After two consecutive days of raucous rails inside the Amazon Room, the ESPN Feature Table was empty and silent on Monday. No champions were crowned on Day 6 of the 2013 World Series of Poker, but five events took place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
A large crowd gathered late Monday night as Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em closed in on a final table. The winner of the historic event on Tuesday will earn $1.1 million, and each of the remaining players is guaranteed $82,205.
Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix also played down near a final table. Amit Makhija is leading Event #7 and eyeing his first WSOP bracelet, while Marco Johnson occupied the top spot in Event #8.
Meanwhile, two more tournaments got underway on Monday: Event #9: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em.
Two days after setting a new WSOP single-day record with 6,343 players, the field in Event #6 was trimmed to 10. Although the tournament was scheduled to finish on Monday, organizers extended the tournament by a day after the incredible turnout on Day 1.
Benny Chen will enter Day 4 with the chip lead with 5,865,000, and he'll be joined by Joe Kuether, as well as online legends Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen and Dan "djk123" Kelly on Tuesday. Kelly, who won the $25,000 Six-Handed event in 2010, is the only bracelet winner returning on the final day. He's also the only player with a $1 million score on his resume. That win was in the same event in 2010.
Play will resume at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as the 10 finalists compete for the chance to become the first ever WSOP "Millionaire Maker" champion.
It's rare that you'll ever find a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em final table as loaded as the one that will take place in the Amazon Room on Tuesday. A massive field of 1,837 is down to the final 10, and half of the "unofficial" final table is made up of well-known pros, including bracelet winners Eric Baldwin and Brent Hanks.
They'll be joined by Jason Koon, Matt Waxman, and chip leader Amit Makhija when play resumes on Tuesday. Makhija ran his stack from 70,000 to 1.1 million late in the day to take the chip lead and will be seeking his first WSOP title after coming up just short in the past.
Day 2 of Event #7 began with 148 players competing for the top prize of $305,952. Baldwin was leading the way when action resumed, and while he managed to survive another day, notables like Adam Geyer, Annette Obrestad, Nick Abou Risk, Paul Wasicka and David Peters fell short.
The final 10 will return at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and won't finish until a champion is crowned. if you're a fan of great poker and comedic table banter, this is a final table you won't want to miss.
After 10 levels of play on Day 2 of Event #8, only 19 players remain out of the 192 who started the day, and Marco Johnson led the way with 354,300. That started the day, and Johnson stayed among the leaders for most of the day.
Among the other survivors was Greg "FBT" Mueller, who finished second in this event to David "ODB" Baker for $167,637 last year. Mueller is fifth in chips with 258,200. He trails Johnson, Steven Wolansky (321,400), Chris Tryba (287,800) and Dario Alioto (261,400). Other notables still in contention are Robert Mizrachi (157,000), Day 1 chip leader Eric Crain (117,700) and former main event third-place finisher Josh Arieh (101,600)
Greg Raymer, who came into the day with a very short stack, hit the rail early, and a slew of top pros from the loaded field soon joined him. They included Phil Ivey, Allen Kessler, David Williams, Todd Brunson, Scott Fischman, Justin Bonomo and Vanessa Selbst among others.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. PST on Tuesday, and we will continue to update you as the players are whittled to a champion, who will earn $225,104 and a coveted gold bracelet.
Event #9: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
The first shootout of the summer began on Tuesday as 477 players ponied up the $3,000 buy-in for Event #9. Among the notables in attendance were Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein and Antonio Esfandiari, but only "The Magician" won his first round table from that group.
Sixty players will join Esfandiari in the second round on Tuesday, including Matt Salsberg, Dan O'Brien, Brandon Cantu, Nick Binger, Chris Klodnicki, Vicor Ramdin and Cherish Andrews. All players who win their second-round table will move on to Wednesday's final table where the winner will collect $299,486.
Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for coverage of all 10 shootout tables in Event #9 on Tuesday.
Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Day 1 of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event saw 677 players hit the felt at 5 p.m. PST, and after eight levels, only 177 remained. A prize pool of $870,750 will see the top 72 spots get paid and the winner receive $191,605 along with the gold bracelet.
Plenty of notable grinders will be afield, including Jason Mercier, John Racener, Randy Lew, Michael "Squeaky" Winnett, Scott Seiver, Justin Bonomo, Carlos Mortensen, Rep Porter, Jeremy Ausmus, Matt Glantz, Phil Hellmuth and Barry Greenstein. However, all of the aforementioned players failed to survive the day.
Here's a look at those who did survive and thrive:
The Day 1 survivors will return Tuesday at 2 p.m. PST and play until they reach a final table or complete 10 levels. Keep it locked in to PokerNetwork for up-to-the-minute updates straight from the tournament floor.
All eyes will be on the Event #6: $1,500 Millionaire Maker as it progresses toward a champion, and winners are also expected to be crowned in Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix. Event #9: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em are expected to reach final tables, and the only new event on the Day 7 slate is Event #11: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed).
Sarah Grant recently stumbled upon a SnapChat rivalry between Matt Waxman and Jason Mercier. With Matt Waxman Deep in Event #7 and Jason railing him, Sarah set out to get the scoop on this battle and tips on what makes a successful SnapChat-er.
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