As play ends on the first day of the PokerStars Championship Macau Super High Roller, there are things we're pretty clear on, and other things of which we have, well, no clue.
Here's what we don't know.
Who will win is still anybody's guess, with a field of the very best in the game competing. Neither do we know how big the field will be until registration closes at the start of play tomorrow. It won't be until then that we know the prize money either.
But here's what we do know.
Michael Egan of Australia is the chip leader tonight; this is for certain, having bagged up 1,067,000 after eight levels today. Sam Greenwood and Isaac Haxton also had good opening days, as did late arrival Fedor Holz and Egan's countryman Stevan Chew. Each is among the field of 47 players (from the 79 entries) returning tomorrow.
That figure is unlikely to remain that way with more entries expected before registration ends tomorrow morning. Put that down as a best guess, but one we're confident of.
Here are the top ten chip counts at the end of Day 1.
|James En Ning Chen||Taiwan||830,000|
|Dan Smith||United States||803,000|
|Isaac Haxton||United States||739,000|
|Behzad Ahadpour||St. Kitts and Nevis||719,000|
That's how things look at the end of the first day, one that never really decides anything other than the depth of some player's pockets.
Among those re-entering today were Tim Adams, Jean-Noel Thorel and Vladimir Troyanovskiy, as well as Lu Yiang, who not only re-entered three times today (busting four times), he landed right back in the same seat each and every time, adding hundreds of thousands to Egan's chip leading stack - Egan knocked Yiang out twice in Level 8 alone. No one ever said high stakes poker wasn't fun.
You'll find us in the same place tomorrow with continued live coverage. Play continues tomorrow at 12:30pm local time. That's 12:30am ET, or 4:30am BST. Don't worry if you're heading to bed at that point, or already asleep. We'll be here when you're ready.
Until then, goodnight from Macau. -- SB