2021 World Series of Poker Europe End Boss Poker Series BetMGM
Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a Completed

Ryan Welch Looks Like Early LeaderNear the Top After Day 1a

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Ryan Welch
Ryan Welch

Day 1a of Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em has come to a close after the first eight levels of play have wrapped up. A massive field of 3,713 players came out for the first of two starting flights, and former World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Ryan Welch is contending for the chip lead. He bagged up 68,450, although we'll have to wait for the official counts from the WSOP before verifying if he topped this flight or not. There is also an entire batch of players in the Day 1b flight, so someone could emerge with plenty more chips later tonight.

The story of the day wasn't so much the poker being played, but rather the insanely large turnout for the event. All day long the registration lines were stretched far down the hallways, but seemed to move fairly fast. For several hours of the day, the event had players in all three rooms inside the Rio. This field has already crushed the record previously held for the largest $1,500 no-limit hold'em event at the WSOP, and it stands to become one of the largest poker tournaments of all time. Despite the unique payout structure that will be used for this event, the attraction of a guaranteed $1 million for first place had players storming through the doors.

Some of the notables advancing from Day 1a were gold bracelet winners John Monnette, Tristan Wade, Timothy Adams and Jake Cody. Micah Raskin, Kenny Nguyen, Dennis Phillips, Dani Stern and Rupert Elder were amongst those to advance as well.

862 from the 3,713 entered made it thorugh to day 2 but right now we're going to kick things over to PokerNews' Day 1b coverage. It's been a fun, record-setting day, but it's not over yet!

Tags: Ryan Welch

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

donpeters • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
Harrison Beach US
Harrison Beach
US 76,875
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru
Vladimir Geshkenbein
ru 70,000
Ryan Welch us
Ryan Welch
us 68,450
Kenny Nguyen us
Kenny Nguyen
us 67,000 67,000
Joe Rutledge us
Joe Rutledge
us 63,925
Derek Chisholm GB
Derek Chisholm
GB 62,775
Jeremiah Vinsant US
Jeremiah Vinsant
US 60,625
Blake Cahail us
Blake Cahail
us 60,475
Walter Moorhead US
Walter Moorhead
US 57,900
Alex Findlay US
Alex Findlay
US 57,725
Cody Cooley US
Cody Cooley
US 56,300
Dm Delvecchio US
Dm Delvecchio
US 56,125
Alex Muscarella us
Alex Muscarella
us 56,000
Charles Blumenthal US
Charles Blumenthal
US 55,850
Stephanie Dao CA
Stephanie Dao
CA 55,250
Deepak Nandakumar US
Deepak Nandakumar
US 54,975
Kevin Wright ca
Kevin Wright
ca 54,725
Michael Zuckerman us
Michael Zuckerman
us 54,700
John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 54,600 4,600
Champie Douglas us
Champie Douglas
us 54,575
Kenneth Douglas CA
Kenneth Douglas
CA 54,300
Michael Bennington us
Michael Bennington
us 54,125
David Laski US
David Laski
US 51,700
Niel Mittelman us
Niel Mittelman
us 51,225
Craig Schauer us
Craig Schauer
us 49,775

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Three More Hands

donpeters • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the players will be playing out three more hands before bagging and tagging.

Dentale Gets a Fold From Jaka

donpeters • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

Faraz Jaka fired a bet of 850 on the paired flop of {4-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. His opponent, Mike Dentale, made the call in position. From there, the dealer added the {2-Hearts} to the turn, putting trip deuces on board. After Jaka checked, Dentale bet 1,300. Jaka took some time, then folded, and Dentale won the pot.

Mike Dentale us
Mike Dentale
us 20,500 -1,500
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 18,000

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