Busy hump day at the Rio in Las Vegas with multiple events playing down to a champion including the highly-popular running of the donks known as the Milly Maker. The winner gets at least a cool million as terms of this clever marketing scheme cooked up by suits in a boardroom somewhere. This year's Milly Maker banked $1.3M for almost a week of work, which isn't that bad all things considered.
Along the way a few other bracelets were awarded in 8-Game, DOUBLESTACK NL, and DEEPSTACK PLO.
DOUBLESTACK played down from 3,253 to a champion and LA's Jorden Fox snatched up his first bracelet.
Andrew Donabedian won his first bracelet when he shipped the DEEPSTACK PLO for $205K. He outlasted a final table that included the one and only Capt. Tom Franklin.
Back in 2009, Rami Boukai won a HA bracelet (PLH and PLO). He waited a full decade to win a second bracelet with a sweet score in Event #23 8-Game. Boukai also denied Chainsaw Kessler his first bracelet.
Event #19 $1,500 NL - Millionaire Maker - Final Results
Another day, another record-setting field at the 2019 World Series of Poker at the Rio during its 50th anniversary.
The largest-ever Milly Maker attracted 8,809 runners, which set a new record. The prize pool this year nearly topped $11.9 million. The top 1,322 places paid out, which is redonkulous. Most of the cheesecake went to the champion and the top three places with third place walking away with $619K and the runner-up winning $830K.
The final table of the Milly Maker included Corey Albertson. He was probably the biggest name among the final nine that also included John Gorsuch, Kazuki Ikeuchi, Lokesh Garg, Vincas Tamasauskas, Josh Thibodaux, Bob Shao, Fabian Gumz and Josh Reichard.
Corey Albertson's epic run ended in sixth place, which paid out a nifty $267K. Not to shabby, eh?
Vincas Tamasauskas from Lithuania busted in fourth place. He took home $464K for a week of work. Lokesh Garg busted in third place, which set up a heads-up battle between Japan's Kazuki Ikeuchi and John Gorsuch from Florida.
When the dust settled, John Gorsuch walked away with the title, the bracelet, and $1.3M in cash.
Kazuki Ikeuchi earned a second-place payout worth $830,783.
Other notables and familiar faces who went deep and cashed in the Top 300 of the Milly Maker included... Ana Marquez, Steven van Zadelhoff, Keith Lehr, Joao Simao, Cal Anderson, Viet Vo, Tony Spinella, Joe McKeehen, Aaron Massey, Vinny Puhuja, Olivier Busquet, Joey Wiessman, Justin Young, Kathy Liebert, Wook Kim, JC Tran, Jared Grenier, Dan Strelitz, Matt Berkey, Kevin MacPhee, Scott Clements, Shawn Buchanan, Kenny Hallaert, Jan Von Halle, DJ MacKinnon, Nick Maimone, Conor Drininan, and Brock Parker.
2019 WSOP - Event #19 $1,500 NL - Millionaire Maker
Prize Pool: $11,892,150
Final Table Results:
1. John Gorsuch (USA) $1,344,930
2. Kazuki Ikeuchi (Japan) $830,783
3. Lokesh Garg (USA) $619,017
4. Vincas Tamasauskas (Lithuania) $464,375
5. Josh Thibodaux (USA) $350,758
6. Cory Albertson (USA) $266,771
7. Bob Shao (USA) $204,306
8. Fabian Gumz (Germany) $157,565
9. Josh Reichard (USA) $122,37
Event #22 $1,000 NL DOUBLESTACK - Final Results
2019 WSOP Event #22 $1,000 NL DOUBLESTACK attracted 3,253 runners. They boosted the prize pool to $2.9 million. The top 485 places paid out with a heady $420K to first place.
The final table for the DOUBLESTACK included... Jorden Fox, Christopher Andler, Jayachandra Gangaiah, Andrew Glauberg, Scott Vener, Marco Garcia, Simon Legat, and Ryan Teves.
LA-based pro Jorden Fox banked $420,693 and his first bracelet for the win. Jayachandra Gangaiah earned a runner-up prize worth $259,834. France's Simon Legat took fourth for $142K.
Atrayon Trevino bubbled the final table in tenth place. Notables who went deep and cashed included.... Erkut Yilmaz, Cosmin Joldis, Yin Wu, Kelly Minkin, James Ochs, Jen Tilly, Tom Hall, Maria Ho, James Brown, Adam Levy, Max Lykov, Maning Loeser, Simon Deadman, Anton Wigg, Dan Ott, Ryan Laplante, Wade Fink, James Little, Jack Duong, Byron Kaverman, Andrew Lichtenberger, Minh Nguyen, Blair Hinkle, Tim West, Lee Childs, Scott Caldwell, Jack Summer, Stevie Beck, Antoine Saout, Tony Lamps, Alex Dickson, Mike Wilson, Corey Hauser, Mike Finger, Feng Bao and Didier Danjard.
Event #23 $1,500 Eight Game Mix - Final Results
Over in the 8-Game mix event, which attracted mixed-game specialists far and wide, they got 612 runners and a prize pool worth $826,200. The top 92 places paid out with $177K set aside to the champion.
Rami Boukai from San Diego outlasted everyone in the 8-Game Mix field to win his second bracelet. He won his first piece of bling a decade ago with a victory in a PLH/PLO event during the peak of the glorious poker boom.
Vladimir Shchemelev bubbled the final table in seventh place. Other notables who went deep included... Chris Vitch Chris Bjorin, Noah Bronstein, Fred Brink, Corey Zeidman, Matt Glantz, Alex Rocha, Ismael Bojang, Jeff Madness, Ivo Donev, Jen Harman, Al Barbieri, Mark Gregorich, Sean Yu, Jimmy Fricke, Sampo Ryynanen, ODB Baker, Marco Johnson, Phil Hellmuth, Yuval Bronshtein, Jameson Painer, Miami John, Shaun Deeb, Max Pescatori, Alex Foxen, and Chip Jett.
Event #25 $600 PLO DEEPSTACK - Final Results
Andrew Donabedian advanced to the final table with Todd Dryer, Florian Fuchs, Ale Condon, Tom Franklin, Alex Ivan, Mihai Niste, Corey Wright, and Rob Valden.
Capt. Tom Franklin cashed in his third event at the 2019 WSOP. He made another final table but could not win his second bracelet. Capt. Tom busted in seventh place.
Andrew Donabedian picked off Todd Dreyer heads-up for the victory and $205,605 in cash. Oh, and plus the bling.