Players are starting the day with 200 big blinds in their stacks. Thus we were dumbstruck to see a player at Tony Dunst's table move all in before the flop! There was a raise to 1,200 from one other player (presumably a re-raise); the first player then moved all in. When he wasn't called he showed down ace-king.
For his part, Dunst seemed bemused and confused by the player's action.
At most poker tournaments, the last of the Day 1 flights tends to produce the largest field with the most notable players. Today's tournament is no exception. With approximately 175 runners in the field as of now, we've already spotted some giants of poker: Lee Nelson, J.C. Tran, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Terrence Chan, David Chiu, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Joe Hachem. And that's just a sampling of the biggest names. Check out the chip counts page for who else we've spotted.
Day 1a of the 2009 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event drew 119 players on Wednesday. 125 came out for Day 1b yesterday. How many will be in the final Day 1 field today?
The early scuttlebutt is that 160 were registered 30 minutes before play was set to begin. Undoubtedly that number will increase with some last minute registrations. 500 total players seems unattainable at this point, but 450 would still be considered a rousing success.
Today's opening mask-changing ceremony will be more elaborate than the previous two days, as a large assemblage of Chinese media have been invited to cover it. We're not sure what time cards will be in the air. We can only say that it will probably some time between 12:15 and 12:30.
Whenever it is that play commences, PokerNews will be on site to bring you the action.