Wesmorland, a PokerStars qualifier to this event, turned his 15,000 starting stack into 269,000 by the end of the day, which is more than double his nearest challenger. He even bust a player on the very last hand, waking up with pocket jacks and found someone shipping into him. His stacks toppled off the table as he tried to count them. It was that kind of day.
For the latter stages of the evening, Westmorland was a table-mate of Goindi Abhisek, and the two spoke nervously about each other’s presence. Neither wanted to get coollered late on and lose a chunk of his stack. With Abhishek bagging 109,200 at close, you could see why they were both worried. Abhishek is second overnight.
It was another good day at the Macau felt for Julian Hasse of Germany. He finished with 77,500, having led for long periods. But Nicky Jin, who has making a habit of doing exceptionally well in these parts, burnt out in the last level. He was the defending MPC champion and was leading for a long time today, but perished in the closing stages.
The full counts for the remaining 28 are on the chip-count page. And you can look at how it all progressed today with our Day 1A hand-by-hand coverage. It’s not so much hand-by-hand, in truth, but it gradually stumbles you through proceedings.
If you know Japanese – and who doesn’t – there’s a Japanese version of PokerStars Blog too. Check it out.
Then join us back here tomorrow, at 8.10pm sharp local time, for Day 1B.
Until then, goodnight. Or morning. Good morning really. It’s nearly 5am!