Benny Chan Wins ‘Millionaire Maker’
Canadian restaurant manager Benny Chen defeated one of the largest fields in World Series of Poker history to win the ‘Millionaire Maker’ No Limit Hold’em Event.
Chen outlasted the incredible field of 6343 players to win the life-changing amount of $1,199,104 and his first World Series of Poker bracelet.
The ‘Millionaire Maker’ was expected to be big but even WSOP officials were surprised at the response the tournament received.
The tournament not only broke the record for the largest single day starting field in tournament poker history but featured the largest poker tournament field ever outside the WSOP Main Event.
While it was Chan who emerged victorious all eyes at the final table were on Dan Kelly who was aiming to win his second WSOP bracelet.
Although Kelly finished in fourth place, he is in ominous form having finished sixth in the $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament earlier in the week.
Waxman Wins $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Matt Waxman defeated leading poker pro Eric Baldwin to win the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, in what is sure to be one of the most epic heads-up battles of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Waxman required 187 hands and seven hours to see off Baldwin and claim the first place prize of $305,952 as well as his first ever WSOP bracelet.
It was an impressive effort from Waxman who was the dominant figure on a final table that included Jason Koon, former bracelet winner Brent Hanks and Amit Makhija as well as a number of talented amateurs.
The victory ended a number of years of heartbreak for Waxman who had previously played at three World Series of Poker final tables but fell just short of winning a WSOP bracelet.
Waxman has now recorded over $2.5 million in tournament earnings and is, without a doubt, one of the most consistent players on the tournament circuit.
Michael Malm Claims $2,500 Eight-Game Mix Victory
Mix games are becoming increasingly popular on the professional tournament circuit and that was clearly evident during the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix, which drew the most star-studded field of the 2013 World Series of Poker thus far.
Part-time poker player and newspaper salesman Michael Malm was able to outlast them all despite not even planning on taking part in the tournament!
Malm planned to register for one of the Daily DeepStack tournaments run during the WSOP but missed the registration and instead entered the Eight-Game mix event.
It proved a very wise decision as he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet as well as the first place prize of $225,104 after defeating a final table that included bracelet winners Greg Mueller, Dario Alioto and Mike Wattel.
Malm said he was happy simply to cash in the tournament after narrowly missing the money in the first four bracelet events that he contested during the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The World Series of Poker continues today with another stacked final table battling for a bracelet in the $3000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.