Let's face it. Nobody ever won anything on Day 1A of a Main Event. The plan is usually straightforward. Survive the day and go on from there. A big stack helps of course, but you have to be in it to win it, and you can't live by that type of fortune cookie wisdom if you're knocked out before the real fun starts. You know, the bit where they give you the money.
All of which is easier said than done, and if you're one of the 60 or so players eliminated after today's six levels you might not want to hear it. In fact it's best not to tell them. Change the subject if you can. And whatever you do don't say "better luck next time". In the history of poker that has never gone down well.
The flip side to all that is around 130 players made it through today, from a field of 193, led by chip leader Zigao Yu with 162,400.
It was a solid performance by Yu today, one that will represent the high water mark for those taking their seat on Day 1B tomorrow. Others to finish well included Daniel Laidlaw on 135,300, Ryan Yu with 125,200, and Bryan Huang on 83,400, all of whom will be listed on the day's chip count page, which will appear here when it's made available.
As players file out with the slightest of springs in their step we now wait for Day 1B, which starts tomorrow at the less familiar time of 6PM, which is 6AM ET and 11AM BST. We hope you can join us but if not you can catch up on our live updates from throughout the day.
Until then, good night from Macau. - SB