2019 WSOP Day 15: Gorsuch Wins Millionaire Maker

2019 WSOP Day 15: Gorsuch Wins Millionaire Maker

The WSOP has created another millionaire. John Gorsuch won the largest Millionaire Maker event to date, along with his first gold bracelet.

But he wasn’t the only one that won gold yesterday.

On Wednesday, June 12, this is what happened at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker.

Event 19:  $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker – Final

Total entries: 8,809

Prize pool:  $11,892,150

Players paid:  1,322

Final table payouts:

1st place:  John Gorsuch (USA) – $1,344,930

2nd place:  Kazuki Ikeuchi (Japan) – $830,783

3rd place:  Lokesh Garg (USA) – $619,017

4th place:  Vincas Tamasauskas (Lithuania) – $464,375

5th place:  Josh Thibodaux (USA) – $350,758

6th place:  Cory Albertson (USA) – $266,771

7th place:  Bob Shao (USA) – $204,306

8th place:  Fabian Gumz (Germany) – $157,565

9th place:  Joshua Reichard (USA) – $122,375

Event 23:  $1,500 Eight-Game Mix – Final

Total entries:  612

Prize pool:  $826,200

Players paid:  92

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Rami Boukai (USA) – $177,294

2nd place:  John Evans (USA) – $109,553

3rd place:  Chris Klodnicki (USA) – $72,933

4th place:  Philip Long (UK) – $49,531

5th place:  Allen Kessler (USA) – $34,329

6th place:  Donny Rubinstein (USA) – $24,292

Day 4 starting time:  2pm

Event 25:  $600 PLO Deepstack – Final

Total entries:  2,577

Prize pool:  $1,352,925

Players paid:  387

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Andrew Donabedian (USA) – $205,605

2nd place:  Todd Dreyer (USA) – $126,948

3rd place:  Robert Valden (USA) – $92,672

4th place:  Corey Wright (USA) – $68,258

5th place:  Mihai Niste (Hungary) – $50,732

6th place:  Alexandru Ivan (USA) – $38,051

7th place:  Tom Franklin (USA) – $28,803

8th place:  Florian Fuchs (Austria) – $22,006

9th place:  Alexander Condon (USA) – $16,971

Event 26:  $2,620 NLHE Marathon – Day 3 of 6

Total entries:  1,083

Prize pool:  $2,553,714

Players paid:  163

Minimum payout:  $3,928

Winner payout:  $477,401

Day 3 players remaining:  52

Chip leader:  Matt Russell (USA) – 1,260,000 chips

Day 4 starting time:  1pm

Event 27:  $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-Better – Day 3 of 4

Total entries:  460

Prize pool:  $621,000

Players paid:  69

Minimum payout:  $2,265

Winner payout:  $142,801

Day 3 players remaining:  6

Final table chip counts:

Michael Mizrachi (USA) – 1,355,000 chips

Michael Sopko (USA) – 1,184,000 chips

Robert Gray (USA) – 1,028,000 chips

Elias Hourani (USA) – 425,000 chips

Jose Paz-Gutierrez (Bolivia) – 300,000 chips

Jan Stein (USA) – 204,000 chips

Final table payouts thus far:

7th place:  Martin Sawtell (USA) – $15,921

8th place:  Matthew Schultz (USA) – $11,986

Day 4 starting time:  12noon

Event 28:  $1K NLHE – Day 2 of 3

Total entries:  2,477

Prize pool:  $2,229,300

Players paid:  372

Minimum payout:  $1,500

Winner payout:  $341,854

Day 2 players remaining:  6

Final table chip counts:

Stephen Song (USA) – 24,655,000 chips

Sevak Mikaiel (USA) – 6,395,000 chips

Scot Masters (USA) – 5,315,000 chips

Ryan Laplante (USA) – 4,885,000 chips

Renato Kaneoya (Brazil) – 4,875,000 chips

Dominic Coombe (Austria) – 3,505,000 chips

Final table payouts thus far:

7th place:  Pedro Ingles (USA) – $48,101

8th place:  Vegard Ropstad (Norway) – $36,783

9th place:  Yosef Lider (USA) – $28,394

Day 3 starting time:  12noon

Event 29:  $10K HORSE – Day 2 of 4

Total entries:  172

Prize pool:  $1,616,800

Players paid:  26

Minimum payout:  $15,176

Winner payout:  $425,347

Day 2 players remaining:  20

Chip leader:  Brian Hastings (USA) – 1,125,000 chips

Day 3 starting time:  3pm

Event 30 – $1K PLO – Day 1 of 3

Total entries:  1,526

Prize pool:  $1,373,300

Players paid:  229

Minimum payout:  $1,502

Winner payout:  $236,673

Day 1 players remaining:  309

Chip leader:  Stefan Ivanov (Bulgaria) – 386,000 chips

Day 2 starting time:  2pm

Event 31:  $3K NLHE 6-Handed – Day 1 of 4

Total entries:  754

Prize pool:  $2,035,800

Players paid:  114

Minimum payout:  $4,482

Winner payout:  $414,766

Day 1 players remaining:  140

Chip leader:  Griffin Benger (Canada) – 427,500 chips

Day 2 starting time:  2pm

Notable Information

The second-largest tournament of the 2019 WSOP thus far was the Millionaire Maker, and John Gorsuch outlasted the massive field of more than 8,800 players to win it. The 42-year-old Florida man recently sold his start-up company, sold his house, and bought an RV.

The WSOP victory was his first since a bar tournament win in 2013, but he plays poker regularly now. “I’m a poker player for right now,” he said. “Poker is awesome.”

In Event 23, Rami Boukai won his second WSOP gold bracelet, having grabbed his first one in 2009 in a PLO/Hold’em mixed tournament. The Saudi Arabian-born man is now a US resident and said the money meant a great deal to him. “I’m here for the money,” said the mixed game player. “I’ve been playing 8-game mix for at least 10 years.”

Andrew Donabedian won Event 25 yesterday. The Las Vegas resident is only 28 years old and plays a lot of tournaments. “I have a lot of seconds and thirds,” he said. “Been saving the win for the bracelet, I guess.”

The Omaha enthusiast noted the increasing popularity of the game. “I think it’s great!” It’s a lot more fun than hold’em.”


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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