Two tournaments reached the final table in the 2013 WSOP on Sunday while more than 600 players reached the money in the Millionaire Maker and thousands more entered fields for a pair of other events.
The future millionaire just made his first thousand.
That nearly $1.2 million prize for the winner of the inaugural $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker got a little bit closer to reach as the field crossed the money bubble after about five hours of play on Sunday.
The 648 remaining players among the 6,343 entrants (only 501 fewer than the 2008 WSOP Main Event in which Dennis Phillips finished third) erupted in cheers inside the Amazon room.
No stranger to small fields, Phillips believes the large turnout at the Millionaire Maker is a sign of a rebounding poker economy.
“I’m just happy to see a lot of people playing poker,” he said. “I think it’s making a decent comeback, and we’re going to see larger fields throughout the year.”
Victor Ramdin called the event, the first time WSOP players had a shot at a million dollar top prize in an event with a buy-in less than $5,000, “unbelievable.”
Randy “nanonoko” Lew agreed, saying the event caters to players of all levels.
A few other pros who still have a shot at the million: Christian Harder, Faraz Jaka, Andrew Lichtenberger, Dan Kelly, John Hennigan, Paul Volpe, Dani Stern, Bart Hanson, Faraz Jaka, and Scott Clements.
Noteable Sunday bustouts who did not cash: Erick Lindgren, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Ryan Laplante.
$2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/ Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
Daniel Negreanu and Mike Matusow must look for another shot at their next WSOP bracelet, as both players busted the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo on Sunday afternoon.
Matusow ran into a cooler, showing a seven-high straight and 5-4 low in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, but was defeated by Owais Ahmed who picked up the 5-3 low end and George Danzer who held an eight-high straight.
As he walked to the cashier cage, finishing 14th, Matusow appeared a little shaken by the loss in a 270,000 chip pot.
“I guess that’s the way to go out — with flames,” he said. “I thought I was scooping.”
Ahmed, on the other hand, is looking for his second bracelet in the event in three years. He nabbed the chip lead as they reached the final nine players, but said this year’s field was tougher than when he won in 2011.
“Whoever gets a better run of cards is going to decide the winner,” he said. “A lot of these players aren’t going to make mistakes.”
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Also looking for another bracelet is Joe Cada, who made the final table of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max on Sunday. But Cada was last in chips among the final four players, with German Manig Loeser in the lead and about a million more chips than Cada.
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
The second $1,000 event of the series got underway Sunday, with 1,837 entrants and a prize pool of more than $1.6 million.
Notables in that event included Brian Hastings, Annette Obrestad, David Pham, Brian Rast, Jonathan Little, Joe Serock and Men Nguyen.
The $2,500 8-Game Mix started Sunday afternoon and drew a field packed with well-known pros. That lineup of more than 300 players included Allen Kessler, Jason Mercier, David Williams, Chino Rheem, Chad Brown, Andy Frankenberger, David Oppenheim and Andy Bloch.
Two gold bracelets will be awarded Sunday night, as the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max and the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/ Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo events are both expected to play down to a winner.
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