2014 Macau Millions: Huang survives again, Tan leads overall
No more starting flights.
After six Day 1s, a record-breaking field of 1,804 entrants was reduced to just 121. Those survivors will be disproportionately splitting the HKD $3,499,760 prize pool tomorrow as we play down to a final table.
A large portion of the prize pool and players came in today. Day 1F was the largest starting flight in PokerStars LIVE history. There were a total 582 entrants and tournament staff even stopped the clock in order to seat all the alternates. Now, after 15 levels of play, only 41 of those players remain.
Leading the Day 1F bunch is Tian Hao, who finished the day with 331,500. While Hao topped the largest flight in Macau Millions history, he still wasn't able to surpass Tai Tan's Day 1B chip lead of 364,500.
Tan now officially leads Day 2 while Hao comes in third. Terry Fan is second with 346,500.
Aside from having the largest number of entrants, Day 1F also had the most repeat qualifiers. Four players survived their second Day 1 today, including Ka Cheong Wong, Yang Shen, Huaqing Luo and Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang.
Huang finished Day 1F with exactly double the amount of chips he finished Day 1E with. Huang survived yesterday with 94,000 and bagged up 188,000 today.
This brings the number of double survivors up to seven. They all won a bonus HKD $11,000 in addition to their guaranteed mincash of HKD $8,000.
Still no hat trick though. Alexandre Chieng qualified twice and signed up again for Day 1F but fell near the middle of the day.
The number of Day 2 players now stands at 121 and Team PokerStars accounts for two of those. Aside from Bryan Huang, Vivian Im survived the onslaught on Day 1D and will start Day 2 fifth in chips with 294,000.
Im and the rest of the survivors will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. to play down to a final table.
The clock will be turned back to level 15 with 4,000/8,000 blinds and a 1,000 ante. The levels will also last 30 minutes instead of 25.
So stay tuned as we see the list of potential Macau Millions champions dwindle from 121 to 10.
In the meantime, check out tomorrow's seat draw below:
Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.