Live Tournament Updates
Late Registration Possibilities
Level 1: 50-100, ante
About halfway through the first level of play, there are 179 players registered for this tournament. Though as we mentioned earlier, registration will remain open for the first eight levels of play. With five 90-minute levels each day, that gives players until tomorrow at 5:00 pm to register.
If a player were to register at the last possible moment, they would begin Level 9 with a full starting stack of 60,000. But with the blinds at 800-1,600 (200 ante), they'll only have 37.5 big blinds to work with.
If a player were to skip Day 1 but register at the start of Day 2, the blinds would be at 400-800 (75 ante). That would give them 75 big blinds to work with -- a comfortable amount for a pro poker player, given the fact that they would have missed an entire day's action.
A more likely scenario would be for a player to show up a few hours late. If someone were to show up around 5:00 pm today, the blinds would be 200-400 (25 ante), which would be 150 big blinds.
Just to clarify the situation, if a player pre-registers but shows up late, their chips are put on the table and blinded down normally. But if a player registers late, they get a fresh stack of 60,000 chips from the time they register. So it's definitely to a player's advantage to register late if they don't plan to be here for the start of the tournament.
12:58 PM, 10/21/09