Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, $5M GTD, $1M to 1st

Event Info

Prize Pool $8,976,075
Players 6299

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 2,500,000 / 5,000,000
Ante 500,000
Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, $5M GTD, $1M to 1st
Day 3 Completed

Daniel Dvoress Wins 2020 WSOP Online Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,489,289)

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Daniel Dvoress
Daniel Dvoress

Daniel Dvoress has won Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER on GGPoker for a massive score of $1,489,289! The Canadian high roller, one of the most accomplished players without WSOP gold with over $15M in winnings on his Hendon Mob, defeated a 6,299-player field to capture his maiden bracelet.

Caio "Ez4ENCE" De Almeida of Brazil finished runner-up, making himself a millionaire in the process as well with $1,072,428. Russia's Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov completed the podium and received $772,251 for finishing third.

For some of the elite, crossing their name off the infamous "best player without a bracelet" short list might mean getting a monkey off their back. However, it wasn't the case for Dvoress — a fixture in high rollers across the globe — as he hasn't put himself into that spot to begin with, instead shying away from the limelight in Sin City. In an extensive feature with PokerNews leading up to the delayed MILLIONAIRE MAKER final table — the event was paused for six days to accommodate for livestreaming on Saturday — Dvoress touched on never having traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the WSOP.

Check out the PokerNews feature on Daniel Dvoress

"I'm likely missing out on some EV, especially with the Main Event, but have been enjoying taking previous summers off and focusing on things outside poker," he said, also citing an unfavorable tax treaty between the US and Canada as a reason. "Between other live events and the usually packed online schedule right before the summer with SCOOP and everything surrounding it, I'm usually pretty burned out by the summer and welcome the time to focus on health, fitness, and doing things outdoors."

But in 2020, the world is different. With COVID-19 turning the tournament calendar on its head, the online WSOP on GGPoker suddenly provided a unique opportunity for Dvoress to capture a prize that wasn't on his radar to begin with. And while he generally stays away from short-term poker goals where variance rears its head all too often, the fact was he had a rare chance to add to an already splendid resumé.

"While a bracelet wouldn't be the difference between success and failure, it would be a way to leave my mark in the WSOP forever," Dvoress said. Leave a mark he did, as his victory was nothing short of dominant. He maintained the chip lead start to finish and eliminated his final five opponents single-handedly — and in record fashion — to end the tournament in style.

2020 WSOP Online Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER Final Table Results

1Daniel DvoressCanada$1,489,289
2Caio "Ez4ENCE" De AlmeidaBrazil$1,072,428
3Anatoly "Mr_Deer" FilatovRussia$772,251
4Michael "MrFabulous" NugentCanada$556,095
5Alejandro "pepealas" CaridadArgentina$400,412
6Neville "NevSlater" Endo CostaBrazil$288,356
7Ronny KaiserSwitzerland$207,644
8Tomasz "SushiJanushi" CybulskiPoland$149,523
9Aneris "TaiwanNumba1" AdomkeviciusLithuania$107,671
The final hand
The final hand

Short Stacks Looking to Ladder

As a textbook example of how ICM affects final tables, the players competed into very shallow waters right off the bat with five out of nine stacks starting off below the 10 big blind mark. With each jump being worth at least $40,000, laddering up was on many a player's mind, which resulted in plays like Ronny Kaiser folding his blinds to leave himself half a big blind. Dvoress, meanwhile, put his chip lead to work, relentlessly flinging his chips around to put the pressure on the other finalists.

The blinds even moved up after the first hand, making it one of the shallowest final tables in recent memory. One of the shorties had to budge soon and it would be Aneris "TaiwanNumba1" Adomkevicius to break first, followed by Tomasz "SushiJanushi" Cybulski before Ronny Kaiser's short stack adventure would end. All three players busted out holding three or fewer big blinds.

While not being involved in the eliminations up to that point, Dvoress was active in every other hand, picking up tons of blinds and antes with his ubiquitous shoves to never see his chip lead come under threat at any stage. He'd go on to eliminate the remaining players starting with Neville "NevSlater" Endo Costa, who also had just three big blinds in his final hand.

Anatoly Filatov
Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov finished in 3rd place ($772,251)

Dvoress Finishes It in Style

If there was a time at the final table where Dvoress' lead was slightly challenged, it would be after the hand where Caio "Ez4ENCE" De Almeida doubled through the chip leader. Not to be denied, Dvoress won the next four hands uncontested to distance himself from De Almeida and the others again.

After the break, the Canadian separated himself even further when Caridad would fall with queen-jack against his eights in the biggest pot of the tournament up until that point. Within mere minutes, the tournament was over as Dvoress also eliminated Nugent and Filatov in short order, before making quick work of De Almeida in two hands.

In the final hand, the Brazilian's crumbs went in with king-eight. Dvoress looked him up with the king-queen and held up to make good on his opportunity. Due to the massive prize pool of nearly $9 million, De Almeida also became a poker millionaire for his second-place finish.

While the MILLIONAIRE MAKER may be over, the $10k Heads-up is in full swing. Follow along with PokerNews live coverage of this event right here.

Caio "Ez4ENCE" De Almeida Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,072,428)

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The final hand
The final hand

It took just two hands of heads-up for Daniel Dvoress to conquer his maiden WSOP bracelet. In the first hand, Dvoress and Caio "Ez4ENCE" De Almeida saw a {9-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop together. De Almeida checked, Dvoress bet 5,000,000, De Almeida check-raised to 13,000,000, Dvoress shoved and the Brazilian folded.

Left with just a little over 25M, those chips quickly flew in the middle in the subsequent hand. Dvoress beat him to the pot with a call.

Caio "Ez4ENCE" De Almeida: {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Daniel Dvoress: {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}

The {6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop left Almeida in need of an eight or a runner-runner. The {7-Hearts} turn opened up the straight draw as well, but after a lengthy peel, the river card came up short with the {3-Hearts} to eliminate De Almeida in second place. He'll also leave the tournament a millionaire; his runner-up finish was worth an astonishing $1,072,428.

Daniel Dvoress ca 314,292,047 44,568,368
Caio "Ez4ENCE" De Almeida BR Busted

Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov Eliminated in 3rd Place ($772,251)

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Anatoly Filatov
Anatoly Filatov

Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov moved all in on the button for a little over 40M and Daniel Dvoress put him at risk from the small blind.

Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Daniel Dvoress: {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}

The {6-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} board failed to improve the Russian pro, leaving Dvoress and Caio De Almeida heads-up for the bracelet.

Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov eliminated in 3rd place
Daniel Dvoress ca 269,723,679 59,511,748
Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov RU Busted

Michael "MrFabulous" Nugent Eliminated in 4th Place ($556,095)

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In the hand after Caridad's elimination, Daniel Dvoress shoved all in from the small blind and Michael "MrFabulous" Nugent called all in for 26,621,718 in the big blind.

Michael "MrFabulous" Nugent: {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}
Daniel Dvoress: {5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}

The {4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{10-Hearts} flop improved Dvoress to two pair but left Nugent with a wheel draw. It wouldn't come in on the {6-Clubs} turn and {4-Clubs} river to end his bid in fourth place.

Daniel Dvoress ca 210,211,931 33,121,718
Michael "MrFabulous" Nugent CA Busted

Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad Eliminated in 5th Place ($400,412)

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Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad eliminated in 5th place
Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad eliminated in 5th place

Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad shoved all in for 64,536,778 from the cutoff and Daniel Dvoress, the only player covering him, called all in from the big blind.

Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad: {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Daniel Dvoress: {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}

The flop came down {3-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} to keep Dvoress in the lead, but the {9-Hearts} turn opened up straight- as well as counterfeit-outs for Caridad. The river bricked with the {7-Clubs} and Caridad was gone in 5th place, picking up more than $400K.

Daniel Dvoress ca 177,090,213 68,036,778
Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad AR Busted

Dvoress Wins Post-Flop Against Caridad

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It's been a long while since a flop was seen — in fact, it was likely the first actual flop play of the final table. Daniel Dvoress raised to 10,000,000 on the button and Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad called from the big blind. On a {10-Spades}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop, Caridad check-folded to a 6,000,000 bet from Dvoress.

Daniel Dvoress ca 109,053,435 6,000,000
Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad AR 68,536,778 8,500,000


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The five remaining players are on a 6-minute break.

Daniel Dvoress ca 103,053,435 9,000,000
Caio "Ez4ENCE" De Almeida BR 63,568,368 -12,100,000
Alejandro "pepealas" Caridad AR 60,036,778 -26,700,000
Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov RU 45,011,748 -6,000,000
Michael "MrFabulous" Nugent CA 42,621,718 -1,000,000

Nugent Doubles Through Dvoress, Gives Back to Filatov

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Daniel Dvoress picked up the blinds and antes four hands in a row uncontested to gain a lot back from the earlier lost hand. In the next hand, Dvoress shoved all in from the small blind and Michael "MrFabulous" Nugent called all in for 26,688,796 in the big blind.

Michael "MrFabulous" Nugent: {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Daniel Dvoress: {j-Spades}{3-Spades}

The best hand remained during the {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} rundown for Nugent to double up. However, in the next hand, it would be Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov to claim Nugent's new-found wealth.

Filatov shoved all in for 21,755,874 with the {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and Nugent called with the {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}. The board came down {3-Hearts}{7-Spades}{9-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and Filatov doubled to over ten big blinds.

Daniel Dvoress ca 94,053,435 -16,788,796
Anatoly "Mr_Deer" Filatov RU 51,011,748 10,455,874
Michael "MrFabulous" Nugent CA 43,621,718 10,332,922

GGPoker Donates Over $350,000 After Huge WSOP Online Charity Event

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COVID Charity
The COVID Relief tournament was a big success

Event 33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief (Caesars Cares) ended this past Sunday. Alek Stasiak was the eventual winner taking home $343,203 and a gold bracelet. Typically a story like this is all we have at the end of a poker tournament. We follow the big names and love hearing about someone unknown making a deep run and how it came about. Event 33 gave us that story and much more.

The tournament attracted 2,323 participants, who each donated $111 of their buy-in to the Caesars Cares assistance fund; this fund supports Caesars Entertainment team members across the U.S. who have suffered unanticipated hardships as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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