Millionaire Maker Breaks Records

The World Series of Poker continues to revamp their schedule every year to meet player demand and this year they've hit a home run with the new Millionaire Maker $1,500 No Limit Texas Holdem event.

Large numbers of entrants were expected but no one thought so many player would try their luck in what has become the largest single-day poker event in history. [ Watch Bodog for satellites and qualifiers that will send 10 poker players to Vegas with $15,000 prize packages! ]

A total of 6,343 entrants filled the Rio over the two 1A and 1B entry times compiling a massive $8.5 million prize pool. First-place prize money easily went beyond the guaranteed $1 million with the winner eventually earning $1.2 million.

The previous record for a $1,500 buy-in event was 3929 entrants and that number came close to being doubled. First place is almost 800 times the buy-in amount making for incredible value on their WSOP buy-in dollar.

Play is down to the final table and Benny Chen is the current leader with over $5.8 million in chips.

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Current chip counts for the final table of the Millionaire Maker event are:

1 Benny Chen 5,865,000
2 Jonathan Gray 2,745,000
3 Justin Liberto 3,800,000
4 Chris Hunichen 3,430,000
5 Joe Kuether 1,365,000
6 Dan Kelly 4,130,000
7 Robert McVeigh 3,175,000
8 Michael Bennington 2,995,000
9 Upeshka DeSilva 550,000
10 Theron Eichenberger 595,000

Play resumed at 1 pm on Tuesday and they will play down until the winner of the Millionaire Maker tournament is crowned. The remaining field includes a few known online giants in Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen and Dan "djk123" Kelly.

Kelly is the only player in the field to have previously won a WSOP bracelet. In 2010 he took down the $25k Six-Handed event and pocketed over a million for that win.

He'll be looking to collect another big pay check this week and is in good shape to do it with his second-place chip stack of 4,130,000.