Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1b completed

Andrew Seidman Leads Record-Breaking Millionaire Maker

YorkshirePud • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

If you ever chat to someone who tries to tell you that interest in live poker tournaments is waning, point them in the direction of the PokerNews Live Reporting pages of Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em from the 2014 World Series of Poker.

Then walk away smiling to yourself knowing that person is talking rubbish.

You see, this event is the second-largest World Series of Poker tournament ever run, attracting a mind-boggling 7,977 players over the two starting flights. The only WSOP event to surpass this massive total was the 2006 Main Event that saw 8,773 players, but they came through the doors over the course of several days, which makes today's event even more impressive.

Take a look at the table below that shows the five largest WSOP events in history.

EventEntrants
2006 WSOP Main Event8,773
2014 WSOP Millionaire Maker7,977
2010 WSOP Main Event7,319
2011 WSOP Main Event6,865
2008 WSOP Main Event6,844

So large was the field that all three rooms of the Rio were packed to capacity, with the surviving players ending their night in the Amazon Room.

Bagging up the most chips at the close of play was the popular pro Andrew Seidman who turned his 4,500 starting stack into a tournament leading 137,700.

Seidman bought into Day 1a at 11:00 a.m this morning and busted from it at around 6:45 p.m. He then took advantage of late registration and entered Day 1b, but got off to a terrible start and was down to a mere 2,000 chips.

Andrew Seidman
Andrew Seidman

"I was down to 2,000 quickly," said Seidman, "Then I quadrupled up with {Q-}{Q-} vs {A-}{K-} vs {A-}{K-} vs {6-}{6-}!"

The man known in online poker circles as "BalugaWhale" continued to run well over the next nine one-hour levels including winning two large pots from Phil Laak: (1) hitting trip threes on the river and (2) "sucked out with {A-}{10-} vs {A-}{Q-}."

Another hand of note came when Seidman was priced in to call with {K-Hearts}{7-Hearts} in a huge pot, turned the nut flush and had an over-bet shove on the river paid off by a set of nines.

We wouldn't be lying if we said Seidman was running well, but that's only part of the story.

"I feel like I am playing awesome," said Seidman before explaining he built big stacks in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the start of the series and lost a crucial flip in the $1,500 Shootout.

Now that Seidman has bags of chips at his disposal he is going to be a nightmare to play against.

Joining Seidman through to Sunday's Day 2 included such luminaries as Jamie Kerstetter (33,000), former WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada (20,100), Mohsin Charania (19,900), Amit Makhija (19,100), Taylor Paur (17,500), Jake Cody (15,400), Dan Kelly (13,700), Maria Ho (12,000), David Peters (11,700), and George Danzer (7,300).

Others weren't as fortunate and will have to enter a different event on Sunday if they want to continue with their quests to win a bracelet.

Stephen Chidwick, Zachary Korik, Bryn Kenney, Freddy Deeb, Phil Laak, Dominik Nitsche, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, Marvin Rettenmaier and Shannon Shorr being a small selection of stellar names who played on Day 1b but failed to progress.

Day 2 commences at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and should see approximately 1,500-1,600 players return to the Rio. Prize pool information is not yet available, but as soon as it is, we will publish it on our payout pages.

Until Day 2, it is goodnight from the PokerNews Live Reporting team.

Partial Chip Counts at the End of Day 1b (full)

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante
Andrew Seidman US 137,700 -12,300
Taylor van Meer 93,600 93,600
Bart Lybaert be 64,500 53,500
Jamie Kerstetter us 33,300 3,300
Bernard Lee us 29,400 5,400
Joe Cada us 20,100 12,100
Mohsin Charania us 19,900 -1,100
Amit Makhija us 19,100 10,600
Taylor Paur us 17,500 6,000
Dan Kelly us 13,700 11,500
Jordan Lewis us 13,000 2,000
Maria Ho us 12,000 -12,500
David Peters us 11,700 4,900
George Danzer de 7,300 -4,700

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Monkey Style and Special Mention

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

On the table of Taylor Paur there was apparently one player all in for his tournament life with {A-}{7-} against pocket eights and the flop delivered {10-}{10-}{8-}. Running tens saved Robert Reyna, if we can believe his hand writing on the bag though. He also had a cow hat on and a self-described monkey style.

And then we just had Chris "disco" Lythgoe from Bolton in the UK walk by, who bagged up 17,100 and played his very first WSOP event. Can't really say no to a British accent.

Six Hands To Go

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

The first starting flight drew the last six tables and thus Day 1B will play as many hands before all remaining players then bag and tag for today. All players are also reminded to pass on their green chips to the chip leader at the table to buy them off before play concludes.

Lewis Short, Korik Shorter

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Jordan Lewis defended his big blind against a cutoff raise to 1,650 and both players checked the {8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{K-Spades} flop. Lewis then bet 2,200 on the {5-Hearts} turn and moved all in after the {9-Spades} river. The cutoff called both bets and showed {6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} as winning hand in the showdown to double through for 7,975 on the river.

Zachary Korik has even less chips left, he jammed with ace queen into aces and is down to only five big blinds. We 66 tables left now in the Amazon room from what it looks like.

Jordan Lewis us 11,000 -24,000
Zachary Korik us 3,100 -8,100

Wendeen Folds

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Wendeen Eolis not only faces George Danzer but also Jason Wheeler on her table. In the latest hand there was a raise from under the gun plus one and a three-bet all in as well as a second all in, with the latter having her covered. Eolis ended up tank folding out of the big blind and saw the coin flip {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} versus {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} produce the {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. "It was the right fold," she whispered to Danzer.

And just like this, ten tables in the orange section have been broken up in less than half an hour.

Wendeen Eolis US 6,900 1,600

Betting Tokens

YorkshirePud • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Some big names are chipping up nicely, others not so much.

Tony Gregg us 49,000 32,000
Erick Lindgren us 27,000 16,000
Mike Sexton us 26,200
Bernard Lee us 24,000 4,000
David Benefield us 15,000 5,900
Mike Watson ca 14,800 3,300
Ronit Chamini 14,600
Jake Cody gb 13,500 -11,500
George Danzer de 12,000 -7,000
Ben Dobson gb 9,000 -500
Bryn Kenney us 7,250
David Peters us 6,800 -4,200
Christina Lindley us 6,050 -5,150
Freddy Deeb us Busted

ONE TIME not

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

We heard a loud scream from a player and arrived at the table to see John Beauprez with {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} and the pocket queens of the opponent already mucked. His rival apparently pledged to the dealer and this fired back in truly evil way when the dealer fanned the {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} flop. Both had almost the same stack and the opponent with 23,525 was covered by less than 1,000 chips.

One hand later, Beauprez three-bet to 3,500 after a raise to 1,500 but could not connect with the board and saw his ace king suited lose to {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} on a checked down board.

John Beauprez us 45,000 45,000