PCA 2015: Team Pro Online Alex Millar travelling well at end of Day 1A

It always feels like a long wait from the start of the PCA festival to the first day of the Main Event. But today the waiting finally came to an end.

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In reality the Super High Rollers are a pretty good warm-up act, as winner Steve O'Dwyer demonstrated a short while ago today. But this afternoon it was time for the regulars, the pros, the grinders, the amateurs, the first timers, and the old timers, to take their seat in a bid to reach poker immortality. And so they came.

Day 1A has its idiosyncrasies, the field today made up of just a fraction of what's expected tomorrow. For that we can blame the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, which was vastly over-subscribed, and played on towards the final table today (read full coverage here). That drew players away from the Main, all ready to go deep or bust today, and saving the consequences of that for Day 1B.

Of the 220 that opted to play today Team Online's Alex Millar profited most, which as we reported in the early stages of the day, might have seemed unlikely even to him.

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Millar, or "Kanu7" online, freely admits to preferring the comforts of home to to life on the road, but may well convince himself to travel more often after today. The man from Bristol, UK, proved not necessarily any critics wrong exactly, but perhaps himself, bagging up 169,000 tonight, good for the chip lead.

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Among the closest to Millar tonight were Dani Stern who closed on 145,200, and Owen Crowe with 121,000. The full list of notable Day 2 returnees is as follows.

Alex Millar -- 169,000
Dani Stern -- 145,200
Owen Crowe -- 121,000
Andrew Whittaker -- 108,700
Naoya Kihara -- 108,100
Scott Seiver -- 108,100
Chris Moneymaker -- 97,200
Leo Margets -- 77,500
Ole Schemion -- 74,300
Roy Bhasin -- 64,100

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Ronaldo -- 43,300
Dominik Panka -- 42,200
Marc-Andre Ladouceur -- 43,000
Daniel Colman -- 40,500
Vanessa Selbst -- 39,300
George Danzer -- 37,500
Dominic Nitsche -- 37,500
Isaac Haxton -- 26,500
Fatima Moreira de Melo -- 26,100

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For full chip counts, as well as a recap on the hand for hand action on the day, check out the day's coverage here.

The player lounge came into its own today. While members of Team Online gave their money away. Meanwhile people were asked to pick a square for some football related contest. Thankfully someone from America was on hand to explain what that meant.

George Danzer talked about "living the dream in 2014" , and considered whether it would become "routine in 2015".

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All while Isaac Haxton, one of several super high rollers stepping across into the Main Event today, made it clear it was not the equivalent of having your show cancelled at the Hollywood Bowl.

And do you know the rules to Hold Me Darling? Barry Greenstein explained during the Evolution in Poker session held in Atlantis today.

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We return at noon tomorrow with Day 1B of the Main Event. It will include everyone who didn't play today, didn't play the LAPT today, and didn't play a Super High Roller final today. Plus everyone else we might have missed.

It should be a good one. We'll see you then.

Follow all the action from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at PokerStars Blog. Head to the Super High Roller page to recap on how Steve O'Dwyer won more than $1.8 million today. The Final Table of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, coverage of which is ongoing here, features tomorrow on EPT Live.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.