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Day 4 completed

Posted 2013-06-05 GMT-8

Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
Day 4 completed

Congratulations to Benny Chen, Winner of Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em ($1,198,780)

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Benny Chen Wins!
Benny Chen Wins!

It began on Saturday with 6,343 entrants across two starting flights, creating the largest single-day starting field in World Series of Poker history. Fast forward four days, 35 one-hour levels, 6,432 eliminations, and only one player remains standing. Benny Chen is the sole survivor, earning $1,198,780 for his historic achievement.

Place Player Prize
1 Benny Chen $1,198,780
2 Michael Bennington $741,903
3 Jonathan Gray $534,506
4 Justin Liberto $400,408
5 Dan Kelly $302,104
6 Chris Hunichen $229,575
7 Upeshka Desilva $175,714
8 Robert McVeigh $135,467
9 Theron Eichenberger $105,154

Day 4 began with 10 players remaining and Chen was atop the leaderboard, but that position would change countless times over the course of the 195-hand final table. Bracelet-winner Dan Kelly notched the first two eliminations, sending Joe Kuether to the rail in tenth place and eliminating Theron Eichenberger in ninth place, to take the lead from Chen. Following Robert McVeigh's elimination in eighth place, Chen was in sixth place out of the seven remaining players.

When Upeshka Desilva exited in in seventh place, Chen was back to second in chips. Chris Hunichen fell in sixth place and seven hands later, Kelly met his demise as well.

Chen was second in chips with four players remaining, despite not having any eliminations under his belt thus far. Four-handed play lasted 95 hands with each player exchanging turns as both the chip leader and the short stack. Finally, on Hand #175, Justin Liberto fell at the hands of Chen. Three-handed play only lasted 12 hands before Chen dispatched of Jonathan Gray in third place.

With a roughly 3:1 chip lead to begin heads-up play, Chen sealed the deal on the eighth hand of the duel. After Michael Bennington limped on the button, Chen raised from the big blind. Bennington clicked it back before Chen re-raised all in. Bennington called for his tournament life with {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}, well behind Chen's {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}. The board rolled out {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{A-Clubs}, locking up the victory for Chen.

Congratulations to Chen for his historic accomplishment! We hope you enjoyed our hand-for-hand coverage of this final table, and urge you to follow our coverage for the remainder of the summer as more bracelets are awarded. For now, good night from Las Vegas!

Michael Bennington Eliminated in 2nd Place ($741,902)

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Michael Bennington - 2nd Place
Michael Bennington - 2nd Place

Hand #195: Bennington limped in from the button, and Chen raised it up to 1,000,000 even. Bennington three-bet to 1.6 million, good for a minimum raise, and Chen responded with an all-in declaration. Bennington quickly called with his {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}, but found himself needing major help when Chen revealed the {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}. The fans in attendance here at the Mothership stood to cheer, and the dealer fanned the most important flop of both player's lives.

Flop: {K-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}

Bennington blanked the flop, and he was left searching the deck for the two remaining treys.

Turn: {J-Clubs}
River: {A-Clubs}

No help arrived for the good doctor, and Michael Bennington was eliminated one spot short of the historic million dollar payday. Nonetheless, he takes home $741,902 for his amazing run, after playing through a talented field for four grueling days of three-bets and bluffs.

Chip Counts
Michael Bennington US US Busted

Hands 193-194

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand 193: Michael Bennington limped his button and Benny Chen checked his option. They checked to the river of a {Q-Hearts}{5-Spades}{5-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} board where Chen bet 700,000. Bennington called, but mucked when Chen tabled {9-Spades}{3-Clubs} for fives full of nines.

Hand 194: Benny Chen limp-folded his button and Michael Bennington raised to 1.2 million.

Hands 190-192

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand #190: Chen raised his button to 800,000 and Bennington came along, checking and folding to Chen's post-flop bet.

Hand #191: Bennington limped in on the button, and called when Chen raised to 1 million. The flop of {q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades} caused Chen to lead out for 650,000, and this bet earned him the pot.

Hand #192: Chen limped his button, and Bennington checked his option. The board {9-Clubs}{8-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} was checked down to the turn, and after the {6-Hearts} came on the river, Bennington checked for a third time. Chen fired 400,000 into the middle, and Bennington called with jack-high. Amazingly, he was good against the ten-high hand tabled by Chen

Approximate Chip Counts

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Chip Counts
Benny Chen CA CA 21,650,000 10,175,000 pos
Michael Bennington US US 7,200,000 -4,900,000 neg

Hands 188-189: Heads-Up Action Begins

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand #188: In the first hand of our "Millionaire Maker" heads-up duel, Chen limped from the button, but folded when Bennington raised it up to 1.2 million from the big blind.

Hand #189: Bennington continued pushing forward by limping in, and calling Chen's 1.2 million dollar raise. The flop came {a-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Spades} and Chen led out for 700,000. Bennington opted to raise the action, and Chen three-bet to force his opponent's hand into the muck.

Jonathan Gray Eliminated in 3rd Place ($534,505)

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Jonathan Gray - 3rd Place
Jonathan Gray - 3rd Place

Hand #187: After Bennington opened for 800,000, Chen called in the small blind, and Gray re-shoved for approximately 5.5 million. Bennington got out of the way, and Chen made the call with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}, but he was dominated by the {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} tabled by Gray.

The five board cards would decide each man's destiny, and when the flop fell {K-Clubs}{q-Spades}{8-Clubs}, fate was in Chen's corner. His supporters in the stands exploded in excitement, but their hoots and hollers were quieted at the sight of the {5-Clubs}, as Gray picked up a club flush draw to improve his chances. Both players craned their necks to watch the dealer burn and turn the decisive last card.

River: {2-Spades}

The black card made everybody in the room catch their breath, but the spade was a blank for Gray and he was eliminated courtesy of a bad beat.

Chip Counts
Jonathan Gray US US Busted

Hands 184-186

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand #184: Unknown action occurred on this hand, as the TD's microphone cut out momentarily.

Hand #185-186: Gray won these two hands with consecutive all-in moves before the flop.

Approximate Chip Counts

Posted 2013-06-04 GMT-8 • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Chip Counts
Michael Bennington US US 12,100,000 3,425,000 pos
Benny Chen CA CA 11,475,000 -1,775,000 neg
Jonathan Gray US US 4,275,000 -1,650,000 neg
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Winner Benny Chen
Winning Hand ♥9♠9
Prize 1,198,780

Level Info

Level 36
Blinds 200,000 / 400,000
Ante 50,000

Players Info