2023 Wynn Millions

$3,500 Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2023 Wynn Millions

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
300,000 / 600,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

$3,500 Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Michael Dyer Bags Big Lead After Day 1a of $3,500 Main Event

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Michael Dyer
Michael Dyer

It was a star-studded field for Day 1a of the $3,500 Main Event at the 2023 Wynn Millions festival being held at the Wynn/Encore Poker Room. A total of 342 entries were recorded and the field was whittled down to just 98 players advancing to Day 2ab on Monday, March 6.

When the dust settled around the midnight hour, it was Michael Dyer who comfortably held the chip lead with a massive stack of 516,000 chips. Dyer was in control of the lead for most of the second half of the day, and continued to collect chips as the night dragged on. The American poker pro can often be seen playing the mid-stakes events throughout the United States along with many online events. However, Dyer put his name on the poker map with a third-place finish at the 2018 WSOP Main Event where he earned his lone seven-figure payday of $3,750,000.

It wasn't all fun and games for Dyer as he was forced to use a second bullet early in the day. On the very first hand in the opening level, Dyer was put to the test for his entire stack by Eric Baldwin. Dyer opted to lay his hand down on the river but with half of his stack gone already, he was soon off to the registration desk for a reentry. Dyer made the most of his fresh stack of 40,000 chips, quickly spinning it up at a new table.

When the players return for Day 2ab, he will be joined by other big stacks including Raj Ramakrishnan who accumulated the second largest stack of 378,000. Nick Palma (368,500), Justin Liberto (362,500), and Scott Eskenazi (323,500) all had very successful days as well, having to just use one entry apiece.

Top 10 Leaderboard from Day 1a

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Michael DyerUnited States516,000
2Raj RamakrishnanUnited States378,000
3Nick PalmaUnited States368,500
4Justin LibertoUnited States362,500
5Andrew LimUnited States340,000
6Scott EskenaziUnited States323,500
7Matthew WantmanUnited States306,500
8Chan Woo KimUnited States301,000
9Eric BaldwinUnited States299,500
10Andrew MorenoUnited States267,000

Many players were forced to the registration desk on multiple occasions throughout the day with an unlimited number of reentries and late registration open until the start of level 9. Among those were Chino Rheem who used four entries but finally managed to bag a stack of 96,500. Ren Lin, on the other hand, used four entries but was eliminated in the last level of the night, and will have to return for another flight if he wishes to advance.

The cards will be back in the air at 12 p.m. local time tomorrow for a much-anticipated Day 1b where the field is expected to be even larger. Another ten levels will be on tap for Day 1 with all of the players advancing to the same Day 2ab on Monday. Overall, it was a great turnout for the first flight in the Main Event that is on pace to crush the guaranteed prize pool of $3,000,000.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be here with you all of the way to provide all of the latest updates and hand histories throughout the event.

Tags: Andrew MorenoChino RheemEric BaldwinJustin LibertoMatthew WantmanMichael DyerNick PalmaRaj RamakrishnanRen LinScott Eskenazi

End of Night Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Michael Dyer us
Michael Dyer
516,000 -25,000
Raj Ramakrishnan us
Raj Ramakrishnan
378,000 378,000
Nick Palma us
Nick Palma
368,500 -11,500
Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
362,500 200,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Andrew Lim us
Andrew Lim
340,000 340,000
Scott Eskenazi us
Scott Eskenazi
323,500 -10,500
WPT 1X Winner
Matthew Wantman us
Matthew Wantman
306,500 270,000
WPT 1X Winner
Chan Woo Kim us
Chan Woo Kim
301,000 301,000
Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
299,500 -5,500
WSOP 2X Winner
Connor Stuewe us
Connor Stuewe
288,000 288,000
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
267,000 87,000
Jeffrey Farnes us
Jeffrey Farnes
240,000 -15,000
James Miller us
James Miller
231,000 231,000
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
231,000 64,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Tongguang Sun cn
Tongguang Sun
218,000 163,000
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
WSOP 2X Winner
Samuel Laskowitz us
Samuel Laskowitz
210,500 38,500
Shawn Daniels us
Shawn Daniels
203,500 203,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Cliff Ziff us
Cliff Ziff
203,000 9,000
Rafael Reis br
Rafael Reis
186,500 186,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Marty Mathis us
Marty Mathis
183,000 183,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
176,500 176,500
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
175,000 -37,000
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Javier Gomez Zapatero es
Javier Gomez Zapatero
175,000 45,000
Orestis Kanakopoulos gr
Orestis Kanakopoulos
174,000 174,000

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Play Has Concluded

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Day 1a has come to an end with 98 players advancing to Day 2 which will take place on Monday. A recap of the day's action along with full chip counts will be posted shortly.

Eskenazi Makes a Straight Flush in Four-Way All In

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

With just a few hands left in the night, the shorter stacks were looking to get their chips in the middle with the chance of a reentry in the later flights. At one table, there were multiple short stacks and they all opted to get their chips in the middle.

The shortest stack was all in for 15,500 while Daniel Rezaei was at risk for 28,000. Ryan Leng was all in for 42,000 and Scott Eskenazi had them all covered as the big stack.

Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Daniel Rezaei: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Ryan Leng: {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Scott Eskenazi: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

The board ran out {q-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Hearts}{j-Spades}{9-Spades} and for a moment, Rezaei thought he won the pot with the nut flush, but upon further inspection, Eskenazi rivered a straight flush to eliminate all of the short stacks.

Player Chips Progress
Scott Eskenazi us
Scott Eskenazi
334,000 81,000
WPT 1X Winner
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
WSOP 3X Winner
Daniel Rezaei at
Daniel Rezaei

Tags: Scott EskenaziRyan LengDaniel Rezaei

Kornuth Cracks Cowboys

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

The action was picked up when the small blind player moved all in preflop for close to 80,000 and was called by Chance Kornuth who had a slightly bigger stack.

Opponent: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Chance Kornuth: {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

Kornuth was in need of help and when the flop came {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{9-Spades}, it was the flopped ace that turned the tables on the hand. The {4-Hearts} and {5-Spades} completed the board and the ace-queen for Kornuth scored the massive pot to send his opponent to the exit close to the end of day.

Player Chips Progress
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
212,000 47,000
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Chance Kornuth

Romero Gets a Standing Double

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

James Romero raised it up from the hijack with his chair pushed back and standing on his feet. The cutoff three-bet to 15,000 and the action folded back to Romero who one-handed shipped his stack into the middle for 52,500. His opponent asked for a count and then called it off.

James Romero: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

Romero was in good shape and the flop of {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts} put him even further ahead. The {9-Spades} on the turn locked up the pot as his opponent was drawing dead to the {10-Hearts} on the river. Romero collected the double-up and continued to stand for the duration of the night.

Player Chips Progress
James Romero us
James Romero
110,000 47,000
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: James Romero

More Chips for Dyer Before the Night Ends

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Kevin Javier opened to 4,500 in middle position and Michael Dyer three-bet to 11,500 on his left. The action folded back to Javier who called to see a flop of {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}.

Both players checked through to the {10-Diamonds} on the turn and the {q-Diamonds} on the river. Javier finally made a bet of 11,000 on the river only to have Dyer raise to 32,000. Javier gave it some thought but eventually sent his cards into the muck.

Player Chips Progress
Michael Dyer us
Michael Dyer
541,000 116,000
Kevin Javier ca
Kevin Javier

Tags: Michael DyerKevin Javier

Zapatero Gets the Better of Simao

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Javier Gomez Zapatero raised it up from middle position and Joao Simao reraised to 15,000 from the small blind. Zapatero called and the dealer fanned the flop of {a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}.

Simao continued with a bet of 5,500 and Zapatero called to see the {8-Clubs} on the turn. Simao slowed down with a check this time but Zapatero made a bet of 12,000. Simao called and the {3-Hearts} completed the board.

Simao checked again and Zapatero threw in a bet of 22,000. Simao gave it some thought but decided to lay his hand down, giving the pot to Spaniard.

Player Chips Progress
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
215,000 44,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Javier Gomez Zapatero es
Javier Gomez Zapatero
130,000 78,400

Tags: Joao SimaoJavier Gomez Zapatero