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The first weekend of the 2013 WSOP brought us the Millionaire MakerTM, a $1,500 NLH tournament guaranteeing a $1M first place prize. The tournament delivered. A total of 6,343 entered, making this the largest non-Main Event live field.
First place will bank $1,198,780.
A total of 862 players remain going into Day 2. Some notables in the field include Blair Hinkle, James Carroll, Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler, Maria Ho, a woman, Steve O’Dwyer, Scott Seiver, TJ Cloutier!!!, Jason Mercier, and of course Somnath Nirakari.
Get full chip counts here.
In other 2013 WSOP news…
:: Event #2 ($5,000 NLH 8-Max) – Trevor Pope rode his more-than-half-the-chips-in-play starting final table stack to victory. He earned $553,906 for the win. Get a final table recap here.
:: Event #3 ($1,000 NLH Re-Entry) – Canada’s Charles Sylvestre defeats a friends and family final tableTM to earn $491,360. Get the full recap here.
:: Event #4 ($1,500 NLH Six-Handed) – Former WSOP ME champ Joe Cada goes for his second bracelet, entering final table play fifth in chips. Get the full final table stacks here.
:: Event #5 ($2,500 Omaha/7CS 8oB) – A total of 19 remain in this one. Still alive, although among the short-stacks, are Daniel Negreamu, Julie “Stack Em to the Top” Schneider, Mike Matusow, and David “Bakes” Baker. Get full chip counts here.
* Photo Courtesy of BLUFF Magazine.