Millions Challenge with Sam Greenwood taking down the event for A$116,400. Despite winning the tournament, Greenwood was not happy afterward saying that a group of German high stakes pros have begun acting like “vultures” and only participating in the event if “bad” players join the tournament.

Steffen Sontheimer was among the poker pros criticizing Greenwood’s remarks:

Quick Hitters

– partypoker has added yet another sponsored pro to its lineup with an announcement that Philipp Grissem has joined the poker room. Grissem joins a list of recent new partypoker pros that include Isaac Haxton, Fedor Holz and Jason Koon. The Germany native has earned over $11 million in live tournament cashes over the last ten years.

– Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino both want to offer online casinos to New Jersey players before the summer.

– At the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Day 2 began with 548 players remaining from an original 1,023 entries. An additional 221 players entered on Day 2 which puts the total field at 1244 with $3.9 million in the prize pool. This event will run through February 2nd.

– Over the last few years, the amount of people who have declared that poker is dying has increased. US Poker’s Steve Ruddock writes that the game is not dying but that it’s just different than it used to be.

– A lot has been made recently about some top poker pros and their sponsorship deals with online poker rooms. Parker Talbot, an 888poker ambassador, discusses with Joey Ingram with a variety of topics including how much these sponsored pros make (hint: between $40k to $300k).

– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day continues the “Drowning on the River” series. In this episode, Carroters reviews a $50NL hand history.