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The Millions of Macau

Written by Ben Blaschke

It’s Macau Millions time in the PokerStars LIVE room at City of Dreams this week in a tournament that has earned a reputation as one of the more unique, fast-paced events on the annual tournament calendar. With a very reasonable HK$2,200 buy-in, the Macau Millions boasts six Day 1 flights and players can buy-in to all six of them if they so please.

At the end of the final flight, any player who has survived Day 1 more than once will take their biggest Day 1 stack through to Day 2 as well as earning HK$11,000 for each additional qualification. That’s no easy task, with only the top seven percent of players progressing from each flight, however with three Day 1 flights already run over the weekend we have already seen one player achieve the feat.

Alexandre Chieng

Alexandre Chieng

China’s Alexandre Chieng made it through Flight 1a with 93,000 chips, then bagged up another 44,500 in Flight 1b which will be exchanged for the cash.

Other notables already guaranteed a seat on Day 2 are 2010 champion Justin Chan and ANZPT Player of the Year Iori Yogo.

After the recent Macau Poker Cup set a new player record for that event last month, the Macau Millions is on track to do the same with 430 players haven bought in over the first three flights – up on the 412 at the same stage last year.

The magic number to beat is 1,329, which is a record for a tournament held in Asia. Flight 1d begins at 19:00 this Wednesday 12 March.