Today at 1:00pm PST local time ten players will take their seats here in the Amazon Room, each hoping to capture the summer's largest 1st place payout to date by become the first ever "Millionaire Maker" champion. Along with a gold WSOP bracelet, which is only the most coveted prize in poker, the winner here today will take home a massive haul of $ $1,199,104, in addition to the unique pride that comes from tearing through a record-setting field of over 6,343 runners.
Yesterday's Day 3 saw heated action between deep stacked players, with 60 big blinds or more routinely getting shipped int the middle to force multiway all-in confrontations. After losing nearly 100 players in the first two levels of play, the proceedings slowed somewhat, and eventually our top ten emerged from the fray.
Benny Chen bagged and tagged the most chips by the end of the night, leading the way with a stack of 5,865,000, followed closely by Dan Kelly (4,130,000), and Justin Liberto (3,800,000), Chris Hunichen (3,430,000), and Robert McVeigh (3,175,000).
Kelly, the holder of a WSOP bracelet from the 2010 $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max event, was a threat all day, engaging his opponents frequently in postflop action and steadily building his stack. He enters the unofficial final table as one of the most talented players remaining, and with his big stack, he will be in position to keep climbing.
Here is the final table lineup, along with chip counts and seating assignments, and there will be no redraw at the first elimination, so the players will do battle from these positions from here on out.
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