The $1,500 No-limit Hold’em Event 20 of the WSOP, also known as Millionaire Maker has it’s 2017 champion. His name is Pablo Mariz who will take home $1,221,407. This is the first big win and golden bracelet for the excited Canadian.
The event came up to be the second biggest in terms entries since the maiden edition in 2014. There were 7,761 players between the two days and 1,165 of them got a chunk of the prize pool.
The final day too just under 12 hours to determine a winner. There were 161 hands played on the final before all the chips got stacked in front Pablo Mariz.
An Rollercoaster Finish
His opponent in the heads up was Dejuante Alexander. The American had more chips at first it didn’t last too long. In fact, nothing did for a while as the players kept exchanging the lead. The first big moment came when Mariz hit a life-saving three in a hand that would’ve cost him the tournament. A bit later, it was Alexander’s turn on the ropes, but a king saved his day.
In the final hand, the American went in with A3o and Mariz called with QJo. There were blanks till the river when the Queen of spades decided the tournament. Mariz became the first Canadian to win a bracelet this year.
A Duo On The Rise?
This was the second huge performance for Mariz in this year’s WSOP. Earlier he became 2nd in the $1,000 Tag Team event with his partner David Guay. Dejuante Alexander is also hardly a random guy. The American is famous in the poker world and doubled his career winnings after getting $754,499 for the second place. He also owns a WSOP circuit ring and has a lot of experience in live tournaments.
The rest of the final table finished as follows:
- Alexander Farahi ($561,530)
- Mark MacDonnell ($420,805)
- Bryce Yockey ($317,544)
- Yuriy Boyko ($241,303)
- Jonathan Gray ($184,663)
- Thiago Grigoletti ($142,323)
- Hector Martin ($110,476)