Tyler Brown Crowned Champion of Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions ($1,000,000)

Tyler Brown

Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions of the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas is now in the history books. After 48 levels of grueling play, battling through the monstrous field of 18,188 players and a final eight-handed feature table in the spotlight, Tyler Brown is the champion taking home a cool $1,000,000 and a coveted WSOP bracelet.

Those lucky enough to make it through one of the four day-one flights were eligible to win the mystery bounties that were put into play on Day 2. For every knockout earned, a player had the opportunity to draw for one of the many bounties on offer ranging in value from $1,000 to $1,000,000. With an overwhelming amount of entries this year generating a massive bounty prize pool, the WSOP was able to offer not one but two $1,000,000 bounties to play for.

Shant Marashlian
Shant Marashlian became a millionaire

Shant Marashlian was the first player to become a millionaire after pulling the first grand prize bounty early on Day 2 of the event.

Patrick Liang shortly followed as he secured a combined total of $1,025,000 across two bounty pulls from the chest. Rather generously, Liang also decided to gift $1,000 to every player at his table when he won the million.

Other notable bounty recipients included Klint Tevaearai and Eric Baldwin who were the winners of the $500,000 and $250,000 bounties respectively.

Many notable players in the field who busted included Matt Glantz (49th), who was the recipient of the $1,000,000 bounty in 2022 and former WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson (532nd) who both made it through to Day 2. Chris Hunichen (14th) also had a deep run busting well into Day 3 of the event as well as Dan Shak (seventh) who reached the final table.

Mystery Bounty Payouts

Bounty PrizeCollected ByBounty PrizeCollected By
$1,000,000Shant Marashlian$1,000,000Patrick Liang
$500,000Klint Teveraei$250,000Eric Baldwin
$100,000Noah Hovick$100,000Kenneth Mapoy
$100,000Dan Shak$50,000Nikolaos Angelou
$50,000Cassio Pisapia$50,000Kevin Towler
$50,000Bill Murray$25,000Viktor Kulish
$25,000Christopher Lewis$25,000Narayan Patel
$25,000Narayan Patel$25,000Aram Oganyan
$25,000Daniel Glass$25,000Roongsak Griffeth
$25,000Kirk Acevedo$25,000Rajesh Vohra
$25,000Alejandro Jauregui Reynoso$25,000Kultida Berman
$25,000Kodey Hammer$25,000Jaime Madrigal
$25,000Russell McClean$25,000Ryan McKnight
$25,000John Riordan$25,000Ryan McKnight
$25,000Ron Moisecu$25,000Lemarc Harrell
$25,000Darin Utley$25,000Nicholas Agnew
$25,000Kenneth Mapoy$25,000Todd Hoopfer
$25,000Michael Clough$25,000Kevin Schulz
$25,000Joao Barroso Valli$25,000Shahaf Nacson
$25,000Baptiste Ozenne$25,000Joseph Salvaggi
$25,000Carmen Raiche Marsden$25,000Patrick Liang
$25,000Stephen Song$25,000Guan Chen
$25,000Tyler Brown  

Day 3 was played down to one table of ten players who battled it out until only eight remained, and the official final table was decided. The players were moved to the feature table, and the livestream covered the play down to a winner and their bracelet presentation.

Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions Final Table Results

PlaceNameCountryPrize (USD)
1Tyler BrownUSA$1,000,000
2Guang ChenUSA$561,320
3Ryan McKnightUSA$429,360
4Steven ThompsonCosta Rica$330,150
5Rhian FineisUSA$255,210
6Tauan De Oliveira NavesBrazil$198,320
7Dan ShakUSA$154,940
8Tam HoCanada$121,683

Not long after the final table kicked off, the first elimination came in the form of Tam Ho exiting in eighth for $121,683 as he lost the most crucial flip of his tournament journey. The pocket fours of Steven Thompson held against his ace-ten, providing the first bust out of this final table.

Dan Shak
Dan Shak

In seventh place fell Dan Shak, the most celebrated player left in the field. Shak found himself all in holding pocket eights against the pocket jacks of Guang Chen. While Shak managed to flop more outs as he held the eight of hearts on a monotone board, the turn and river did not oblige, and Shak was eliminated for $154,940.

Tauan De Oliveira Naves was the sixth-place finisher at this final table as he got the chips in front holding ace-jack against the ten-nine of Thompson. However, Thompson pulled ahead on the turn and remained that way, sending Naves to the rail for $198,320.

Out in fifth place was Rhian Fineis, who landed on the wrong side of a coin toss as his ace-jack came up against the pocket tens of Tyler Brown. Failing to connect to the board, Brown’s tens held, and Fineis exited in fifth with $255,210 for his efforts.

Exiting in fourth was Thompson, whose queen-six couldn’t get there against the ace-five of Chen, sending him home for $330,150. Upon Thompson’s exit, the Horseshoe got a little quieter as his energetic rail left alongside him, celebrating Thompson’s deep run.

Ryan McKnight departed in third place for $429,360. Chen was the beneficiary of his chips as McKnight got it all in with queen-six dominated by the queen-ten of Chen. This got the heads-up match underway.

Guang Chen
Guang Chen finished in second place

The heads-up battle between Brown and Chen only lasted three hands. The majority of chips fell into the hands of Brown after a life-changing hero call with just ace high gave him a dominating chip lead and setting him on the home straight for his first WSOP bracelet.
It was not long after that the heads-up match was settled. Brown’s queen-seven pulled ahead of Chen’s ace-jack to win $1,000,000 and the bracelet.

Winner’s Interview

Brown clearly has an extensive background in Pot Limit Omaha, as five of the six live cashes he has to his name included some form of PLO. In regards to his newfound success in No Limit Hold’em, Brown humbly stated, “I’ve played tournaments here and there, I’ve got, ya know, some idea of what I'm doing, but obviously, I’m a lot stronger PLO player. There were a lot better Hold’em players than me in this field, I obviously got insanely lucky with 18,000 people”.

Although, luck can’t be the only factor to attribute to Brown’s success: “A lot of my study came four or five years ago,” Brown commented, “I took almost two years off poker, decided to come back at the end of last year, early this year, and it’s been unbelievable in these last six months”.

With a huge, tournament-defining hero call under his belt, Brown simply commented, “It was good for the live stream”.

Having made two WSOP final tables in succession, the first being the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha event, Brown was pleased to remark, “These are the only WSOP events I’ve ever played”.

This certainly won’t be the last we hear from Brown in the 2023 World Series as he continued, “Given where I am now, Player of the Year seems like a decent opportunity, so I could see myself firing a lot”. With his eruption onto the live poker circuit in 2023, this certainly confirms speculation that Tyler Brown is one to watch.

That concludes PokerNews' coverage of this event, but the 2023 WSOP is far from over. Be sure to tune into PokerNews each day, as we bring you all of the action from every one of the bracelet-awarding events.

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