And that's all she wrote for today's opening flight.
In what will almost certainly set a new record tomorrow as the biggest Sydney Championships main event field of all time, 197 players took their seat today and after 11 hours of play, 55 of them remain.
In an ominous sign for his rivals, James Obst - fresh from his 13th place finish in the WSOP main event - is one of just two players to finish the day with over 300,000 in chips. he sits second behind chip leader Andrew Kitchen, who finished the day with 334,600.
They will return on Sunday along with tomorrow's survivors to start their journey, hopefully, towards the final table.
The top 5 stacks from Flight 1 are...
1. Andrew Kitchen - 334,600
2. James Obst - 316,700
3. Marc Liddel - 288,900
4. Nurlan boobekov - 265,300
5. Darwin Lai - 208,300