Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
Level:
13
Blinds:
800/1,600
Ante:
200
Level:
12
Blinds:
600/1,200
Ante:
200
Level:
11
Blinds:
500/1,000
Ante:
100
Level:
10
Blinds:
400/800
Ante:
100
Level:
9
Blinds:
300/600
Ante:
75
Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a completed

Ryan Welch Looks Like Early LeaderNear the Top After Day 1a

[user68268] • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
Ryan Welch
Ryan Welch

Day 1a of Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em has come to a close after the first eight levels of play have wrapped up. A massive field of 3,713 players came out for the first of two starting flights, and former World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Ryan Welch is contending for the chip lead. He bagged up 68,450, although we'll have to wait for the official counts from the WSOP before verifying if he topped this flight or not. There is also an entire batch of players in the Day 1b flight, so someone could emerge with plenty more chips later tonight.

The story of the day wasn't so much the poker being played, but rather the insanely large turnout for the event. All day long the registration lines were stretched far down the hallways, but seemed to move fairly fast. For several hours of the day, the event had players in all three rooms inside the Rio. This field has already crushed the record previously held for the largest $1,500 no-limit hold'em event at the WSOP, and it stands to become one of the largest poker tournaments of all time. Despite the unique payout structure that will be used for this event, the attraction of a guaranteed $1 million for first place had players storming through the doors.

Some of the notables advancing from Day 1a were gold bracelet winners John Monnette, Tristan Wade, Timothy Adams and Jake Cody. Micah Raskin, Kenny Nguyen, Dennis Phillips, Dani Stern and Rupert Elder were amongst those to advance as well.

862 from the 3,713 entered made it thorugh to day 2 but right now we're going to kick things over to PokerNews' Day 1b coverage. It's been a fun, record-setting day, but it's not over yet!

Tags: Ryan Welch

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user68268] • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
Harrison Beach US 76,875
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru 70,000
Ryan Welch us 68,450
Kenny Nguyen us 67,000 67,000
Joe Rutledge US 63,925
Derek Chisholm GB 62,775
Jeremiah Vinsant US 60,625
Blake Cahail us 60,475
Walter Moorhead US 57,900
Alex Findlay 57,725
Cody Cooley US 56,300
Dm Delvecchio US 56,125
Alex Muscarella us 56,000
Charles Blumenthal US 55,850
Stephanie Dao CA 55,250
Deepak Nandakumar 54,975
Kevin Wright ca 54,725
Michael Zuckerman us 54,700
John Monnette us 54,600 4,600
Champie Douglas us 54,575
Kenneth Douglas CA 54,300
Michael Bennington us 54,125
David Laski US 51,700
Niel Mittelman us 51,225
Craig Schauer US 49,775

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Three More Hands

[user68268] • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the players will be playing out three more hands before bagging and tagging.