Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em

Official Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante
Andy Hwang us 912,000
Gary Friedlander us 837,000
Christopher Hunichen (Chris Hunichen) 586,000
Keon Sample US 549,000
Tuan Vu US 515,000 498,575
Benny Chen ca 495,000
Brendon Rubie au 487,000 357,000
Thomas Laviano US 465,000
Pedro Rios us 461,000
Jacob Schindler us 444,000
Lee Flemming us 432,000 389,950
Andrew Badecker us 431,000
Sean Rafael us 418,000
Kane Kalas us 415,000 283,600
Dm Delvecchio US 411,000 354,875
John Gulino us 390,000
Budwey Salhab us 370,000
Raja Kattamuri US 356,000
Tam Truong au 355,000
Ryan Welch us 346,000
Arshin Gamini us 341,000 326,775
John Monnette us 340,000
Kevin Kung US 325,000 -20,000
Bart Hanson us 322,000
Tom Alner gb 320,000 296,900

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Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Day 2 of the "Millionaire Maker" Tournament Comes to a Close

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante
Andy Hwang
Andy Hwang

After ten grueling levels of poker action, a total of 133 runners survived the onslaught of all-ins, giving themselves a legitimate shot at the $1,000,000+ payday. Andy Hwang, who recently captured the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open championship for a score of over $700,000, became the unofficial chip leader late in the night, building a massive stack of 912,000 chips, good for more than four times the average stack.

The 1,481 survivors of yesterday's dual flights, Day 1a and 1b, reconvened this morning, and the work of culling the short stacks began in earnest. Among the notable pros to fall short during Day 2 were Kenna James, Maria Ho, Phil Hellmuth, Darryll Fish, Dennis Phillips, Lee Watkinson, Gavin Griffin, and a slew of other recognizable names from the poker circuit. In a tournament expressly designed to make a millionaire, many players with more than a million in career earnings fell by the wayside.

Eventually the money bubble was reached, and after only a few minutes of hand-for-hand play, an unfortunate player was eliminated in 649th place, assuring minimum cashes of $2,740 for those with chips remaining. As is typical with the lower buy-in events here at the WSOP, the boisterous announcement of "Congratulations players, you have all made the money!" was met with raucous cheers, and rapid fire all-in moves. Just an hour following the bubble bursting, over a hundred players headed to the payout cage, many still ecstatic after accomplishing every amateur player's primary goal.

Despite the exodus of pros that defined Day 2's early stages, a select group of experienced bracelet hunters did manage to bag and tag their chips by the end of the night. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements (294,000), who topped the chip counts after Day 1b, will highlight tomorrow's Day 3 action, along with Australian pro Brendon Rubie (487,000), Ryan Welch (346,000), and circuit grinder Mike Carroll (78,000). Each will return tomorrow trying to emerge from this Main Event-sized field and become the WSOP's first "Millionaire Maker" bracelet winner.

The surviving players will return to the Amazon Room at 1:00pm for a chance to reach the final table of this historic tournament. Below are the payouts awaiting those nine fortunate finalists, and while six-figure scores are nothing to scoff at, everybody will be gunning for the top spot, a gold bracelet, and a cool million bucks.


Unofficial End of Day Chip Counts

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

The chips have been bagged, and here some unofficial counts at the end of the night:

Andy Hwang us 912,000 52,000
Chris Hunichen us 586,000 -5,214,000
Ben Chen 495,000 -45,000
Pedro Rios us 461,000 11,000
Andrew Badecker us 431,000 31,000
Mike Del Vecchio us 411,000 11,000
John Monnette us 340,000 230,000
Dan Kelly us 277,000 77,000
Nick Decktor 255,000 -145,000
Tyler Patterson us 246,000
Russell Crane us 105,000 91,425
Byron Kaverman us 94,000 80,475
Eddy Sabat us 81,000
John Hennigan us Busted
Bryn Kenney us Busted

Six More Hands

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Tournament staff have announced that each table will play six more hands tonight. Then the remaining players will bag their chips and return for another day of play tomorrow.

Lots of Action in 5-Way Pot

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

We just witnessed a five-way raised pot, a rarity at this stage of a tournament, which turned into a frigid cooler on the flop.

A player raised to 8,500 from middle position, then Scott Clements flat called, the button called behind him, and both blinds called as well. The dealer rolled out {5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{4-Spades} for the flop, and action checked to Clements who bet 21,500. The button flat called, but then the small blind raised to 85,000. Everyone folded to the button, who thought for a moment before raising all-in. The small blind called instantly, but was disappointed when the hands were turned over. He held {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} for middle set, but his opponent held {5-Spades}{5-Hearts} for top set. The turn and river were the {8-Hearts} and {j-Clubs}, and the button more than doubled up with his set of fives.

Scott Clements us 165,000 -70,000

Sevens Lucky For Bobby Pham

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

All the Money got in preflop between Daniel Dallas and Bobby Pham.

Dallas held {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} and Pham had {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. The flop fell {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Dallas looked good to take it down. The turn however put a dagger into Dallas's heart when it came the {7-Spades}. The river did not give Dallas a nine and he was stacked down to only 1 big blind. Pham doubled and now has 144,000.

Dallas was eliminated the next hand.

Bobby Pham us 144,000 125,400
Daniel Dallas Busted