Staff at the PokerStars Macau poker room nickname Day 1A of any major tournament the “Day of Slay”. They admit that there’s no real reason for the nickname, beyond the fact that it kind of fits. And I’m here to assure them that they’ve got the right title: when you wrap a first flight of any tournament with only 28 players remaining, “Day of Slay” seems wholly appropriate.

That’s the size of it at the end of Day 1A of the Macau Cup: Red Dragon Main Event. We started with 110 players, got through ten-and-a-half levels, and slay all but four tables of them. Actually, it wasn’t so much us that slay them, but the other remaining players, of whom Jordan Westmorland did by far the most damage.

Westmorland now resides in Thailand, but there are a few a certain unmistakable Americanisms about him, not least the baseball cap, basketball jersey, diamond earrings and distinctive accent. This boy can also play poker, America’s game, and his march to the top of the leader board was as cool and collected as they come.

“It’s disgusting,” Westmorland said. “I ran hotter than the sun today.”


Jordan Westmorland. Unstoppable on day 1A

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.


Goindi Abhishek, runner up once, runner up at day 1a end

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.


Julian Hasse

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!


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