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2017 48th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Saturday, June 10, 2017 to Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $10,477,350
  • Entries: 7,761
  • Remaining: 0
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06/14/17 10:24:15 PM PST
 
Pablo Mariz Ships Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,221,704)
 

Pablo Mariz

The four-day Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER is officially in the books, and Pablo Mariz has taken the whole thing down, pocketing a staggering $1,221,407 and Canada's first 2017 World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Mariz defeated Dejuante Alexander in just 23 hands, with a faithful and loud rail from the start of the day. Alexander earned himself $754,499 for his runner-up finish today.

The official final table lasted seven and a half hours, and 161 hands before a winner was crowned. This event attracted an impressive 7,761 entries across two starting days, good for the second-biggest Millionaire Maker event since the first once in 2014. A total of 1,165 players made the money, also making this the second-biggest number of payouts awarded in a single tournament in WSOP history. The tournament lasted a total of 39 levels, with the final day concluding in just under 12 hours.

Heads-up play began with Alexander holding a lead over Mariz. In the first several hands, Alexander got it in with aces while Mariz held pocket threes. The dealer fanned the flop, and Mariz found a miracle three to double through. Alexander was left with just 13 big blinds and got it in with king-three against Mariz's ace-ten. The board looked like it was running out clean for Mariz until a king hit the river and Alexander found new life. He eventually took the lead, but Mariz climbed back.

In the final hand, Alexander shoved with ace-three off suit and was called by Mariz holding queen-jack off suit. The flop and turn were clean for Alexander, but the queen of spades hit the felt on the river and Mariz locked up the win. Mariz explained how the queen of spades saved his tournament life with just 15 players left on Day 3 as well. It came on the river, just like it did today, and he plans to get this tattoo'd on himself in the near future.

Mariz already had an impressive run before his win today, coming in second place in the $1,000 Tag Team event just last week with his partner David Guay. Hailing from Montreal, Quebec in Canada, Mariz now has his first career win locked up, and it's for a million dollars and a gold WSOP bracelet no less.

The 2017 Millionaire Maker champion was overcome with emotion as he embraced his best friend and playing partner after the victory. When asked to describe how it feels, Mariz said it was a dream come true.

"We come here every year, grinding small events hoping to hit something big and we finally did!"

Mariz has not found a full-time job since completing his degree in finance over two years ago, but he said that is not a concern anymore. Mariz and his friend often come to the WSOP for the first two weeks and base how long they will stay on their results. "I think we are going to be staying the rest of the summer, at least until the Main Event is over. I'm going for WSOP Player of the Year now." Mariz is sure to be sitting at the top of the leaderboard in the Player of the Year race when the rankings come out in the morning with his victory in the Millionaire Maker.

Alexander may have fallen short, but he has an impressive resume in his own right, and locked up his largest score in this event, almost doubling his career earnings to 1.5 million dollars. He owns a WSOP circuit ring, and has made a ton of final tables. Alexander may not have walked away with his first bracelet today, but he is a familiar face on the poker circuit and will most certainly be one to watch as the series progresses.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayer NameCountryPrize (USD)
1Pablo MarizCanada$1,221,407
2Dejuante AlexanderUnited States$754,499
3Alexander FarahiUnited States$561,530
4Marc MacDonnellIreland$420,805
5Bryce YockeyUnited States$317,544
6Yuriy BoykoIreland$241,303
7Jonathan GrayUnited States$184,663
8Thiago GrigolettiBrazil$142,323
9Hector MartinUnited States$110,476

The field was massive, but a ton of familiar faces went deep, including Ralph Perry (12th place - $86,375), Brian Altman (14th place - $68,022), Kenny Hallaert (17th place - $53,962), Jessica Dawley (30th place - $34,718), Matt Affleck (31st place - $34,718), Joe Cada (42nd place - $28,160), Brian Rast (75th place - $13,147), Bertran Grospellier (100th place - $8,054), Frank Kassela (142nd place - $8,054), Dutch Boyd (154th place - $8,054), Humberto Brenes (180th place - $6,948), and David Pham (225th place - $6,948).

Final Table Action

While 11-handed play lasted almost two and a half hours after the elimination of Ralph Perry, Senovio Ramirez III was eliminated in 10th place ($86,375) in just the first few minutes of play when the unofficial final table came together. He shoved his short stack in the middle with ten-three of hearts but ran into Mariz's pocket tens and couldn't hold on.

Hector Martin was next to go in ninth place ($110,476) after he got his remaining chips in the middle with queen-eight of clubs. Mariz called with king-jack off suit and turned Martin dead to knock out yet another player. Shortly after, Thiago Grigoletti doubled Bryce Yockey up with queen-jack suited after running into his aces, and was left with one big blind after the hand. He got it in with king-high in the next hand and couldn't improve, taking home $142,323 for his eighth place finish.

Play continued on for another hour before Jonathan Gray got the last of his chips in the middle with king-high. He was grinding a short stack for most of the day, and finally fell to Marc MacDonnell after he flopped two pair. Gray pocketed $184,663 for his deep run. Just 15 minutes later, Yuriy Boyko would find himself on the rail in sixth place ($241,303). He got it in good with ace-high, but Mariz was too hot and rivered a pair of tens to send yet another player packing.

Another hour of play went by, with Yockey nursing a short stack and finding a much-needed double up. He eventually piled his stack in the middle with king-ten suited and found himself flipping with Mariz holding pocket threes. The board ran out dry and Yockey had to settle for $317,544 for his fifth place finish.

Four-handed play resumed after a one-hour dinner break, and Alexander found himself at the top of the leader board after doubling up twice in the first two hands. Alexander Farahi also found his way towards the top, eventually eliminating MacDonnell with king-nine off suit and cracking his pocket jacks. MacDonnell came in to the final table with the second-most chips and earned himself $420,805 for his fourth place finish.

Farahi found himself at the top at one point, but the lead changed more than a handful of times before Farahi finally fell in third place ($561,530). He held ace-deuce of spades and was up against Alexander's ace-nine. The board ran out dry and Farahi was headed to the rail.

As mentioned, heads-up play was a roller coaster ride for both players, and was a fitting way for Mariz to scoop up a whopping $1,221,407 and his first gold WSOP bracelet.

Another millionaire has been crowned at the WSOP, and the action is far from over. Keep following along as PokerNews continues to report all of the action throughout the rest of the series.

06/14/17 09:54:34 PM PST
 
Dejuante Alexander Eliminated in 2nd Place ($754,499)
 

Dejuante Alexander

Hand #161: Dejuante Alexander moved all in on the button for 14,050,000. Pablo Mariz asked for a count and then called. Alexander tabled    against Mariz's   .

The flop came    , and Alexander was still out in front. The turn was the   which was no help to Mariz. However, the   fell on the river, and Mariz jumped up with his hands in the air. He made a pair of queens on the river, winning the title to become the newest millionaire at the 2017 WSOP.

Alexander finished in second place and collected an impressive $754,499 for his performance.

Dejuante Alexander0-13,800,000
06/14/17 09:36:13 PM PST
 
Hands #159-160: Pablo Mariz Chips Away
 

Hand #159: The pot was limped, and the flop came    . Dejuante Alexander bet 1,500,000. Pablo Mariz called, and the   fell on the turn. Both players checked, and the   came on the river. Again, both players checked, and Mariz tabled a pair of queens to win the hand.

Hand #160: Mariz raised to 2,500,000, and Alexander folded his big blind.

06/14/17 09:28:21 PM PST
 
Hands #154-158: Short Walks on the Beach
 

Hand #154: Dejuante Alexander got a walk.

Hand #155: Alexander limped in, and Pablo Mariz checked. The flop came    , and both players checked to the turn, which was the  . Mariz checked, Alexander bet 1,600,000, and Mariz folded.

Hand #156: Mariz raised to 2,500,000, and Alexander called. The flop came    , and Alexander checked. Mariz bet 1,700,000, and Alexander folded.

Hand #157: Mariz got a walk.

Hand #158: Alexander got a walk.

Pablo Mariz44,200,00020,400,000
Dejuante Alexander13,800,000-20,600,000
06/14/17 09:23:35 PM PST
 
Level 40 started
 
Level: 40 Blinds: 500000/1000000 Ante: 150000
06/14/17 09:21:54 PM PST
 
Hands #148-153: Mariz Staying Aggressive Preflop
 

Hand #148: Pablo Mariz raised to 2,000,000, and Dejuante Alexander called. The flop came    , and Alexander checked to Mariz, who bet 1,500,000. Alexander called, and the turn card was the  . Alexander checked again, and Mariz checked behind. The river was the  , and both players checked again. Alexander tabled    for two pair and picked up the pot.

Hand #149: Alexander called on the button, and Mariz raised to 2,800,000. Alexander called, and the flop came    . Both players checked. The turn was the  , and Mariz led out for 2,000,000. Alexander called, and the   landed on the river. Mariz bet again for 3,200,000, and Alexander laid his hand down.

Hand #150: Mariz limped the button and Alexander checked his big blind. The flop brought the     and the action was checked to Mariz who bet 1,200,000 to take down the pot.

Hand #151: Alexander called on the button, and Mariz checked his option. The flop was    , and both players checked to the   turn. Again, both players checked, and the river was the  . Mariz bet 800,000, which was quickly called by Alexander, who tabled    to win the hand.

Hand #152: Mariz raised to 2,000,000 from the button, and Alexander called. The flop came    , and Mariz bet 2,000,000. Alexander called, and the turn card was the  . Mariz made another bet of 5,200,000, and Alexander folded.

Hand #153: Alexander raised to 2,000,000 on the button, and Mariz three-bet to 5,800,000. Alexander folded.

Dejuante Alexander34,400,00024,600,000
Pablo Mariz23,800,000-24,700,000
06/14/17 09:08:00 PM PST
 
Hands #143-147: Alexander Finds a Miracle River
 

Dejuante Alexander

Hand #143: Dejuante Alexander moved all in, and Pablo Mariz folded.

Hand #144: Mariz moved all in, and Alexander called for 10,825,000.

Alexander was at risk with   , and Mariz was ahead with   .

The flop came    , and Mariz was still in the lead with ace-high. The turn was the blank  , but the crowd erupted when the   hit the river. Alexander doubled up and survived elimination.

Hand #145: Alexander raised to 2,100,000, and Mariz called. The flop came     and both players checked to the turn, which was the  . Both players checked again. The river was the  , and Mariz checked. Alexander bet 2,500,000, and Mariz called. Alexander tabled   , and Mariz mucked.

Hand #146: Alexander got a walk.

Hand #147: Mariz got a walk.

06/14/17 09:02:43 PM PST
 
Hands #138-142: Pablo Mariz Makes Trip Threes
 

Dejuante Alexander

Hand #138: Pablo Mariz limped on the button, and Dejuante Alexander checked the big blind. The flop was    , and Alexander bet 1,200,000. Mariz called, and the turn was the  . Both players checked, and the   came on the river. Again, both players checked, and Alexander took the pot with two pair, tens and jacks.

Hand #139: Alexander folded his button.

Hand #140: Mariz raised to 1,800,000 on the button, and Alexander folded his big blind.

Hand #141: Alexander raised to 4,000,000 on the button, and Mariz moved all in for 24,225,000. Alexander quickly called after he said he misclicked with the opening raise. Alexander was out in front with   , and Mariz held   .

The flop was    , and Mariz took the lead with a set of threes. The turn was the  , and the river brought the  . Mariz got a full double-up and now holds over a four-to-one chip lead.

Hand #142: Alexander got a walk.

Pablo Mariz48,500,00023,480,000
Dejuante Alexander9,800,000-23,350,000
06/14/17 08:42:47 PM PST
 
Heads-Up Break!
 

Heads-up play is about to begin, but players are taking a quick five-minute break while tournament officials bring out the WSOP bracelet.

06/14/17 08:42:26 PM PST
 
Alexander Farahi Eliminated in 3rd Place ($561,530)
 

Alexander Farahi

Hand #137: Dejuante Alexander raised to 1,800,000 on the button, and Alexander Farahi moved all in for 10,600,000 from the small blind. Alexander went deep into the tank and eventually called.

Farahi was at risk with   , and Alexander tabled   .

The flop came    , and Farahi picked up a straight draw. The turn was the   for some more outs to potentially chop the pot. The river was the  , and Farahi was unable to improve, sending him home in third place.

Dejuante Alexander33,150,00013,950,000
Pablo Mariz25,020,000-3,580,000
Alexander Farahi0-10,600,000
06/14/17 08:38:58 PM PST
 
Hands #134-136: Dejuante Alexander Keeps Building
 

Hand #134: Alexander Farahi moved all in from the small blind, and Pablo Mariz asked for a count. Farahi was all in for 10,600,000, and Mariz decided to fold.

Hand #135: Mariz called from the small blind, and Dejuante Alexander raised to 2,300,000 from the big blind. Mariz called. The flop came    , and Mariz checked, as did Alexander. The turn was the  , and both players checked to the river, which was the  . Both players checked again, and Mariz tabled    for a pair of tens. Alexander showed    and raked in the pot.

Hand #136: Alexander limped in from the small blind, and Farahi checked. The flop came    , and both players checked to the   on the turn. Both players checked again. The river was the  , and both players checked. Alexander tabled   , for the winner.

06/14/17 08:29:48 PM PST
 
Hands #129-133: Mariz and Alexander Take Turns
 

Hand #129: Pablo Mariz limped in the small blind, and Dejuante Alexander checked his option. The flop came    , and Mariz bet 825,000. Alexander called, and they went to the   turn. Both players checked, and the   came on the river. It was checked again, and Alexander tabled the best hand with queen-high.

Hand #130: Mariz raised to 1,800,000 on the button, and both blinds folded.

Hand #131: Alexander Farahi called from the small blind, and Mariz checked his option in the big. The flop came    , and both players checked. The turn was the  , and Farahi led out for 1,500,000. Mariz mucked his cards, and Farahi took it down.

Hand #132: Mariz limped in the small blind, and Alexander checked to see the flop of    . Mariz bet 900,000, and that earned him the pot.

Hand #133: Pablo Mariz raised to 1,800,000 from the button and got both blinds to fold.

Pablo Mariz28,600,0002,600,000
Dejuante Alexander19,200,0002,200,000
Alexander Farahi10,600,000-4,900,000
06/14/17 08:18:35 PM PST
 
Hands #124-128: Mariz Doubles to Take Back the Lead
 

Hand #124: Dejuante Alexander limped in from the small blind, and Alexander Farahi checked from the big blind. The flop came    , and Alexander bet 1,000,000. Farahi called. The turn was the  , and Alexander led out for 1,600,000 this time. Farahi folded.

Hand #125: Pablo Mariz got a walk.

Hand #126: Mariz moved all in from the small blind, and Alexander asked for a count. The dealer confirmed that Mariz was all in for 12,925,000. Alexander called.

Mariz was at risk with   , and Alexander tabled   .

The flop came    , and Mariz flopped a set. The turn was the  , and the river was the  , giving Mariz the double-up he was looking for.

Hand #127: Mariz raised to 1,800,000 on the button and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #128: Mariz got a walk.

Pablo Mariz26,000,00013,500,000
Dejuante Alexander17,000,000-13,450,000
Alexander Farahi15,500,000-100,000
06/14/17 08:11:00 PM PST
 
Level 39 started
 
Level: 39 Blinds: 400000/800000 Ante: 100000
06/14/17 07:56:28 PM PST
 
Dejuante Alexander Leads on the Break
 

The remaining three players are now on a quick 15-minute break. Here's a look at the chip counts at the moment:

Dejuante Alexander30,450,00010,150,000
Alexander Farahi15,600,00013,670,000
Pablo Mariz12,500,000-5,000,000
06/14/17 07:54:03 PM PST
 
Hands #119-123: Alexander Pulls Back to Even
 

Hand #119: Alexander Farahi called in the small blind, and Pablo Mariz checked his big blind. The flop came    , and both players checked to the   on the turn. Again, both players checked, and the   fell on the river. Farahi checked, and Mariz bet 1,000,000, getting his opponent to fold.

Hand #120: Farahi raised to 1,300,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #121: Mariz raised to 1,300,000 on the button, and Farahi called in the big blind. The flop came    , and Mariz bet 800,000, which was good enough to earn him the pot.

Hand #122: Dejuante Alexander raised to 1,300,000 from the button, and Farahi called in the small blind. Mariz also tagged along from the big blind to see the flop of    .

Farahi led out for 1,600,000, and Mariz folded. Alexander called, and the turn card brought the  . Farahi checked this time, and Alexander checked behind. The river was the  , and both players checked again. Alexander showed   , which was the best hand.

Hand #123: Farahi raised to 1,300,000 on the button and, both Mariz and Alexander called in the blinds. The flop was    , and Mariz led out for 1,600,000, which only Alexander called.

The turn brought the  , and Mariz checked. Alexander bet 2,100,000, and Mariz called. The river was the  , and Mariz checked again. Alexander bet again for 5,200,000, and Mariz quickly mucked.

06/14/17 07:41:24 PM PST
 
Hands #114-118: Farahi Four-Bet Jams
 

Hand #114: Pablo Mariz limped in from the small blind, and Dejuante Alexander checked his option in the big. The flop came    , and Mariz bet 600,000. Alexander called. The turn was the  . Mariz checked, as did Alexander. The river was the  , and Mariz checked again. Alexander bet 1,500,000, and Mariz folded.

Hand #115: Mariz raised to 1,300,000 on the button, and Alexander Farahi defended his big blind. The flop came    , and Farahi checked. Mariz checked back. The turn was the  , and Farahi bet 1,400,000. Mariz folded.

Hand #116: Alexander raised to 1,300,000 on the button and got no action.

Hand #117: Farahi raised to 1,300,000 on the button, and Mariz three-bet to 4,200,000 from the small blind. Farahi went into the tank and eventually moved all in. Mariz asked for a count, and the dealer confirmed it he was all in for a total of 15,400,000. Mariz folded.

Hand #118: Farahi got a walk.

Dejuante Alexander20,300,0003,800,000
Pablo Mariz17,500,000-4,900,000
Alexander Farahi1,930,000-17,470,000
06/14/17 07:29:55 PM PST
 
Hands #109: Deuces Wild for Farahi
 

Hand #109: Dejuante Alexander called from the small blind, and Alexander Farahi checked his option. The flop came [Ad  , and Farahi bet 650,000. Alexander called, and the   fell on the turn, which both players checked. The   peeled off on the river, and Alexander bet 1,600,000. Farahi called and tabled    for three deuces on the river to scoop the pot.

Hand #110: Pablo Mariz got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #111: Mariz raised to 1,800,000 from the small blind and took down the pot.

Hand #112: Farahi received a walk.

Hand #113: Mariz got a second-straight walk.

Pablo Mariz22,400,000900,000
Alexander Farahi19,400,0008,700,000
Dejuante Alexander16,500,000-9,500,000
06/14/17 07:21:40 PM PST
 
Hands #104-108: Dejuante Alexander Fires Three Barrels, Regains the Lead
 

Dejuante Alexander

Hand #104: Dejuante Alexander moved all in on the button for 9,650,000 and got no action.

Hand #105: Pablo Mariz limped in from the small blind, and Alexander checked his option. The flop came    , and Mariz led out for 600,000. Alexander folded.

Hand #106: Alexander limped in from the small blind, and Alexander Farahi moved all in. Alexander snap-called.

Alexander was at risk with    for his last 10,050,000, while Farahi held   .

The flop came    , and Farahi flopped a pair of kings and a spade draw. The turn was the  , putting Alexander in the lead with a pair of aces. The river was the  , and Alexander held on for the double-up.

Hand #107: Farahi limped in from the small blind, and Pablo Mariz checked his option in the big. The flop came    , and both players checked to the turn, which was the  . Farahi checked again, as did Mariz. The river was the  , and both players checked again. Farahi tabled    for the winner. Mariz mucked.

Hand #108: Mariz limped in from the small blind, and Alexander checked his option. The flop came    , and Mariz checked. Alexander bet 800,000, and Mariz called. The turn was the  , and Mariz checked again. Alexander bet 1,700,000 this time, and Mariz called again. The river was the  . Mariz checked for a third time, and Alexander bet 4,200,000. Mariz shook his head and went into the tank.

"This is insane, man," Mariz said. "I was trapping preflop. F***." Eventually, he folded.

Dejuante Alexander26,000,00015,800,000
Pablo Mariz21,500,000-2,500,000
Alexander Farahi10,700,000-10,800,000
06/14/17 07:11:06 PM PST
 
Hands #99-103: Mariz is Heating Up
 

Hand #99: Alexander Farahi raised to 1,500,000 on the button, and Pablo Mariz three-bet to 4,200,000 out of the small blind. Farahi folded to the reraise, and Mariz took down a pot.

Hand #100: Mariz raised to 1,300,000 on the button, and Farahi called from the big blind. The flop came    , and Farahi checked in the dark. Mariz bet 1,000,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #101: Farahi limped the small blind, and Mariz checked his optionĀ in the big. The flop came    , and both players checked to the   on the turn. Farahi bet 800,000, and Mariz called to see the river. It was the  , and Farahi bet 1,800,000, which was enough to get Mariz to fold.

Hand #102: Farahi raised to 1,400,000 from the button, and Pablo Mariz reraised to 4,300,000 in the small blind. Farahi folded, despite saying, "This is probably a really bad fold, but you have it."

Hand #103: Farahi limped from the small blind, and Mariz checked. The flop came    , and both players checked. They also checked the   turn and the   river. Mariz showed a pair of tens to win the hand.

Pablo Mariz24,000,0001,000,000
Alexander Farahi21,500,000-2,500,000
Dejuante Alexander10,200,000-1,800,000
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