It’s been a long night for the 66 players that have managed to hang on to their seats throughout 14 levels of play tonight. They will join the 65 players who have already qualified for Day 2 in yesterday’s Day 1A.
It was a grueling evening of unforgiving and aggressive poker. The players meant business and were hungry to bag as many chips as possible for what promises to be a huge turnout for this first tournament of the MILLIONS North America Event.
When the clock stopped and all was said and done, the boards were showing an average stack of 95K. This makes chip leader Yirui Zhang’s 311,000 stack a pretty impressive achievement. Zhang is also the only player to have bagged more than 300,000 chips tonight. Behind Yirui, there are three players above the 200K mark: Scott David Hite (288,000), Rasvan Rimniceanu (233,000) and Michael Khan (216,000). Nghi Van Tran, who was among the chip leaders all night, bagged a respectable 157,500 chips.
Players have two more chances to fire bullets in Day 1 flights for this event, both of which are tomorrow:
- Day 1C (Turbo): Wednesday May 15th, at 12:00pm
- Day 1D: Wednesday May 15th, at 7:00pm
Day 2 gets underway this Thursday, May 16th at 7:00pm for 10 levels. Day 3 is on Friday May 17th, at 7:00pm.
A combined list of all qualified players for Day 2 of the Playground 200 can be found here.