2014 Macau Millions: Final flight
It's Friday the 1F.
That's right, we've reached the sixth and final Day 1 of the 2014 Macau Millions. For the past week, thousands of players came to take a shot -- sometimes two a day -- at making the final seven percent of the field.
Players were allowed to participate every Day 1 in their seven percent quest, even those who'd already made it. Making it to Day 2 guaranteed a minimum of HKD $8,000. If they made it through another Day 1, they'd get a bonus HKD $11,000.
So far, only three players made it through two Day 1s: Alexandre Chieng, Jack Lee and Percy Yung.
Aside from them, there are 81 more players in Day 2.
Tai Tan, who amassed an astonishing 364,500 chips on Day 1B, still leads the survivors. Team PokerStars Vivian Im is also near the top of the leaderboard and comes in fourth with 294,000.
Those standings can shift today though as several more players will qualify.
A large chunk of those players, 32, qualified yesterday, when the tournament saw a record-breaking 457 entrants. Today's expected to be bigger. Actually, it's expected to become the biggest.
The tournament already has 1,219 entries and something magical will happen when it crosses 1,329. It will go down in history as the largest poker tournament held in Asia.
We'll know by how much that record has been broken after late registration closes today. Then we'll start culling the field one last time and the Groundhog Day-like tournament will go into the new phase.
We'll start getting closer to a champion.
Play is scheduled to start soon so stay tuned for updates from Day 1F here at the 2014 Macau Millions.
Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.