The amateur players in today's field are not showing any signs of fear in the face of some of their more experienced opponents. Jay Kinkade, Johnny Chan and several other pros have raised preflop, only to see an amateur behind them reraise and push them out of the pot.
Vanessa Rousso is one notable exception. She was heads up on the turn, with the board showing and over 4,000 chips in the pot. On the river , Rousso checked to her opponent, who bet 1,500. She then raised to 3,000, eliciting a fold. She showed before collecting the pot.
The mood seems light-hearted on the tournament floor to start the day. Michael Pedley noticed Chad Brown sitting directly underneath a PokerStars.net ad featuring... Chad Brown. "Is he supposed to be somebody important?" Pedley joked.
Charles Chua is also joking with his table. "How can I be the only Asian on a poker table in Macau?" he asked of his tablemates in mock outrage, all of whom are white.
Today's field is a much larger one than yesterday with an estimate of around 180 players taking to the felt today.
There are many PokerStars qualifiers and plenty of big name professionals including Julian Powell, Van Marcus, David Saab, Mel Judah, Johnny Chan, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Jay Kinkade and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Rousso, Chad Brown and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
Cards are in the air. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, dressed as the villian "The Joker" from the Batman franchise (complete with dyed hair and face paint) called out the magic phrase "Shuffle up and deal! Hahahahahaha."
As we did yesterday, we are starting the day today with a traditional Chinese lion ceremony. J.J. Liu, Vanessa Rousso and Chad Brown got things started on the cymbals, drum and gong respectively. After a couple of ceremonial "first bangs", they turned the instruments over to the professionals, who are banging away as I type this while three dragons wander through the tournament area, blessing each table and chasing away the evil spirits.
For a sense of what it was like, watch the video from yesterday's lion ceremony.