Another 119 players will be joining the 87 survivors from Day 1A to continue their quest for the title today. Tournament organizers were keeping their fingers crossed for the field to reach 500 players, but those expectations did not materialize, albeit only by six players.
With 282 registrations yesterday, the final field amounted to 494 players, creating a prize pool of HK $11,021,140 (around $1,420,000). As registration was officially closed after Level 4 yesterday, it was also announced that 60 players will be making money, with HK $2,776,000 ($320,000) reserved for first place.
Although we often see the chip leader of Day 1B emerge as the overall chip leader for the start of Day 2, this time it was not the case. Peter Chan bagged 141,000 when all was said and done and that was well behind Bo Xie, who finished Day 1A with 166,000. In fact, Chan’s finish yesterday will only secure him fifth chip position to start the day. But it is still relatively early in the tournament so the only really important thing is having a playable stack. Chan, who has about $600,000 in tournament cashes, has yet to make a significant single score so he will certainly be looking to make something happen in Macau.
Some of the others who made it through yesterday include PokerStars Team Pros Raymond Wu and Celina Lin, although neither of them will be starting with a remarkable chip count. Also alive and kicking are Shivan Abdine, Wei Chen, Victor Chong and Alex Lee, to mention just a few.
Yesterday was, of course, not kind to all participants, as more than half of them had to bid farewell to their Main Event hopes. Some of the busted players now watching from the rail include former Asia Player of the Year Shaq Lin, 2012 Aussie Millions runner-up Kenny Wong, and WSOP bracelet winner Aaron Lim.
Survivors of both first days are playing together today, all 206 of them, closing in on the money and, eventually, the final table. The bubble, in all likelihood, will not be bursting today, so those who make it through will have to sweat some more tomorrow before they can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they won’t be going home with their pockets empty.
With cashing still quite far away, short stacks will be taking their chances to try and double up, while big stacks will be taking them on to try and further their distance from the crowd. It will be an exciting day of poker in Macau for sure, for both players and their friends and supporters who are sharing in on their dreams of fame and money!