After attracting a whopping 7,361 entries over the course of two starting flights, only 155 returned on Day 3 of Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER at the 2018 World Series of Poker. It took ten levels of 60-minutes each to whittle the field down to their last 17 hopefuls, who will return on Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. local time at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Each of the remaining players is guaranteed $51,188, but only one player will be able to call themselves a millionaire after collecting the jaw-dropping first place prize of $1,173,223 that awaits the champion.
Chad Hahn is at the head of the pack with 6,525,000 chips. Already boasting $101,809 total in live tournament earnings, this will be Hahn's second WSOP cash, and he's in prime position to make it one to remember. Close behind are Sean Marshall (6,160,000), who already cashed the MILLIONAIRE MAKER last year (813th, $2,659) and Manuel Ruivo (5,900,000)
With the seven-figure first-place prize, this event attracted plenty of notables from across the globe. The biggest standout left is none other than 2015 Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (4,210,000). If McKeehen would go on to make the final table, he'd be the first player ever to final table the Main Event (2015), the Monster Stack (2014), the $100,000 One Drop (2016), and the Millionaire Maker.
Although Manig Loeser (3,040,000) may usually be spotted in tournaments that sport at least one more zero in the buy-in, the German high roller added the MILLIONAIRE MAKER to his schedule and nimbly navigated the minefield to join the final 17. Poker icon Barny Boatman is also amongst the last standing competitors as well. Sporting the smallest stack of 1,150,000, the Brit has his work cut out for him if he's to win a third bracelet.
The eliminations were fast and furious today as many famous faces and bracelet winners fell along the way. Joseph Cheong (23th, $40,898), Kyle Hartree (25th, $40,898), Rob Brown (36th, $32,927), JC Tran (42th, $26,713), Eddy Sabat (49th, $21,839), Steve Sung (59th, $17,995), James Calderaro (74th, 12,508), Elio Fox (92th, $8,976), and Greg Merson (94th, $8,976) were among those that made a sizable cash, but failed to advance to Day 4.
Play will resume on Wednesday, June 13 at 11 A.M. local time. The 17 remaining will be playing down to a winner with 15-minute breaks scheduled after every two levels and a one-hour dinner break after the sixth level (approximately 5:30 P.M.).
Make sure to check back at PokerNews for continued coverage of the MILLIONAIRE MAKER as we crown a new millionaire!