The field has shrunk down to 224 runners, but the tournament hall is still packed to capacity here in Day 1A of the MILLIONS Open. The tables are being turned over with blinding speed; each closing tournament table means room to fit another cash table to help meet today’s exceptional demand.
The massive amount of chips in play means that the players, thanks to their deep stacks, still have lots of room to maneuver so the play has taken on a more cautious tone over the last few levels; it seems that only the short stacks are willing to put their tournament lives at risk at this late stage in the day. Many in the field are already looking past the final level to getting their chips in the bag for Day 2, but, as any player knows, things can change quickly and anything can happen at any moment.
Here are some photos from the late stages of Day 1A: