2014 Macau Millions: 10 survive Day 1A, Blomlie leads
We have our final 10 players.
After 16 levels of play and 134 entries, the field was whittled down to just 10 players, 7 percent of the field. Leading those lucky 7 percent is Mikal Blomlie, who finished the day with 233,000.
The complete, excruciatingly-long list of survivors and chip counts are:
1. Mikal Blomlie (Norway) - 233,000
2. Orjan Skommo (Norway) - 206,500
3. Hung Chi Lin (Chinese Taipei) - 170,000
4. Martin Cibulka (Czech Republic) - 150,500
5. Fat Cheong Wong (Hong Kong) - 102,500
6. Jay Vaswani (Canada) - 98,000
7. Alex Chieng (China) - 93,000
8. Chyuan Seng Wee (Malaysia) - 60,500
9. Bin Li (China) - 56,000
10. Iori Yogo (Japan) - 40,000
It's hard for play to go faster than it did today. The only slowdown we had was when we got down to our final two tables and shortstacks couldn't lose an all-in. Alex Chieng, Iori Yogo and Percy Yung were part of that crowd, doubling up multiple times during the final two tables.
But while Chieng and Yogo made it through the day, Yung's luck ran out. Yung bubbled the top 7 percent after going all-in with 6♦6♣ to Blomlie's [10d]9♦.
Blomlie hit a 10 on the window and the day came to an end.
Most players didn't make it close to the top 7 percent, a some barely made it, but a few thrived. Aside from Blomlie, Orjan Skommo took a large chip lead with several tables to go and managed to stay strong till the end. During that time, Skommo traded the lead with Jay Vaswani, but Vaswani ended up finishing the day slightly below average.
Mikal Blomlie on the other hand, bloomed towards the end. He won a massive three-way all-in and then never looked back.
But these ten are the minority, extreme minority. We lost 93 percent of the field today, including Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin, Raiden Kan, Jae Kyung "Simba" Sim and 2011 Macau Millions Champion, Shaq Lin.
None of these players are out of the running though. Everyone will get a chance to play again tomorrow, or the day after that. There are still five Day 1s to go and every player -- including those who cashed -- have the chance to play them.
Those who did cash today have a little extra incentive too. Any player who survives multiple Day 1s will get HKD $11,000 in cold hard cash in addition to advancing to Day 2 with their largest stack.
So join us tomorrow as we have another action-packed poker slaughterfest here at PokerStars LIVE Macau.
Action starts at 3 p.m. UTC+8:00. That's 7 a.m. for you Londoners, 2 a.m. for New Yorkers, 6 p.m. for Melbourners and 3 p.m. for us in the Macanese time zone.
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