It’s been a busy five days at the Rio, with five more bracelets awarded, plus we have the first millionaire from this year’s WSOP.
After an action packed weekend of poker, Monday picked up right where Sunday left off. The first bracelet winner of the week was also the best rewarded. Following three gruelling days and after overcoming a field of some 6,343 entrants Canada’s Benny Chen emerged as winner of the $1,500 no-limit hold’em ‘Millionaire Maker’ taking down a cool $1,199,104 for his efforts. And as the name suggests the prize was one of the biggest that will be awarded at this year’s WSOP.
Next up was event 7, a $1,000 no-limit hold’em tournament. American Matt Waxman won the low buy-in event which was worth $305,952. The next event was the $2,500 Eight Game mix and was packed full of the games top players, but in the end it was another Canadian Michael Malm, who collected the bracelet and $225k first prize.
Event 9 was the $3,000 no-limit hold’em shootout tournament and online coaching legend Cliff Josephy came out on top of the 477 field, giving him the third bracelet of his career – good for $299,486.
Following a long a closely fought heads-up battle Brent Wheeler defeated Mark Mierkalns to win event 10 which was a $1,500 limit hold’em tournament and as well as collecting the first bracelet of his career, Wheeler also earned himself $191,605.
The fifth and final bracelet of the week went to Levi Berger in the $2,500 no-limit hold’em six handed event. Putting in one of the best performances of the WSOP so far, Canadian Berger knocked out every single player at the final table including American Scott Clements en route to his first bracelet and a well earned $473,019 pay day.
With a wide mix of events just started or beginning over the weekend, some highlights to watch out for include the $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, the $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em tournament which starts on Sunday and the $10,000 buy-in Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em event which kicks off later today.
Don’t forget you can catch all the final table action live over at WSOP.com.