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World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker Event Draws 7,977 Entries

Winner Takes Home $1,319,587


Card Player’s 2014 WSOP coverage is sponsored by CarbonPoker.

The 2013 inaugural running of the World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker event was a huge success, drawing a field of 6,343, but that tournament pales in comparison to this year’s 7,977 players, which makes up the second largest live tournament in poker history.

The tournament, which has only been outdone by the 2006 WSOP main event, created a mad house at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino.

What made the tournament even more impressive was the fact that all of the action began on the same day. The first flight of the tournament saw 4,722 players kick things off at 11 a.m. The second flight of 3,255 was forced into a later start because of a table shortage.

A total of 819 players will make the money, collecting at least $2,692. The top 12 players will all earn at least six-figure paydays and the winner will take home a whopping $1,319,587.

The tournament is scheduled to wrap up Monday night, but due to the overwhelming turnout, there’s a chance it could bleed over into Tuesday.

Here’s a look at the five biggest live poker tournaments of all time.

Rank Year Event Entrants
1 2006 WSOP Main Event 8,773
2 2014 WSOP Millionaire Maker 7,977
3 2010 WSOP Main Event 7,319
4 2011 WSOP Main Event 6,865
5 2008 WSOP Main Event 6,844

For more coverage from the 2014 summer series, visit our WSOP landing page.

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