Millionaire Maker Event at 2013 WSOP Breaks RecordWednesday, June 5th, 2013 by Ryan
If you were heading to the 2013 World Series of Poker with the hopes of finding a lower priced event that was going to feature a massive number of player and a huge prize pool, then you found it. The 2013 WSOP Millionaire Maker event was one of the most talked about events of the World Series before the action kicked off, and many people were interested to see how many players would end up buying into this tournament. If you haven’t heard about it, this event is going to pay out a GUARANTEED $1 million to first place. Regardless of how many players ended up buying in and how much money was in the prize pool, first place would get $1 million no matter what. The game plan was to move the money around so that first place would hit that mark, but I don’t think many people expected to see this many people buy-in to the event.
The Millionaire Maker had two flights that players could buy in at, and the first one drew in a total of a very nice 3,713. A total of that many players for a tournament in TOTAL would have been pretty nice, but then we saw the second flight bring in a total of another 2,630 players. This meant that the $1,500 buy-in, which was Event #6 at the 2013 World Series of Poker had a total of 6,343 players, and this was a record breaking number. Outside of the Main Event, that number made it the largest tournament in the history of the WSOP. The previous record was set back in 2009, when the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event drew in a total of 6,012 players.
On top of that though, it broke another record to go along with the largest field that was not a Main Event. This was the record for the largest ever tournament prize pool that was not a Main Event or a One Drop event in history. For only a $1,500 buy-in event, it’s pretty amazing that the tournament drew in a total prize pool of $8.5 million. With the number of players and the prize pools, this meant that first place was actually going to end up getting more than $1 million. In total, each player who made it to the final table was going to get paid six figures, while first place would take home a beautiful almost $1.2 million.
Currently the tournament is nearing its close, as the final table is set and the action is down to only four players left at the time that we are writing this article. Justin Liberto, Michael Bennington, Benny Chen, and Jonathan Gray are the players looking to take down the $1 million pay day. We saw a very American-heavy final table though, with the other players being Dan Kelly, Chris Hunichen, Upeshka Desilva, Robert McVeigh, and Theron Eichenberger. All but two players are American out of that final table.
As far as the cash goes, we saw a total of 648 players making it into the cash, and it took only until the end of the second flight of yesterday to make it down to 862 players. Interestingly though, we saw a ton of movement in those final 200 or so eliminations, and there were even players who were at the top of the leaderboard who were unable to make it into the cash.
While first place was going to end up earning a nice $1,198,780, second and third places would also be going home with more than half of a million dollars. Second place would get $741,903, third would get $534,506, and fourth is set to earn $400,408. To round out the final table, fifth place earned $302,104, sixth place got $229,575, seventh received $175,714, eighth earned $135,467, and last but definitely not least ninth place received $105,154.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the final table and how the last four end up at the Millionaire Maker event. This is definitely one event that has caught the attention of many players and fans, but on top of that, we are all geared up for the upcoming events at the World Series of Poker as well.