Chanoh Jun takes Day 1B chip lead at PokerStars Macau Millions
by Fred Leung
The second of five Day 1s of the PokerStars Macau Millions saw 119 players in the field to bring the two-day total to 231. Nine players from Day 1B made it to the Day 2 Final on Sunday.
The Day 1B chip leader is Chanoh Jun, from Korea, with 254,500. Chanoh more than doubled up through then chip leader Pichai Lim when Pichai tried an all-in bluff while only holding J-8. It was bad timing as Chanoh made the easy call with pocket kings. The kings held and gave Chanoh the chip lead which he never relinquished for the remainder of the day.
Marilyn Yum, from Korea, became the first female player to make it to Day 2 of the Macau Millions. The PokerStars Macau regular had great local support throughout the day, but will have some work to do as she is relatively short stacked at 39,500 chips.
Day 1C, D and E is expected to see a bigger jump in field sizes. The current total is already ahead of what organizers predicted would be required to break the current field size record of 679 players in a Asia-based poker tournament.
What makes this tournament unique is that if a player busts on their Day 1, they can buy-in again and have a crack at a later Day 1! For more info on the Macau Millions, click here.
PokerStars Macau Marketing Manager Fred Leung said: "Day 1B was the one potential heat to come up short since it's after the opening day but before the weekend. 1B being a bigger field than 1A is a good sign heading into Friday."
1. Chanoh Jun, Korea, 254,500
2. Jun Wei Liu, China, 204,500
3. Ales Leung, Hong Kong, 181,000
4. Vic Catalan, Philippines, 162,000
5. Jin Hua Li, China, 139,000
6. Markus Garberg, Norway, 106,500
7. Jimmy Tanto, Hong Kong, 53,500
8. 'Marilyn' Hyun Joo Yum, Korea, 39,500
9. Harold Tsakmaklis, Macau, 29,500