2014 Macau Millions: Making history
It's not easy setting records, but PokerStars LIVE Macau is good at it.
Three years ago, PokerStars LIVE Macau hosted the largest tournament ever held in Asia. The 2011 Macau Millions drew 1,329 entrants over the course of seven Day 1s. Now they're looking to break that record.
The 2011 Macau Millions drew an average of 190 players a day, far above the 148 from the previous year. The largest day -- as is common in these poker festivities -- was the last one.
Day 1G drew 270 players, the largest Macau Millions flight to date. There won't be any Day 1G this time around though. The 2014 Macau Millions has six Day 1s, compared to the seven starting days in 2011.
While this year's tournament already has more players than 2011 did by this point, they have on less day to break the record.
This means that in order to beat the record, the three remaining flights have to average at least 300 players each. To date, no Macau Millions flight has ever exceeded that mark, but PokerStars LIVE Macau wants to do it three times in a row.
It's ambitious, but staff at PokerStars LIVE are confident. A lot has changed since 2011, poker has expanded and so has PokerStars LIVE Macau. In 2011, the room was in the Grand Lisboa, now they've set up home in the larger, brighter and pleasantly-named City of Dreams casino. Since then, fields and prize pools kept growing and even the mighty Red Dragon tournament has come close to to breaking the 1,000 player mark, topping out at 995 players.
So yeah, there's a pretty good chance we'll see history made again this tournament.
The 2014 Macau Millions already drew 430 players and hundreds more are expected to flock to the event in the upcoming week.
Top-name pros like Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin, reigning Macau Millions champion, Shaq Lin, 2013 Asia Player of the Year, Jian Yang, Jae Kyung "Simba" Sim, Gustavo Cavaliere, Lacey Jones and Alex Chieng have all made an appearance and more are expected.
But out of those hundreds and hundreds of players, only 7 percent will make it through to Day 2. While they'll all cash for a minimum of HKD $8,000, only one player can take home the trophy.
Last time it was Shaq Lin. Now it's anyone's game.