2014 World Series of Poker

Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
Dias: 1a
Event Info

2014 World Series of Poker

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Prize Pool
Informações sobre o nível
250,000 / 500,000

Day 1a of Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em Makes History

Nível 9 : 300/600, 75 ante
Greg "FBT" Mueller is among the chip leaders to emerge from Day 1a of the Millionaire Maker
Greg "FBT" Mueller is among the chip leaders to emerge from Day 1a of the Millionaire Maker

With some poker prognosticators out there predicting that the game's popularity will soon fade, going the way of other fads which captured the collective consciousness before people moved on, today 4,722 players refuted that suggestion in fine style.

The World Series of Poker's "Millionaire Maker" event went from an experiment last year to a genuine extravaganza in 2014, as a truly massive field convened to pack the Rio from room to room. Each player in attendance harbored hopes of becoming the next Benny Chen, after the young grinder parlayed $1,500 into a $1,198,780 payday in last year's debut of the event. Last year Chen bested an enormous field of 6,343 entrants, and this year that number was eclipsed midway through the day.

Ten-handed tournament tables filled the Brasilia and Amazon Rooms, as well as the Pavilion, with overflow and alternates necessitating fourth area be set up outside of Buzio's restaurant. It seemed as if every poker player breathing the dry Las Vegas air on this fine Saturday morning all had the same idea: win a million bucks playing the game they love.

A long list of professionals were sprinkled throughout the swarms of amateurs, with far too many to recount in this space, but sufficed to say you're favorite pros were in the house here today. While WSOP legends like Barry Greenstein and Allen Cunningham were culled from the field early on, joining the long line of players heading over to the registration desk to pony up for tonight's second starting flight, quite a few notable names could be found on the chip bags by the end of Day 1a.

Matt Glantz (75,000), Greg "FBT" Mueller (72,000), David Sands (30,000), Scott Clements (28,000), David "ODB" Baker (27,000), Loni Harwoo (21,000), and Matt Salsberg (15,000) all managed to avoid the showers to earn a ticket to tomorrow's second day of play. When the tournament resumes at 2 p.m. local time (pushed back an hour from the original restart time), the historically large field will combine as one, and to put the numbers in perspective, take a look at the list below:

2006 WSOP Main Event8,773
2014 WSOP Millionaire Maker7,904 and rising
2010 WSOP Main Event7,319
2011 WSOP Main Event6,865
2008 WSOP Main Event6,844

With each of the WSOP Main Events above being played over multiple starting days, this makes today's Millionaire Maker the largest single starting day field in poker history, something that should give anybody who doubts poker's sustainability a reason to shelve their predictions for the foreseeable future.

Check back with PokerNews tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time to follow all of the flops and folds live from the floor of the Rio, as the 2014 WSOP Millionaire Maker rolls on.

Tags: Allen CunninghamBarry GreensteinBenny ChenDavid "ODB" BakerDavid SandsGreg MuellerMatt GlantzMatt SalsbergScott Clements

PokerNews Podcast Episode #219: Kabaragoya

Nível 3 : 50/100, 0 ante
Jason Somerville
Jason Somerville

The crew is back for another episode of the PokerNews Podcast from the 45th annual World Series of Poker. Jason Somerville talks about his 18th-place finish in the $1,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event, and the crew discusses the Jason Mo vs. Vanessa Selbst heads-up match along with Darren Elias' affinity for North Faces and the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Tags: Darren EliasJason SomervilleVanessa SelbstPokerNews Podcast

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Millionaire Maker Set to Start

Benny Chen
Benny Chen

The biggest turnout outside of the Main Event last year was the Millionaire Maker that saw Benny Chen make his way through 6,343 entrants to win a staggering $1,198,780. With over 4,500 players registered for today's Millionaire Maker another huge prize pool is expected and 1st place is guaranteed to take home seven figures. Others who made a deep run in this event last year include Dan Kelly (5th - $302,104) and Chris Hunichen (6th - $229,575).

There are two separate flights for this event with Day 1a taking place in moments and the second flight, Day 1b, starting at 5 p.m. local time. If players are eliminated in the first flight, they can fire a second bullet in the later session. There are nine levels scheduled for each flight and this event is a three day event. Those that make it through Day 1 will return to play an additional 10 levels tomorrow. On Monday they will play down until we have our millionaire.

Cards will be in the air shortly. PokerNews will be here for all the action so check back in often.