With just 61 of them dropping down the $150,000 HKD buy-in, the online site failed to collect enough cash to cover the $10 million HKD prize pool guarantee.
But with more than 12,000 rake-paying cash-game players on PokerStars the last time we checked the numbers on the PL.com MarketPulse page, we figure they can afford the overlay.
A buy-in this big should attract some of the game's best and brightest to Macau, and the roster of names at the start of play definitely did not disappoint.
Team PokerStars itself was represented by none other than Joe Hachem, Barry Greenstein, Hevad Khan, Lee Nelson, Isabelle Mercier and Bertrand Grospellier.
Plus, this being Asia, a few of the best Asian-American players on the planet also made the trip to China for the tournament, including the red-hot John Phan, J.C. Tran, Nam Le, John Juanda, Steve Sung, Johnny Chan and David Chiu.
But this day did not belong to any of the marquee names listed above. Instead, it was owned by a man who seems to be turning the Macau poker scene into his own personal ATM.
Two days after bubbling the final table of the APPT Macau Main Event, Hong Kong's David Steicke, who happened to finish third in the High Roller event here in the APPT's first season, tore through the tough field like they weren't much more than dead money.
He started out the day making a sick call with just pocket sevens on a king-high board to pick off one whale's bluff, then managed to rip apart another finalist from Season 1, sending Liz Lieu home without any of that Macau money.
Lee Nelson was visibly moved by Steicke's call with the sevens and could only shake his head in amazement when he was added to the long list of victims as Steicke turned a set of jacks to crack his top-top.
Steicke broke the $100k mark when he somehow managed to convince Barry Greenstein to bluff off more than half his stack and cruised to $158,400 in chips and a huge lead by the time play wrapped just before 10 p.m.
Other than Steicke, EPT Dortmund champ Mike "Timex" McDonald also had a big day, pushing up close to $100k in a massive hand when his pocket rockets shot Dan Schreiber down and crippled Matt "Choppy" Kay. He ended the day on $95,400, good for second in chips right now.
In total, just 30 players survived the day and although Steicke leads them all, no one is ready to hand him the $3.7 million HKD first place prize just yet.
In fact, last season's High Roller champ, Aussie Eric Assadourian, got within shouting distance late in the day when he flopped broadway on Andrew Robl.
Assadourian got paid off to the tune of an $80k pot when the Ship It Holla Balla turned a king-high straight of his own, and he'll head into Day 2 third in chips with a little over $90k and all the confidence that comes with having done this before.
Experienced pros like Johnny Chan, Nam Le and Danny Wong also have chips and know how to use them, which should make tomorrow's run to the final nine even more interesting.
Last night's main event eighth-place finisher, Javed Abrahams, is also in the top 10 in chips.
As always, PL.com will be on hand for it all, having spent enough time at saunas around Macau to realize this is where the real action is - at least the kind of action that won't cause a nasty rash.