Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang leads Macau Millions 1A
by Fred Leung
The first of five Day 1s of the PokerStars Macau Millions saw 112 players participating in what organizers expect will be a new record for player field size in an Asia-based poker tournament. The current record is 679.
The Day 1A chip leader is Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang from Singapore with 226,000 chips. His aggressive play allowed him to dominate the second half of the day and safely head into Day 2 with an impressive stack. Only eight players from Day 1A made it through to Sunday's final.
Huang is currently ranked second on the Asia Player of the Year Leaderboard and has recently made back-to-back final tables in major live events. He was the runner up in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon event and followed that up with a 9th place finish at ANZPT Queenstown. While he is pleased with his results he's surely hungry to finally sit in the winner's circle.
The Macau Millions runs from August 4-8 and has a HKD $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool with a buy-in of only HKD $2,200. The tournament has an interesting format where each Day 1 plays down to 7% of the field size. Remaining players going into the Day 2 Final on Sunday are guaranteed to be in the money.
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Eliminated players from Day 1A will have the option of re-entering the tournament in this unique format. Huang supported the format, adding: "I know a lot of people who get excited to play a PokerStars tournament in Macau and leave disappointed after busting in Day 1.
"The Macau Millions is a fun change of pace and gives players another chance."
Notables expected in Day 1B include Team PokerStars Pros Raymond Wu and Celina Lin; Macau Poker Cup Championship winner Devan Tang from Hong Kong and Red Dragon Champion Victor Chen from Taipei.
Through to Day 2 Final:
1. Bryan Huang, Singapore, Team PokerStars Pro, 226,000
2. Bo Yang, China, 210,000
3. Jonathan Azoulay, France, 193,000
4. Wai Hong Wong, Malaysia, 138,500
5. Un Man Ao Ieong, Macau, 133,000
6, Jason Coe, USA, 106,000
7. Hiu Yin Cheuk, Hong Kong, 76,500
8. Qifeng Liang, China, 37,000