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2023 World Series of Poker Paradise The Official WSOP Live Updates

Sunday, December 03, 2023 to Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Event #1: Mystery Millions

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $5,169,000
  • Entries: 3,446
  • Remaining: tbd

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Thursday, December 7, 2023 2:06 AM Local Time
Jin Hoon Lee Ships the Mystery Millions for $420,000!

Jin Hoon Lee

The opening event of the first ever World Series of Poker Paradise has crowned a champion here at Atlantis Resort in beautiful Bahamas and while sharks swim in the ocean just a few hundred yards away, a different type of shark has stacked up every chip in the room to stand alone in Event #1: $1,500 Mystery Millions.

In a tournament that had a field size totaling 3,446 entries spread across five starting flights, Jin Hoon Lee has become the last man standing, securing his first WSOP bracelet and the $420,000 lion's share of the $5,169,000 prize pool that the event created.

Lee came back for the final day with the eighth biggest stack of the 34 returning players and was able to navigate his way to the final table after a day filled with ups and downs. When the final table began, Lee sat behind a middling stack that was only good for 14 blinds, but he played a very focused and disciplined game, picking his spots well and never giving anything away. Now, with all the dust settled, he stands alone.

Lee had no easy task in front of him at the start of the day with huge names like Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood and David Peters returning to chase the bracelet as well. Phil Hellmuth was also among the returning Day 3 field and was gunning for his record-extending 18th bracelet, but all of them would fall short of their ultimate goal of adding hardware to their trophy cases.

Action of the Day

The final table of nine was reached when a huge three-way confrontation led to a double elimination that would send Rafael Robles and bracelet winner Konstantinos Nanos to the rail on the final table bubble. From there, Hyunsup Kim would be the first to fall at the final table of nine when he got his short stack all in and in a dominating position but would be out-flopped and sent to an earlier than desired exit from the final table.

Next to fall was accomplished pro Davidi Kitai who lost a flip to find the exit in eighth place before Kartik Ved fell in a roller coaster of a hand that saw the lead change on every street of the runout. A little over an hour of play would pass before Thomas Santerne would be the next to exit after being on the wrong end of a flip situation.

Davidi Kitai
Davidi Kitai

Next up on the chopping block was Drew Scott after he fell to a sick runout that saw him hold the lead until the final card fell. Bowing out in fourth place was Konstantin Maslak who got all in with a dominated ace and found no improvement after five cards. At this point, Maria Ho had busted all but one player and the final table and still held a big chip lead to enter three-handed play, but after losing a massive flip, she found herself short for the first time since the start of Day 2 and would be the next player to exit in third place when she got her short stack in and couldn't improve to extend her run at her first bracelet.

Maria HoJin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola
Maria HoJin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola

When heads-up play began, Jin Hoon Lee had roughly a 3:1 chip lead, but Max Pinnola would battle back over a series of hands that saw him completely flip the chip counts to a 3:1 lead in his favor. The battle wasn't over yet, though, as Lee never gave an inch and stormed his way back after doubling with kings and aces in short order. On the final hand, Lee found himself headed to a runout with a dominating hand that would hold up through five cards, securing Lee his first WSOP bracelet in what was an action packed final table.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1stJin Hoon LeeSouth Korea$420,000
2ndMax PinnolaUnited States$257,100
3rdMaria HoUnited States$200,000
4thKonstantin MaslakRussia$160,000
5thDrew ScottCanada$127,000
6thThomas SanterneFrance$101,000
7thKartik VedIndia$80,000
8thDavidi KitaiBelgium$64,000
9thHyunsup KimSouth Korea$51,000

Winner's Thoughts

Lee was absolutely over the moon to take down the bracelet. So much so, in fact, that his celebratory screams could be felt from the other end of the room and the fact that he had his friends around him to witness the moment made it all the more special. When asked what the victory meant to him, he expressed the elation he was feeling for bringing home a WSOP bracelet to his home country of South Korea.

He made it clear that he hoped his win would further pave the way for other Korean players to throw their hat in the ring and use his win as the inspiration to come to the WSOP, take a seat at the table and bring home more bracelets for his country and with the international love that exists for the WSOP and the game of poker in general, there may be no better feeling in the world than to grow the game you love for the country you love.

That concludes coverage of this event but keep it locked to PokerNews for continued coverage of the first ever World Series of Poker Paradise from Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas!

Thursday, December 7, 2023 1:38 AM Local Time
Max Pinnola Eliminated in 2nd Place ($257,100)

Max Pinnola

Max Pinnola shoved all in for 22,000,000 and Jin Hoon Lee called.

Max Pinnola:   
Jin Hoon Lee:   

The     flop kept Lee ahead with his dominating kicker to the   turn. Pinnola needed only a four to survive, but the   river bricked and Pinnola was eliminated in second place for $257,100.

Meanwhile, Lee claims the WSOP bracelet and $420,000 for his victory.

Jin Hoon Lee172,500,00044,500,000
Max Pinnola0-44,500,000
Thursday, December 7, 2023 1:28 AM Local Time
Lee Bluffs River

Max Pinnola limped with    and Jin Hoon Lee checked his option with   .

The     flop was checked to the   turn and Lee bet 5,000,000. Pinnola called.

The   completed the board and Lee slid forward a bet of 15,000,000, causing his opponent to fold.

Jin Hoon Lee128,000,000-2,000,000
Max Pinnola44,500,0002,000,000
Thursday, December 7, 2023 1:25 AM Local Time
Level 44 started
Level: 44
Blinds: 2,500,000/5,000,000
Ante: 5,000,000
Thursday, December 7, 2023 1:17 AM Local Time
Lee Doubles With Superior Pocket Pair

Jin Hoon Lee

Jin Hoon Lee raised to 8,000,000, Max Pinnola shoved, and Lee snap-called all in for 55,000,000.

Jin Hoon Lee:   
Max Pinnola:   

The board ran out       and the cowboys stayed ahead to move Lee into the lead.

Jin Hoon Lee130,000,00067,000,000
Max Pinnola42,500,000-67,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, December 7, 2023 1:12 AM Local Time
Pinnola Adds to Lead

Max Pinnola limped with    and Jin Hoon Lee checked his option with   .

The dealer spread the     flop and Lee check-called for 5,000,000.

The   turn was checked to the   river and Lee bet 7,000,000. Pinnola raised to 20,000,000 and Lee called.

Pinnola tabled his two pair and claimed the pot to extend his chip lead.

Max Pinnola109,500,00018,000,000
Jin Hoon Lee63,000,000-18,000,000
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:48 AM Local Time
Lee Doubles Through Pinnola

Max Pinnola limped the button and Jin Hoon Lee followed suit and checked behind to bring out the     flop.

Lee checked over to Pinnola who jammed and got snap-called by Lee to set up a runout with Lee at risk.

Jin Hoon Lee:   
Max Pinnola:   

The turn brought the   leaving Pinnola with just one card left to hit a club, but when the river came the  , Lee secured the double and brought the stacks back to almost even.

Max Pinnola91,500,000-27,500,000
Jin Hoon Lee81,000,00027,500,000
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:44 AM Local Time
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante: 4,000,000
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:39 AM Local Time
Flush for Pinnola

Max Pinnola

Jin Hoon Lee limped with    and Max Pinnola checked his option with   .

The     flop was checked to the   turn and Pinnola checked. Lee bet 4,000,000 and Pinnola responded with a check-raise to 15,000,000. Lee thought about it and called.

The   fell on the river and Pinnola jammed, putting Lee to the test for his remaining 53,500,000. Lee shuffled his chips and counted his stack as he watched his opponent before he eventually sent his cards into the muck to concede the pot.

Max Pinnola119,000,00027,000,000
Jin Hoon Lee53,500,000-27,000,000
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:30 AM Local Time
Pinnola Doubles Through Lee, Taking Over the Chip Lead

Jin Hoon Lee limps from the button and Max Pinnola checked his option to bring out the     flop.

Pinnola checked over to Lee who tossed out a bet for 3,000,000. Pinnola double checked his cards before check-raising all in into Lee.

Lee quickly took his sunglasses off and asked for a count. After getting a verified number, Lee put in the call to set up a two card runout with Pinnola at risk.

Max Pinnola:   
Jin Hoon Lee:   

The turn brought the  , giving two pair to Pinnola and taking away Lee's overcard outs. The   river completed the board, securing the pot for Pinnola and making him the chip leader in this heads up match.

Max Pinnola92,000,00025,500,000
Jin Hoon Lee80,500,000-25,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:08 AM Local Time
Maria Ho Eliminated in 3rd Place ($200,000)

Maria Ho Jin Hoon Lee

Jin Hoon Lee jammed the small blind and Maria Ho called all in for 13,000,000 in the big blind.

Maria Ho:   
Jin Hoon Lee:   

The     flop kept Lee ahead, and although the   turn gave Ho gutshot outs, the   river bricked out and Ho was eliminated in third place for $200,000.

Jin Hoon Lee106,000,00017,300,000
Max Pinnola66,500,000-2,200,000
Maria Ho0-17,400,000
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:00 AM Local Time
Level 42 started
Level: 42
Blinds: 1,500,000/3,000,000
Ante: 3,000,000
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:47 PM Local Time
Lee Wins Massive Flip, Leaves Ho Short for the First Time in Two Days

Jin Hoon Lee

Jin Hoon Lee limped from the small blind only to see Maria Ho jam from the big blind to put Lee at risk. Lee paused briefly before deciding to make the call to set up a runout with himself the player at risk.

Jin Hoon Lee:   
Maria Ho:   

The     flop was safe for Ho, but when the turn brought the  , Ho was left needing help headed to the river.

The dealer burned a card and put the   out on the river, securing a massive chip lead double for Lee and leaving Ho with a short stack for the first time since the start of Day 2.

Jin Hoon Lee88,700,00048,100,000
Maria Ho17,400,000-45,600,000
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:42 PM Local Time
Pinnola Takes the Chip Lead

Jin Hoon Lee raised to 5,000,000 on the button and Max Pinnola defended the big blind.

The dealer spread the     flop and Pinnola check-called for 4,000,000.

The   turn was checked to the   river and Pinnola bet 7,000,000, causing Lee to muck.

Max Pinnola68,700,0009,000,000
Maria Ho63,000,0000
Jin Hoon Lee40,600,000-9,000,000
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:32 PM Local Time
Konstantin Maslak Eliminated in 4th Place ($160,000)

Konstantin Maslak

Konstantin Maslak jammed the button for his last 3,900,000 and found a caller in Jin Hoon Lee in the small blind to set up a runout with Maslak at risk.

Konstantin Maslak:   
Jin Hoon Lee:   

The board ran out      , securing the pot for Lee and sending Maslak to the rail in fourth place for $160,000.

Jin Hoon Lee49,600,0008,900,000
Konstantin Maslak0-3,900,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:30 PM Local Time
Lee Picks Up Aces to Leave Maslak Short-Stacked

Konstantin Maslak shoved the small blind and Jin Hoon Lee looked down at his cards in the big blind and quickly called all in for 16,600,000 chips.

Konstantin Maslak:   
Jin Hoon Lee:   

The     flop gave Maslak a sweat with an open-ended straight draw, but the   and   completed the board to keep Lee's aces in front, leaving Maslak with crumbs.

Jin Hoon Lee40,700,00015,900,000
Konstantin Maslak3,900,000-19,100,000
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:23 PM Local Time
Pinnola Doubles Through Ho

Maria Ho jammed from the small blind only to see Max Pinnola find the call from the big blind to put himself at risk and headed to a runout.

Max Pinnola:   
Maria Ho:   

The board ran out      , securing a full double for Pinnola as Ho levels out her stack with Pinnola who is now essentially tied for the chip lead with Ho.

Maria Ho63,000,000-27,400,000
Max Pinnola59,700,00028,600,000
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:10 PM Local Time
Pinnola Doubles Through Ho

Maria Ho jammed the button and Max Pinnola called all in for 11,800,000 in the big blind.

Max Pinnola:   
Maria Ho:   

The     flop gave Pinnola top pair, while Ho picked up a gutshot draw. The   turn changed nothing, and the   river secured Pinnola's double.

Maria Ho90,400,000-14,300,000
Max Pinnola31,100,0009,300,000
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:07 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,200,000/2,500,000
Ante: 2,500,000
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:06 PM Local Time
Drew Scott Eliminated in 5th Place ($127,000)

Drew Scott

Action folded to Maria Ho in the small blind who opted to limp. Drew Scott peeled back his cards before deciding to put in a raise to 7,500,000. Ho checked her cards once more before announcing all in and seeing a snap-call from Scott to set up a huge heads up runout.

Drew Scott:   
Maria Ho:   

The flop came    , keeping Scott well ahead of Ho.

The   turn card provided a lot of additional outs for Ho and when the river brought the  , Ho secured a massive knock out by sending Scott to the rail in fifth place for $127,000.

Maria Ho104,700,00029,800,000
Drew Scott0-23,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
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