2014 Macau Millions: The flood
"That's the largest line I've seen at PokerStars LIVE," APPT President Danny McDonagh announced over the microphone.
The line extends far beyond the boundaries of the PokerStars LIVE room, past the restaurant and is almost touching the baccarat tables. Before play even started, there were already 300 players signed up for Day 1E.
It's safe to say that 1E will break the 335 mark and become the largest Macau Millions starting flight.
The sheer number of players was a bit unexpected. Tournament staff was expecting to make it past the 300 mark, but now 400 seems more likely. This caused some tournament tweaking. Five minutes have been added to levels one and two and the McDonagh announced that play would pause on Level 3 until everyone in the line has been seated.
It's also been announced that registration will open 30 minutes earlier tomorrow, at 5:30 p.m. Tomorrow is scheduled to be the largest day and since the poker room can't grow overnight, registration will have to start a bit earlier.
This also puts the tournament on the fast track to beating another record. Tournament staff were hoping to surpass 1,329 entrants and make the 2014 Macau Millions the largest tournament ever held in Asia.
With 350 entrants in Day 1E already -- and late registration and re-entries available for another 90 minutes -- the number of entrants is already at 1,115. That means that if some crazy bird flu typhoon disperses the registration line and everyone in Day 1E refuses to re-buy, the tournament would only need 215 entries on Day 1F to beat the record.
So the question is no longer "if" this tournament will beat the record, it's by "how much." Since we've already broken the 1,000-entry mark, we've also crossed the HKD $2,000,000 guarantee.
We knew it was going to be a big one, but no one knew how big.
Despite the extra minutes and clock pauses, everything remains the same. We'll play down to 7 percent of the field, no matter how long that takes. At 350 players, that's 25 survivors. At 400 the number of survivors jumps to 28.
Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.