Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed

Sam Cosby Leads the Millionaire Maker

gaellej • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Sam Cosby
Sam Cosby

As the Millionaire Maker's massive field was cut down to size on Day 2, a few big names were left heading into Day 3 with a chipstack to match their ambitions of becoming the latest 2019 WSOP millionaire and claiming one of the marquee bracelets of the summer. Among those players hunting the $1 million-plus payday include Sam Cosby, the tournament reporter who took a summer off to play at the WSOP, after he emerged at the end of the day with a massive stack of 3,023,000. Cosby looks to be the only player above the 3 million mark but is followed in the early chip counts by Nathan Russler (2,443,000), 2015 Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (2,416,000), Kathy Liebert (1,375,00) and three-time bracelet winner Dutch Boyd (491,000).

A field of 2,268 began play in Monday's restart hoping for a share of the $11,892,150 prize pool. The winner will take home a first-place prize of $1,344,930. The first two flights brought in 8,809 entries in the multi-entry format, and only 309 players remain for Day 3.

The Day 2 action was fast from the off, with players flying out of the door and others, of course, making strides towards the top of the chipcounts. Cosby, however, left some of his success until very late in the day after winning a massive pot during the last level when he reraised all-in for 1,316,000 on a flop of {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}, against Richard Tuhrim who made the call after a long think.

Holding {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}, Cosby had to hit the board, but had two overs and the nut flush draw, facing Tuhrim's {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. The {4-Clubs} fell on the turn but the {8-Hearts} river completed the board, giving the flush to Cosby to claim the pot and take over the chip lead.

End of Day Recap

The money bubble burst in the middle of the day with 1,322 players making a minimum payout of $2,246, and thereafter, plenty of bracelets winner were busted, such as Phil Hellmuth ($2324) whose aces fell against jack-nine when his opponent found two pair on the board. He was followed by Michael Addamo ($2,421), John Racener ($2,545), Phillip Hui ($2,545), Adrian Mateos ($2,421), David Pham ($2,699), Justin Liberto ($2,545), Kyle Julius ($2,699) and the 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson ($3, 713) .

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Often among the biggest stacks of the tournament and the first player to reach a million chips, the Brazilian pro Joao Simao lost a huge part of his stack before the last break of the day when he pushed all in with ace-high and was called by his opponent with a pair of nines. He ended up bagging a comfortable stack of 1,891,000 for Day 3, but might be left thinking it could have been more.

A few other notables still alive at the end of the day include Kenny Hallaert (526,000), Steven van Zadelhoff (1,400,000), Calvin Anderson (1,674,00), Ramon Colillas (928,000), Arthur Conan (875,000), Matt Berkey (717,000), Ana Marquez (372,000) and current WSOP Player of the Year frontrunner Daniel Zack (338,000).

One of the last bustouts of the day was Maria Lampropulos who lost her last 37 big blinds four-bet shoving preflop with {j-}{j-} against her opponent, who held {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} who turned the nut flush.

Day 3 of this four-day event picks up on Monday at 12 noon with 10 more levels of play and a 15-minute break every two levels. Stay tuned on PokerNews for all the live updates.

Tags: Adrian MateosAna MarquezArthur ConanChris FergusonDavid PhamDutch BoydJoao SimaoJoe McKeehenJohn RacenerJustin LibertoKenny HallaertKyle JuliusMaria LampropulosMichael AddamoNathan RusslerPhil HellmuthPhillip HuiRamon ColillasRichard TuhrimSteven van Zadelhoff

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

gaellej • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Samuel Cosby us
Samuel Cosby
us 3,023,000 -217,000
Eli Laufer us
Eli Laufer
us 2,521,000 2,521,000
Nathan Russler us
Nathan Russler
us 2,443,000 -257,000
Joe McKeehen us
Joe McKeehen
us 2,416,000 456,000
Renato Kaneoya br
Renato Kaneoya
br 2,351,000 551,000
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us 2,277,000 2,117,900
[Removed:174] LT
LT 2,265,000 2,079,900
Ricky Welch us
Ricky Welch
us 1,920,000 1,826,700
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
br 1,891,000 1,431,000
Joshua Reichard us
Joshua Reichard
us 1,854,000 1,759,000
Jacob Naumann us
Jacob Naumann
us 1,808,000 620,000
Joshua Turner us
Joshua Turner
us 1,771,000 606,000
Kazuki Ikeuchi jp
Kazuki Ikeuchi
jp 1,743,000 1,605,200
Calvin Anderson us
Calvin Anderson
us 1,674,000 284,000
Seungmook Jung kr
Seungmook Jung
kr 1,613,000 1,372,500
Hunter Frey us
Hunter Frey
us 1,540,000 1,035,000
David Goodman us
David Goodman
us 1,511,000 1,410,900
Michael Matrone us
Michael Matrone
us 1,455,000 -61,000
Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
de 1,440,000 1,440,000
James Sievers us
James Sievers
us 1,430,000 1,358,000
Steven van Zadelhoff nl
Steven van Zadelhoff
nl 1,400,000 330,000
Joshua Gibson us
Joshua Gibson
us 1,390,000 1,137,000
Kathy Liebert us
Kathy Liebert
us 1,375,000 475,000
Seth Fischer us
Seth Fischer
us 1,370,000 -80,000
Conor Kelly us
Conor Kelly
us 1,369,000 1,281,900

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Play Has Halted for the Day

SandraBarbour • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

Play has halted for the day and the remaining players have bagged their chips. End-of-day chip counts and a recap will follow shortly.

Four More Hands

SandraBarbour • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

Four more hands will be played at each table before the remaining players bag and tag for the night.

Lampropulos Out

gaellej • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Maria Lampropulos
Maria Lampropulos

According to Maria Lampropulos, the cutoff player raised to 35,000 and she three-bet to 100,000 with 35 big blinds left. Her opponent shoved all in and she made the call with {j-}{j-}.

Her opponent, holding {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}, was in a flip situation and the board fell {4-}{4-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{5-}, giving him the nut flush on the turn and eliminating Lampropulos before the end of the day.

Maria Lampropulos ar
Maria Lampropulos
ar Busted

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Fischer Keeps Adding to His Stack

gaellej • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

On a raised four-way pot and a flop {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, the big blind player, Renato Kaneoya and a third player checked. Seth Fischer bet 50,000 in the cutoff position and the small blind shoved all in for a stack around 380,000. Kaneoya and the third player folded to create the following showdown:

Seth Fischer: {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
The small blind player: {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

The rest of the board fell {6-Spades}{6-Hearts} and Fischer eliminated his opponent.

Renato Kaneoya br
Renato Kaneoya
br 1,800,000 720,000
Seth Fischer us
Seth Fischer
us 1,450,000 1,352,600

Cosby Wins Massive Pot; Takes Over Chip Lead

SandraBarbour • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Sam Cosby
Sam Cosby

Richard Tuhrim opened to 32,000 from middle position and Samuel Cosby, on the cutoff, three-bet to 105,000. Action folded back to Tuhrim who four-bet to 300,000. Cosby stuck around with a call.

The flop came {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}, and Tuhrim fired 220,000. Cosby raised all-in for 1,316,000. Tuhrim went deep into the tank for a few minutes, and eventually a player called the clock on him. As soon, as the floor started the countdown, Tuhrim threw in chips, signifying a call.

Sam Cosby: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}
Richard Tuhrim: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The {4-Clubs} turn and {8-Hearts} river completed the board and Cosby rivered a flush to claim the pot, and take over the chip lead.

Samuel Cosby us
Samuel Cosby
us 3,240,000 1,910,000
Richard Tuhrim us
Richard Tuhrim
us 10,000 -375,000

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