During past iterations of the World Series of Poker, the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament had become a symbol of the poker's explosive growth, with these amateur friendly events affording everybody a chance to compete for a gold bracelet. Today, the WSOP celebrates yet another sign that poker's pulse remains strong, as the inaugural $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em tournament enters its third day of play after attracting an astounding 6,343 runners during the two Day 1 flights.
With a guaranteed $1,000,000 first prize, professionals and recreational players alike applied all of their focus and energy to build their chipstacks, and the atmosphere in the room on Day 2 resembled a big buy-in event in terms of pressure and excitement. Andy Hwang, who you may remember as the recent winner of the WPT's Borgata Winter Open championship, used his experience to accumulate chips at a rapid rate, eventually ending the day with a massive stack of 912,000 and wide gap between himself and the average stack. Among the other notable names to bag and tag at the end of Day 2 were two-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements (294,000), who topped the chip counts after Day 1b, decorated Australian pro Brendon Rubie (487,000), 2010 WSOP Triple-Stack bracelet winner Ryan Welch (346,000), and circuit grinder Mike Carroll (78,000).
The plan today is to play 10 one-hour levels, with tournament staff hoping to pare the field of 133 to a prestigious final table. For the nine players who preserve their stacks until the "Mothership" is reached, a six-figure payday is guaranteed, and below you can review the huge paydays awaiting our "Millionaire Maker" final table members.
We will be bringing you continued coverage of today's Day 3 from the PokerNews' live reporting desk, so stay tuned for updates on all of the action.