Former ballet dancer takes Moneymaker Millionaire

How's this for a trio battling for a million bucks at the final table of the Moneymaker Millionaire: A former ballet dancer, a guy who almost didn't make it because his wife threw his passport out, and a sandwich artist?

In the end: Former ballet dancer Quillan Nagel, a 30-year-old grad student from Ottawa, Canada, took down the final pot and became yet another embodiment of the Moneymaker dream - from poker unknown to millionaire in the blink of an eye.

More than 800,000 players started out in the freeroll, with months of play finally whittling the field down to an eclectic final 27 players, who were flown to the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas for the televised finale.

Sixteen hours of play later, Nagel took out almost-passportless Floridian Jerry Watterson - calling with K-5 on what turned out to be a $700,000 Q-T bluff - and that was that: He was $1 million richer.

Of a final 27 loaded with amateurs and unlikely qualifiers, Nagel was a surprise winner but far from out-of-place.

Among the other final table participants: a busboy who won $44,000, a fruit-packing assembly line worker who won $72,000, and Steve Bazzo, a Subway employee from Michigan who finished fourth and took home $118,000.

Nagel's final tally was $850,000 in cash and an Aston Martin DB9 worth $150,000, bringing the total to $1 million.

He was set to return to Canada to defend his Master's thesis in International Affairs this week, but it can't be confirmed he'll make it.

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