We commented on Twitter recently how the WSOP Millionaire Maker had the feel of Main Events from around 2005-06. There was a lot of buzz, excitement, energy…and amateurs.
While many pros still contend that the Main Event has plenty of dead money, it’s definitely no longer like the prime boom years. With all of the training tools and ability to play so many hands online, everyone got good. Except the French. They keep overplaying A-3.
As evidenced by its massive field and amateur-feeling final table, the Millionaire Maker struck a nerve, giving the Average Joe an opportunity to bank a WSOP fortune. This is good for poker.
On that note, Jonathan Dimmig won the 2014 WSOP Millionaire Maker, earning $1,319,587. Dimmig is a recently turned pro, though he only had just over $20,000 in previous live cashes since 2011. Dimmig defeated Jeffrey Coburn ($815,963) heads-up for the title.
Andrew Dick came in eighth ($164,118), going limp to an early final table exit. The potential star of the final table was Circuit grinder Maurice Hawkins ($128,150), a mix of Daniel Negreanu chattiness and Dwyte Pilgrim cockiness. Alas, like Dick, he petered out too soon.
Get full results here.
Onto other events…
:: Event #10 ($10,000 Limit Omaha 8oB) – Brock Parker captured this one, earning his third WSOP bracelet and $443,407. He defeated Richard Ashby ($274,019) heads-up for the title. Shirley Rosario, a woman, came in fourth ($146,522) and Melissa Burr, a woman, came in eighth ($51,768). Get full results here.
:: Event #11 ($1,500 NLH Six-Handed) – Play stopped with 10 remaining. Mike Sowers is the big stack with 1,413,000. He’s followed by Player-of-the-Year-potential Justin Bonomo with 1,294,000. First will earn $449,980. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #12 ($1,500 PLH) – While 69* remain, all of the focus will be on two: Phil Ivey and Ryan Riess. They enter Day 2 play stacked 38th and 42nd, respectively. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #13 ($10,000 2-7 No Limit) – A total of 87 entered with 36 surviving. This is a stacked field. Jennifer Harman is the overnight chip leader. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Jean-Robert Bellande, Jason Mercier, and John Juanda remain, among many others. Get full chip counts here.
Wednesday kicks off with Event #14 ($1,500 Limit Omaha 8oB) which feels like it’s got The Intense Stare of Scott Clement’s name written all over it. Or at least we hope so, for our ESPN fantasy pool prospects.
* True story, we recently got an introductory email pitching a poker business from someone who had “69″ in his email handle. Let’s call him johnsmith69 for the purposes of this story. Just a lesson to future johnsmith69′s reading this post–if you want to be taken seriously–in business, with girls, or as an adult–don’t be that guy who puts 69 in his email handle. You’ll immediately be discredited.