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'Millionaire Maker' Tournament Breaks World Series Of Poker Turnout Record

Event Draws 6,343 Players To Shatter Non-Main Event Mark


The World Series of Poker decided to hold a special $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament called the “Millionaire Maker” — meaning it would guarantee a first-place prize worth at least seven figures — and it ended up breaking a record.

With 6,343 players, event no. 6 at the 2013 WSOP broke the previous non-main event turnout record of 6,012 set in 2009.

It must be noted that the Millionaire Maker allowed one re-entry per player during the early stages of the event — an uncommon option at the WSOP. The event began on Saturday with the first of two starting flights.

In 2009, poker pro Steve Sung out lasted an absurd 6,012 players to take home $771,106 in a WSOP $1,000 buy-in event. At the time, that event was the largest ever for a small buy-in event at the WSOP, or anywhere in the world for that matter.

The WSOP’s Seth Palansky said that he expected between 3,000 and 6,000 players for the Millionaire Maker, so the turnout far exceeded expectations. The winner will receive $1,198,780.

To put the Millionaire Maker in greater context, the winner of the event will pocket more than all main event champions from 1991 to 1999.

Events that award $1 million are very rare at the WSOP, and unheard of elsewhere for buy-ins as small as $1,500. Most stops on other tournament circuits that award seven-figure paydays have buy-ins of $10,000 or more.

As of Monday morning local time, there were 133 players left in the Millionaire Maker.

Stay tuned to for more updates from the historic event.

Video by Erik Fast.



over 4 years ago

Daniel Kelly Wow! Final table six-man. Final table millionaire-maker! How was he able advance in latter while grinding it out in six-man? Does he have a twin?