Shaun Deeb, Barry Hutter Win Gold, Millionaire Maker Pulls 7,275

The Rio was buzzing on Day 11 of the 2015 World Series of Poker with three final tables and the second flight of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. Shaun Deeb ticked off an item on his bucket list, Barry Hutter was the last man standing in the Shootout and a chess Grand Master won a bracelet.

Shaun Deeb Wins First Bracelet in $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship

Shaun Deeb won his first WSOP bracelet against an all star final table.

Shaun Deeb won his first WSOP bracelet against an all star final table.

A final table of all stars returned for the final day of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship. Shaun Deeb came out on top after defeating Paul Volpe for his first bracelet and $318,857.

“I was very offended that I wasn’t drafted in the $25K Fantasy Draft and I came out here motivated for tournaments,” Deeb said. “I’ve final tabled this event before, I like the structure and a lot of people are new to Pot Limit Hold’em.”

“I made a lot of good decisions and card-racked a bunch of people and won all the key all ins. I’m so happy to win a bracelet and I hope its back next year – I need to defend my title,” Deeb said.

“Now I’m a family man and I play a little calmer, I’m known as a spazz and I’m a little tighter now,” Deeb said. “I enjoy myself more. I was never motivated here to win a bracelet I always wanted to win the most money and this year was going to be the last full summer I do and wanted to get a bracelet off my bucket list.”

The final table had a combined $28,580,592 in tournament earnings, four WSOP bracelets and 145 WSOP cashes. Jason Koon began the day as the chip leader but a series of unfortunate events led him to bust in ninth place.

Dario Sammartino, Sam Stein, Kristijonas Andrulis, Greg Merson, Jason Les and Ismael Bojang rounded out the tough table. Bojang made back-to-back final tables in this event with his finish and Volpe finished runner-up for the second time this WSOP in a $10,000 event.


  1. Shaun Deeb – $318,857
  2. Paul Volpe – $197,048
  3. Jason Les – $142,747
  4. Sam Stein – $105,364
  5. Greg Merson – $79,182
  6. Dario Sammartino – $60,545
  7. Kristijonas Andrulis – $47,081
  8. Ismael Bojang – $37,227
  9. Jason Koon – $29,911

Barry Hutter Last Man Standing in $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout

Barry Hutter won his first bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Barry Hutter won his first bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout.

The third round of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout returned ten players and Barry Hutter was the last player standing after a tough three-handed battle with Benjamin Zamani and Dennis Phillips to win the bracelet and $283,546.

It feels great to close one out. I think a bracelet is what everybody wants,” Hutter said moments after his win. “I’m speechless really.”

“It was a really tough table and heads up Ben’s really tough to play against. Fortunately I made some hands and won the big pots,” he said. “The stars aligned I guess, I ran really well and played pretty well too.”

Two female players were at the final table for the first time this Series with Kitty Kuo and Elizabeth Montizanti. Phillips made his fourth career WSOP final table and the original November Niner bowed out in third.


  1. Barry Hutter – $283,546
  2. Benjamin Zamani – $174,771
  3. Dennis Phillips – $113,265
  4. Kitty Kuo – $82,890
  5. Elizabeth Montizanti – $61,560
  6. Orson Young – $46,332
  7. Anton Smirnov – $35,302
  8. Daniel Strelitz – $27,216
  9. Grayson Ramage – $21,208
  10. Randy Pfeifer – $16,740

Chess Grand Master Wins Bracelet in $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Konstantin Maslak came back on Day 4 to win the event.

Konstantin Maslak came back on Day 4 to win the event.

Three 12-hour days were not enough to wrap up the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Mix event and Konstantin Maslak returned for a fourth day to win his first WSOP bracelet and $269,612.

“I was watching my friends playing poker and I started to play for fun,” Maslak said. “The first time I came here was 2011 and I missed last year because I was watching the World Cup.”

“I started to learn the mix games after I started practicing them online,” he said. Outside of poker and chess Maslak makes a living sports betting on soccer and basketball.

Maslak is a relative newcomer to the game and transitioned to the game after achieving a Grand Master ranking from the World Chess Organization.

Hani Awad and Benjamin Dobson finished second and third respectively. Awad held 3.8 million to Maslak’s 2.2 million to start heads-up play, Maslak took the lead after around of Omaha Hi-L0 and then finished off Awad in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo.


  1. Konstantin Maslak – $269,612
  2. Hani Awad – $166,583
  3. Benjamin Dobson – $105,893

Millionaire Maker Day Totals 7,275 Entrants, Winner Earns $1.27 Million

Day 1B of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker pulled 3,928 entrants, combined with Day 1A’s 3,347 entrants, the field swelled to 7,275. Charles Sewell bagged the day’s largest stack with 177,800 with 1,118 players starting Day 2.

Collosus winner Lance Garcia bagged up an above average stack along with Ronnie Bardah, Justin Bonomo, Amir Lehavot and Shannon Shorr.

Phil Hellmuth, Jamie Gold, Bernard Lee and Erick Lindgren survived but all have less than 20,000.

Day 1A advanced 500 players and Day 1B advanced 618 runners.

The field juiced the prizepool to $9,821,250 which pays out the top 747 finishers at least $2,749. A trip to the final table locks up six figures with ninth place earning $115,890 and a newly-minted millionaire earns $1,277,193.

Overall Chip Counts

  1. Tomas Altamirano – 265,700
  2. Christian Pham – 243,100
  3. Brian Rast – 206,300
  4. Austin Buchanan – 195,900
  5. Kathryn Lindsay – 182,400
  6. Daniel Fuhs – 181,300
  7. Alexander Villa – 180,500
  8. Charles Sewell – 177,800
  9. Gregory Russell – 177,100
  10. Upeshka Desilva – 172,800

$10,000 Razz  Championship

The $10,000 Razz Championship pulled one of the smaller fields of the year with 103 players. Abe Mosseri and Brock Parker share the lead over the remaining 63 players with 140,900 each.

Fresh off his bracelet win Shaun Deeb bagged up in the top ten and Steve Billirakis, Jonathan Duhamel and Mike Leah advanced with top stacks.

The final 16 players cash in the event out of a near $1 million prizepool and the winner pockets $271,105.

Chip Counts

  1. Abe Mosseri – 140,900
  2. Brock Parker – 140,900
  3. Hani Awad – 122,200
  4. Jyri Merivita – 113,800
  5. Shaun Deeb – 94,700
  6. Trevor Jones – 89,300
  7. Yehuda Buchalter – 88,600
  8. Steve Billirakis – 86,000
  9. Par Hildebrand – 83,200
  10. Dan Shak – 80,300

Looking Ahead

Sunday won’t have any final tables but two new events kick off to close the second weekend of the 2015 WSOP. The $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event should attract another huge field with plenty of players that didn’t advance in the Millionaire Maker. The $3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Max event gets cards in the air at 4 p.m. and the Millionaire Maker returns 1,118 players.

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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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