Millionaire Maker Sets Records, Pope & Sylvestre Win Gold

The line was out the door and down the hall for the Millionaire Maker registration.

The line was out the door and down the hall for the Millionaire Maker registration.

The 2013 WSOP was stretched to the limits Saturday with huge fields for the Millionaire Maker. But the Rio was able accomodate the huge field and award two WSOP gold bracelets on other events. The Millionaire Maker, a $1,500 buy-in event with $1 Million guaranteed for first place, ran two flights on the day, so only one new event started.

Two other events wrapped up their Day 2 play with solid fields making for two final tables on Sunday.

Event 2: $5,000 8-Max No Limit Hold’em

Trevor Pope won his first WSOP bracelet and $55,906 with his dog Revis by his side. He began the day with a massive chip lead, never looked back and defeated a stacked final table that included David Vamplew, Darryll Fish, Jared Hamby, Jamie Armstrong, Dan Kelly, Brandon Meyers and David Peters.

Revis was in the stands at the ESPN Feature Table in 2012 when Joey Weissman won a bracelet  in a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event. The final table was a rowdy one with Revis leading the charge for the American rail to compete with the spirited Brazilian rail for Fernando Brito and the German rail for Philip Meulyzer.

Event 3: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry

Charles Sylvestre outlasted a field of 3,164 players to win $491,360 for his first gold bracelet. Sylvestre hails from Canada and counts 2010 WSOP Main Event Champ Jonathan Duhamel as one of his closest friends. Duhamel was on-hand at the ESPN Feature Table and called Sylvestre “a legend in Montreal.”

The first huge field of the WSOP built a prizepool of $2,847,600 with a lot of help of the re-entry format. A handful of WSOP Circuit players made deep runs in the event including Michael Cooper and Ryan Olisar. Other notables in the event included Nam Le (17th), Ryan Tepen (18th) and Jonathan Tamayo (26th).

Event 4: $1,500 6-Max No Limit Hold’em

The event played 9.5 levels today as the field was trimmed to unofficial final table of seven players. Mike Mustafa leads the field after bagging up 1.28 million but will have a difficult time staving off Maing Loeser, Keven Stammen and 2009 WSOP Main Event Champ Joe Cada.

Stammen won a WSOP bracelet in a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event in 2009 where he bested Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen for a half million dollar prize. Cada will be looking for redemption after a runner-up finish in 2012; he was on the losing end of a heads-up match with Carter Phillips in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event.

The final table will start at 1 pm on the ESPN Feature Table stage.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Mike Mustafa – 1,280,000
  2. Manig Loeser – 931,000
  3. John Beauprez – 796,000
  4. Eric Blair – 685,000
  5. Joe Cada – 671,000
  6. Zohar Spivack – 393,000
  7. Keven Stammen – 201,000

Event 5: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Mix

After ten levels play 19 players remain in the field that began with 173 players. At the end of play Mike Gorodinsky leads the field with 330,500 but Kristopher Tong is tailing him closely with 319,500.

The money  bubble burst late in the event and the top 40 players earned a cash. The remaining players in the field is stacked for a low buy-in event. Daniel Negreanu, Alexander Lakhov, James Van Alstyne, George Danzer, Owais Ahmed, David Levi, Mike Matusow and David “Bakes” Baker all look to make the final table – Danzer final tabled the event in 2012 with a runner-up finish to Oleksii Kovalchuck.

Day 3 will see cards in the air at 2 pm with hopes of crowning a winner.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Mike Gorodinsky – 330,500
  2. Kristopher Tong – 319,500
  3. Dustin Leary – 254,000
  4. Alexander Lakhov – 218,000
  5. George Danzer – 187,500
  6. Roman Verenko – 158,500
  7. Mack Lee – 150,000
  8. Andrew Kelsall – 147,500
  9. Matthew Ashton – 147,000
  10. Randall Pace – 136,500

Event 6: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em “Millionaire Maker”

The Day 1A field began at 11 am and saw 3,713 players take to the felt and 862 remained. The second flight, which started at 5 pm, saw 2,630 entrants for a total field of 6,343 players. The later flight had an estimated 600 survivors for a total of around 1,400 players advancing to Day 2. Eliminations were at a breakneck pace with close to five players eliminated per minute. The event set the record as the largest non-WSOP Main Event field and the largest single-day field in history.

Tristan Wade, one of BLUFF’s Contenders, amassed a stack and bagged up 32,125. Other BLUFF Contenders Huy Nguyen, Eric Baldwin, Xuan Liu did not survive the first flight but Baldwin and Nguyen were conveniently seated next to each other.

Nguyen and Liu gave it another shot in the Day 1B flight and they bagged up 7,325 and 18,925 respectively. Across the room Darryll Fish, Yevgeny Timoshenko, Brandon Meyers and Danny Suied seemed to be partying more than playing cards. Fish sported light up bunny ears for most of the day which can also be seen on the candy and cigarettes girls that roam the fields of the Rio.

The event built a prizepool of $8,563,050 which will pay the top 648 finishers. A min-cash is worth $2,740 and all nine players at the final table will be guaranteed six-figures. First place will walk away with $1,198,780, well over the guaranteed million for first place.

Daily Deepstacks

The 2 pm $235 Daily Deepstack was delayed until around 8:30 pm because of the large crowd in the Millionaire Maker. The long delay did boost attendance with 776 players signing up to play. The field played in the Brasilia Room rather than the Pavilion because of the Millionaire Maker taking up the bulk of tables. The top 81 players will get paid out of a $147,060 prizepool. The first place prize is $31,650 and a min-cash is worth $366.

The  10 pm $135 Daily Deepstack suffered some from the late start of the early event. It was held in the Pavilion Room and attracted 90 players. The prizepool was set at $9,000 with first place paying out $2,885.

The Daily Deepstack Player of the Series sponsored by BLUFF still has Christopher Bridgford leading the points race with 168 but with the large fields over the weekend that number is sure to move.

Pavilion Beat

During the evening hours the cash game section of the Pavilion Room was packed. A handful of Open Face Chinese games were running at $25 and $50 a point; seen in the games were Bill Chen, John Racener, Jeffrey Lisandro and Peter Ippolito.

The high stakes Bullpen area had several large games running, including a $25/50/100 Pot Limit Omaha game that broke for a couple hours but has been running steadily for the past couple of days. A $10/25 No Limit Hold’em game was running in in the corner of the Bullpen with Timothy Adams playing for quite a while.

Looking Ahead

Sunday’s action will start with Day 1 of Event 7: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em at noon, which is expecting another huge turnout.

Two final tables will highlight the day’s action with $1,500 6-Max No Limit Hold’em at 1 pm and $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo mix kicking off at 2 pm.

The Millionaire Maker will have it’s restart at 1 pm.

The $2,500 Eight-Game Mix will kick off at 5 pm and is expected to bring the mixed game specialists out of the woodwork.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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