2014 Macau Millions: Day 1B begins
The PokerStars LIVE room took a short break.
A little less than 12 hours ago, the final 10 players from Day 1A bagged their chips and called it a day. Now a fresh new batch of players -- along with some of yesterday's bustees -- are filling the room.
The format is different from most tournaments, but identical to yesterday's. A HKD $2,200 buy-in gets you a stack of 10,000 chips. If you bust, you're allowed one rebuy.
If you lose that one, then you're out. Just for the day though. Players can enter every Day 1 their wallet allows. Even those who move on to Day 2 can keep the party going.
Yesterday's 10 survivors can play again today and if they make it to Day 2 again, they'll get an HKD $11,000 bonus well as having their largest stack advance to Day 2.
It's not easy an easy feat though. The tournament is deadly and last time it was held, less than 5 players qualified twice.
Levels are 25-minutes long and only the top 7 percent of the field advances to Day 2. Yesterday saw 134 entrants and we got down to our final 10 players after 16 levels of play.
Norwegian duo Mikal Blomlie (233,000) and Orjan Skommo (206,500) top those survivors while reigning APPT Macau champion, Alex Chieng (93,000), and 2013 ANZPT POY, Iori Yogo (40,000), also managed to survive the slaughter.
There are currently 100 entries but there are still two hours of late registration and re-entries. Tournament staff is expecting several late entries since today's 3 p.m. start time is fairly early compared to the 7 p.m. start times most Day 1s have.
Cards are in the air and Day 1B of the 2014 Macau Millions is underway.
Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.