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.
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.