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Macau Millions on Record Setting Pace
Day 1b of the Macau Millions went off Thursday, keeping the tournament on pace to break the field-size record for an Asia-based event.
Hosted by PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa, the second of five Day 1s in this uniquely structured event drew 119 players, bring the two-day total to 231.
A total of nine players from Day 1b made it through to Sunday's final, joining eight from Day 1a.
Running Aug. 4-8, the Macau Millions has five different starting flights with plans to play down to just 7% of the field remaining in each.
Those still in head into a Day 2 final on Sunday already in the money and those eliminated can re-enter on another starting flight.
With its HKD $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, organizers are expecting the Macau Millions will set a new field size record for an Asia-based tournament. The previous record is 679 players.
Leading the field after Day 1b is Korea's Chanoh Jun with 254,500 in chips.
In the meantime, fellow Korean Marilyn Yum became the first female player to push through to Sunday's final.
The current field size is already ahead of projections and organizers believe the next three starting days will be even bigger.
"Day 1b was the one potential heat to come up short since it's after the opening day, but before the weekend," said PokerStars Macau Marketing Manager Fred Leung. "1b being a bigger field than 1a is a good sign heading into Friday."
Day 1c begins on Friday at 2:10 p.m. local time and Day 1d begins later that evening at 7:10 p.m.