2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

Day 3 of Event # 6, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em "Millionaire Maker" in the Books

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Benny Chen
Benny Chen

More than 6,300 entrants made the first ever WSOP "Millionaire Maker" event a rousing success, as it attracted the largest ever single day turnout for a poker tournament, and today's Day 3 action set the stage for a memorable final table. We began play today with 133 players vying for the chance to take home a first place payday of $1,199,104, and despite the stacks remaining relatively deep as play commenced, the bustouts began occurring early and often.

One by one amateurs and pros alike took turns trying their hand at all-in confrontations, and many large multiway pots defined the days early stages. All told, over 100 runners were tripped up during the first few levels, with a select few players accumulating these discarded chips in steady fashion.

Dan Kelly, who captured his first WSOP bracelet in 2010 by winning the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max event, emerged as one of Day 3's most dangerous players, and by the end of ten hours of play he had built a stack of (4,130,000) with which to assault tomorrow's ten-handed final table.

Benny Chen bagged and tagged the most chips by the end of the night, leading the way with a stack of 5,865,000, followed closely by Kelly, and Justin Liberto (3,800,000). Below are the final ten players who will comprise that unofficial final table, along with their end of the day chip counts and seating assignments.

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Benny Chen5,865,000
2Jonathan Gray2,745,000
3Justin Liberto3,800,000
4Chris Hunichen3,430,000
5Joe Kuether1,365,000
6Dan Kelly4,130,000
7Robert McVeigh3,175,000
8Michael Bennington2,995,000
9Upeshka DeSilva550,000
10Theron Eichenberger595,000

Check back with PokerNews tomorrow at 1:00pm PST, as these ten hopefuls take to the felt and compete for the chance to become the first ever WSOP "Millionaire Maker" champion.

McVeigh is the King(s)

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

With the tournament clock stopped and only three hands left to play, Dan kelly and Robert McVeigh just couldn't resist engaging in one final skirmish before the night came to an end.

Kelly opened for 125,000 from UTG+1, and next to act, McVeigh followed with a reraise to 250,000. Kelly came along for the ride and the flop fell {J-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

A check by Kelly induced a bet of 450,000 from McVeigh, and Kelly sprung his trap with an all-in bet of 1.43 million effective. McVeigh snap-called with {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades} and his overpair to the board had Kelly's {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs} in a deep hole.

Turn: {9-Hearts}
River: {4-Hearts}

With no help on the turn or river, Kelly doubled McVeigh up on one of Day 3's last hands, but he still holds an above average stack heading into Day 4 play tomorrow.

Dan Kelly us
Dan Kelly
us 4,100,000 -1,200,000
Robert McVeigh us
Robert McVeigh
us 3,550,000 1,850,000


Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Joe Kuether's min-raise to 120,000 from early position was met with a flat call by Benny Chen, and the dealer fanned a flop of {K-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}. After Kuether tapped the table, Chen fired 175,000 into the middle, a bet which was called bu Kuether.

The turn card came {10-Hearts} and both players opted to slow down, bringing the {8-Clubs} on the river. This time, Kuether was not content to check, and he led out for 175,000.

Chen eventually raised the bet to 625,000 and Kuether looked him up, but found Chen's {9-Hearts}{7-Spades} to be the stone nuts.

Benny Chen ca
Benny Chen
ca 5,720,000 620,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 1,160,000 -1,595,000

Ten-Handed Final Table Action

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

The final ten players have redrawn for the unofficial final table, and during the first five hands of play, Dan Kelly claimed three small to medium sized pots.

Kelly has built his stack to just over 5.6 million making these moves, giving the young pro a bit of momentum entering Day 4 action tomorrow.

Jeffrey Hagen Eliminated in 11th Place ($82,205)

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Jeffrey Hagen - 11th Place
Jeffrey Hagen - 11th Place

Having managed a short stack effectively throughout Day 3's later levels, scoring a few fortunate double-ups from behind along the way, Jeffrey Hagen seemed destined to at least be among those returning for play tomorrow afternoon. Unfortunately, a misread with 20 minutes remaining to play tonight ended his tournament prematurely.

The action started when Hagen opened for 150,000 out of the cutoff, a bet which Jonathan Gray bumped to 400,000 from the button. Hagen flat called and the dealer spread a flop of {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}{7-Diamonds} across the felt.

When Hagen opted to check, Gray shoved all-in for 1.06 million, a bet which forced Hagen to a decision for his tournament life. It didn't take much thought for Hagen to decide his {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs} was good, but when Gray tabled the {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} he found out that his read was off base. The turn of {9-Clubs} offered no help to Hagen, and the {5-Diamonds} on the river sealed his demise. He will take home $82,205 for weaving his way through this massive field.

Jonathan Gray us
Jonathan Gray
us 2,850,000 1,520,000
Jeffrey Hagen US
Jeffrey Hagen
US Busted

Chen Chipping Up

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

First to act from under the gun, Benny Chen popped it to 125,000, and he called the three-bet to 280,000 made by Chris Hunichen out of the small blind.

On the {K-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop, Hunichen continued his line with a bet of 150,000, and Chen came along to see the turn card. After the {K-Diamonds} arrived, Hunichen slowed down and tapped the table, to which Chen responded with a bet of 320,000.

After some thought, Hunichen called Chen down and we were off to fifth street, which came {5-Diamonds}.

Another check by Hunichen elicited a big bet of 880,000 from Chen, an amount large enough to force him into the tank for at least five minutes. Finally, Hunichen surrendered the hand and Chen took down a huge pot to move over the 5 million chip mark.

Benny Chen ca
Benny Chen
ca 5,100,000 950,000
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
us 3,200,000 -550,000

Its Cooler This Way

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

From the hijack, Robert Mcveigh opened for 150,000 and Justin Liberto three-bet to 410,000. This prompted Liberto to four-bet the action to 1.15 million, and Liberto responded in kind with a five-bet shove.

Action of this sort typically suggests monster hands will be tabled, and this occassion was no exception.


Liberto: {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}
Mcveigh: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

The classic cooler put Liberto in great shape to double, and when a third king came on the {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} flop, he surged to an overwhelming lead in the hand. Mcveigh was drawing dead when the {2-Spades} turned, and the {9-Clubs} on the river was irrelevant.

Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
us 4,070,000 1,710,000
Robert McVeigh us
Robert McVeigh
us 1,700,000 -2,195,000

Hunichen's Chip Lead Chopped by Chen

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Benny Chen moved all-in from the big blind, shipping his last 2 million chips with {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}, and Chris Hunichen made the call from the button with {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}.

The two players were flipping coins for a chance to win a million dollars, and Chen called it correctly when the flop fell {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}{4-Diamonds}. Hunichen needed a jack to arrive on the turn or river, but the {10-Hearts} and {3-Spades} came instead.

With the loss, Hunichen's chip leadership has been lost, but both players still have above average chip stacks as the last level of Day 3 soldiers on.

Benny Chen ca
Benny Chen
ca 4,150,000 2,945,000
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
us 3,750,000 -2,115,000

Rodger Johnson Eliminated in 12th Place ($82,205)

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Rodger Johnson - 12th Place
Rodger Johnson - 12th Place

Michael Bennington stands out as one of the older competitors left in the field, but he recently crippled Rodger Johnson, showing that he still has some spring in his step.

Playing from under the gun, Bennington shoved all-in for 1.49 million, and Johnson returned the favor with an all-in move of his own.

The two tabled their hands, and Johnson's put him ahead of Bennington's .


With the arrival of a jack on the flop, Bennington took the lead, and blanks on the turn and river left Johnson's big slick as the losing hand.

This loss crippled Johnson, and soon after he was dismissed by Upehska Desilva, but he will collect $82,205 for his deep run here tonight.

Michael Bennington us
Michael Bennington
us 3,130,000 1,610,000
Rodger Johnson us
Rodger Johnson
us Busted