I got paid off on a couple big hands, and picked up some chips at the end of the day by raising and re-raising a lot of pots on the artificial bubble.
Although we were far from the money at the end of the first day of play, many inexperienced players, as is their wont, tightened up considerably because they didn't want to play all day and go broke.
Others simply wanted to be able to say they made it through the first day, regardless of their stack.
However, there is no reward for making it through Day 1 since "the money" is usually not reached until the third day of major events. It's important to identify and exploit players who are afraid of going broke before the day ends when you have the stack to do so.
I ended the day with a stack of nearly $70k, with blinds of $400/$800 to start Day 2. I was far ahead of the average stack of $45k, and had a pretty good table draw for the second consecutive day. The only names I recognized were those of two solid online players, StuMan123 and MattG1983.
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