06/05/13 12:17:31 AM PST
Congratulations to Benny Chen, Winner of Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em ($1,198,780)
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.
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 , well behind Chen's . The board rolled out , 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!
06/04/13 11:55:29 PM PST
Michael Bennington Eliminated in 2nd Place ($741,902)
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 , but found himself needing major help when Chen revealed the . The fans in attendance here at the Mothership stood to cheer, and the dealer fanned the most important flop of both player's lives.
Bennington blanked the flop, and he was left searching the deck for the two remaining treys.
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.
|Michael Bennington||0||0 |06/04/13 11:49:10 PM PST
Hand 193: Michael Bennington limped his button and Benny Chen checked his option. They checked to the river of a board where Chen bet 700,000. Bennington called, but mucked when Chen tabled for fives full of nines.
Hand 194: Benny Chen limp-folded his button and Michael Bennington raised to 1.2 million.
06/04/13 11:46:52 PM PST
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 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 was checked down to the turn, and after the 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
06/04/13 11:39:32 PM PST
Approximate Chip Counts
|Benny Chen||21,650,000||10,175,000 |
|Michael Bennington||7,200,000||-4,900,000 |06/04/13 11:39:21 PM PST
Hands 188-189: Heads-Up Action Begins
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 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.
06/04/13 11:34:48 PM PST
Jonathan Gray Eliminated in 3rd Place ($534,505)
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 , but he was dominated by the tabled by Gray.
The five board cards would decide each man's destiny, and when the flop fell , 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 , 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.
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.
|Jonathan Gray||0||-4,275,000 |06/04/13 11:28:19 PM PST
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.
06/04/13 11:24:57 PM PST
Approximate Chip Counts
|Michael Bennington||12,100,000||3,425,000 |
|Benny Chen||11,475,000||-1,775,000 |
|Jonathan Gray||4,275,000||-1,650,000 |06/04/13 11:23:53 PM PST
Hand #176: With a dead button after Liberto's elimination, Bennington raised to 800,000 from the small blind and Chen defended his big. The flop fell and Bennington forced his opponent to fold with a c-bet of 800,000 more.
Hand #177: Bennington continued to play aggressively, raising yet again to 800,000 from the button, and Gray came along to see the flop of . After checking around, the players checked the turn as well. The river came , and Gray check-folded to Bennington's 1 million chip bet.
Hand #178: Chen raised to 800,000 holding the button, and Gray responded with a three-bet jam. After pausing to count the bet out, Chen decided to release and the pot was shipped to Gray.
Hand #179: This hand was a trade back, as Gray raised to 800,000, and folded his winnings from the previous hand back to Chen after he pushed all-in.
Hand #180: Bennington stole the blinds and antes with a raise to 800,000 from the button.
Hand #181: Chen raised to 800,000 on the button, Bennington called, and the flop fell . Bennington check-called a bet of 625,000, and the turn came . A pair of checks brought the on the river, and Bennington led out for 2.1 million, which earned him the victory.
Hand #182: Bennington limped from the small blind, and folded to Chen's raise of 1.2 million.
Hand #183: Chen shoved all-in from the small blind, and Gray surrendered his big blind.
06/04/13 11:13:09 PM PST
|Benny Chen||13,250,000||2,600,000 |
|Michael Bennington||8,675,000||-450,000 |
|Jonathan Gray||5,925,000||-50,000 |06/04/13 11:13:03 PM PST
Justin Liberto Eliminated in 4th Place ($400,408)
Hand #175: One hand back from break, and we have our latest elimination. Chen opened for 800,000 from under the gun, and Liberto three-bet jammed for 3.05 million. Chen quickly called with , and he had Liberto's in terrible shape. The players stood in anticipation while the dealer fanned the flop.
The nine in the window briefly had Liberto's cheering section going crazy, but the ten that followed it quickly silenced their celebration. Liberto would need a second nine to arrive on the turn or river, but the and came instead, sending the gracious young competitor to the payout desk for a impressive six-figure haul.
|Justin Liberto||0||-3,100,000 |06/04/13 10:49:31 PM PST
|Benny Chen||10,650,000||1,200,000 |
|Michael Bennington||9,125,000||2,680,000 |
|Jonathan Gray||5,975,000||-3,080,000 |
|Justin Liberto||3,100,000||-500,000 |06/04/13 10:45:55 PM PST
Breaking Down the Wall
The players have departed the main stage for a twenty-minute break, and they will return shortly to continue this exhilarating exercise in check-calling to see who will become the latest WSOP-made millionaire.
06/04/13 10:44:12 PM PST
Hand #169: Bennington's 600,000 raise from the button earned him the blinds and antes.
Hand #170: Liberto went for a walk in the big blind.
Hand #171: Feeling his Wheaties after the walk, Liberto open-shoved all in from the small blind and took down another pot.
Hand #172: Bennington raised his small blind to 650,000, Chen called, and the two checked the board of through the turn. When the river came , Bennington checked a third time, and Chen made an all-in bet which won him the pot.
Hand #173: Bennington kept at it, raising to 600,000 from the button and scooping the blinds and antes.
Hand #174: Chen raised his button to 600,000, and Liberto came along for a flop of . After Liberto checked, Chen studied the board and the pot before firing a bet of 450,000. Liberto did his own statue impression, staring silently into the ether before making the call. On the turn, both players opted to tap the table. and the arrived on the river. Two more checks and Chen's , and the pocket pair was good.
06/04/13 10:34:05 PM PST
Approximate Chip Counts
|Benny Chen||9,450,000||2,200,000 |
|Jonathan Gray||9,055,000||-300,000 |
|Michael Bennington||6,445,000||-1,750,000 |
|Justin Liberto||3,600,000||-150,000 |06/04/13 10:33:56 PM PST
Hand #160: Liberto raised his button to 600,000, Bennington called from the small blind, and the flop fell . Both players checked to the turn, and the action repeated through the river. Liberto's proved to be the winner, as Bennington held only the lowly .
Hand #161: Liberto's opening raise of 600,000 was met with an three-bet shove by Chen, which earned him the pot.
Hand #162: Chen raised his button, making it 600,000 to play, and the action folded around making it two in a row for a short-stacked Chen.
Hand #163: Chen kept up the aggression, raising to 600,000 from under the gun, but he finally met resistance in the form of a reshove by Gray. Chen mucked and the pot was pushed Gray's way.
Hand #164: Gray popped it 750,000 from under the gun, and Chen came along to see a flop of . After Chen checked the action, Gray responded in kind by tapping the table, and the turned. Chen elected to lead out on fourth street, firing 825,000 and staring silently at the table. Gray reached towards his stack and cut out enough chips for a call, bringing the on the river. This card caused Chen to deliberate for thirty seconds while riffling a stack of purple T100,000 chips. Eventually, he used those chips to bet 1.35 million, and Gray quickly looked him up, but Chen's for the flopped nuts proved to be the winner.
Hand #165: As tournament staff colored off some of the orange T5000 chips, we missed a brief and uneventful pot.
Hand #166: Gray's open-shove from the small blind claimed the antes.
Hand #167: Liberto tried the same trick, moving all-in from the small blind, and he took the pot without a contest.
Hand #168: Action folded around to Bennington in the small blind, and he raised to 850,000. Chen called and the flop of was checked by Bennington. Chen fired a bet of 675,000 forward, Bennington popped it to 2.1 million, and Chen insta-folded.
06/04/13 10:15:51 PM PST
Approximate Chip Counts
|Jonathan Gray||9,355,000||-995,000 |
|Michael Bennington||8,195,000||550,000 |
|Benny Chen||7,250,000||2,300,000 |
|Justin Liberto||3,750,000||-1,855,000 |06/04/13 10:15:00 PM PST
Hand #153: Bennington bumped it up to 600,000 holding the button, and Gray came along to see the flop of hit the table. Gray checked to Bennington, and then called the doctor's 1 million chip bet. On the and river, both players checked it down and Bennington's was the winner.
Hand #154: Gray moved all-in from the small blind, adding the antes to his stack.
Hand #155: Gray raised his button to 750,000, folding the blinds and claiming their chips.
Hand #156: With momentum on his side and the chip lead to boot, Gray raised for a third hand in a row, making it 750,000 to play from under the gun. Chen called to defend his big blind, and the flop of was checked around. On the turn, Chen fired 650,000 into the pot, and Gray matched the wager. The arrived on the river, and Chen again led out, this time for 850,000, and Gray pondered the mysteries of life for a minute before electing to call. He could not beat Chen's for top pair, and the intricate chip trading dance here at the final table continued.
Hand #157: Liberto raised to 605,000 from under the gun, but folded to Gray's three-bet ship.
Hand #158: On the button, Chen raised to 600,000, but folded when Gray again shipped his entire stack into the middle to force an all-in decision.
Hand #159: Chen opened for 600,000 from under the gun, and Bennington came along. The flop fell , drawing oohs and ahhs from the rail, but Benningto check-folded to Chen's 450,000 c-bet.
06/04/13 09:59:46 PM PST
Approximate Chip Counts
|Jonathan Gray||10,350,000||6,450,000 |
|Michael Bennington||7,645,000||-3,200,000 |
|Justin Liberto||5,605,000||-3,850,000 |
|Benny Chen||4,950,000||600,000 ||