Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
Anderson Among Top Stacks After Day 1a of Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Greer Leads
A large total of 3,930 entries filled the Brasilia, Pavilion and Amazon Rooms at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for Day 1a of Event #19: MILLIONAIRE MAKER -$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Out of all those entries, 968 players have made it through to Day 2 that will be playing out on Sunday, June 9. Taking the chip lead honors for Day 1a is Garrett Greer with 570,600, closely followed by Calvin Anderson who bagged and tagged 563,600 in chips at the end of the day.
Anderson already had a big stack as the day was winding down but his stack increased exponentially when he eliminated two opponents in a massive pot on the last hand of the day, putting him closely behind Greer in the end-of-day counts.
A few other well known players who bagged large stacks were Keith Lehr (383,000) who ended up playing today’s Day 1a after his participation in the semifinals of the $10,000 NL Hold’em Heads Up Championship was delayed until Saturday, as well as Chris Hunichen (366,800), Michael Dyer (251,100), and Joe McKeehen (204,300).
Several of the biggest names in poker participated in today’s action and among those who bagged a stack were Ben Heath (147,400) who is looking for his 2nd bracelet of the summer, Melanie Weisner (98,500), Chris Ferguson (71,700), Justin Bonomo (28,500) and Phil Hellmuth (122,600) who entered the day late and quickly ran up his stack to a nice number before the day expired.
Not everyone was able to make it through to the next day of play. Players like Allen Cunningham, Toby Lewis, Jamie Gold and Scott Davies saw their stacks run down to zero before the conclusion of play.
But they and others will all be able to try again on Saturday, June 8 for Day 1b, which starts at 10am local time. The players that manage to survive either of these starting flights will be returning to play on Day 2 on Sunday, June 10, at 12 pm local time.
PokerNews will continue to provide live updates for the Millionaire Maker in its entirety as we will see who will realize their dream to become the next poker millionaire and win a WSOP bracelet!
End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)
Calvin Anderson Rises High in Very Last Hand of the Day
After almost every table had already bagged their chip and headed out of the room, a three-way massive hand was developing.
The flop read . After each player thought it over for a while, they ended up all in.
Calvin Anderson had both of his opponents covered as he held the . One of the all in players held while Marton Czuczor had a set with .
The turn launched Anderson into the lead when it came the . And the river did not pair the board and remained diamond free as the fell to send two players home busted on the last hand while Anderson amassed their surrendered chips.
Lehr Cracks O'Hara's Kings
Keith Lehr had raised and Ian O'Hara moved all in for under 30,000. Lehr called and the cards were turned up.
O'Hara was ahead but Lehr spiked both of his two outs on the board and the king on the river couldn't change anything. Lehr added to his piles and he's likely to finish the day among chip leaders.
Berkey Jams on Stoffmaker
From middle position, Matt Berkey checked to Harley Stoffmaker on a flop of . Stoffmaker fired 7,500 from the button, Berkey called, and they continued to the turn.
Berkey checked again and Stoffmaker sized his second barrel at 12,500. Berkey paused for a moment and then he moved all in for about 75,000 or so. Stoffmaker let it go.
McKeehen Rivers Straight
Joe McKeehen was in the big blind, check-calling 8,000 from a player in the middle position when the action was picked up on the turn.
The river came and McKeehen opted to lead 16,500. He earned a call and tabled for a rivered straight, prompting a muck from the other player.
Hellmuth Climbs Further
With on the board, Phil Hellmuth, who was under the gun, had bet around 6,500 and his opponent from middle position raised to 21,000.
Hellmuth didn't spend much time before he verbally announced that he was calling, and the other player rolled over for two pair. Hellmuth turned up for a flopped set and scooped the pot, vaulting to 110,000 or so.
Hellmuth Shows Aggression
On a flop that read Phil Hellmuth check raised his opponent. After thinking for a couple of seconds his opponent called.
The turn was the . Hellmuth quickly announced a bet of 17,000 and cut out the chips, which garnered a fold.
Moorman Under Ten Bigs
Chris Moorman was in the big blind, betting 4,200 with the board reading . He was up against the under-the-gun player who announced he was all in, covering Moorman's 19,400. Moorman let his hand go and continued with 15,200.