Waxman Wins First Bracelet, PEI’s Benny Chen Takes Millionaire Maker

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Matt Waxman

Matt Waxman beat fellow pro Eric Baldwin heads-up to win his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 NLHE event for $305,952 yesterday.

It turned into an epic match as the two pros battled for 187 hands over seven hours but Waxman came out on top in the end. 

Waxman wasn’t the only player to win a bracelet yesterday as PEI’s Benny Chen won the enormous Millionaire Maker for $1.1 million and Michael Malm claimed the $2,500 8-Game event for $225,104. 

Meanwhile $3,000 Shootout final table was reached last night and it looks to be a good one with David “Bakes” Baker, Tim West, Cliff Josephy, Chris Klodnicki and Ryan Hughes competing for a bracelet.

Eric Froehlich also grabbed the overnight chip lead in $1,500 NLHE event while Chino Rheem, Scott Clements and Vanessa Rousso are in the top 10 chip counts of $2,500 NLHE 6-Max.

Here’s a look at the payouts for the big Waxman/Baldwin final table:

  • 1. Matt Waxman - $305,952
  • 2. Eric Baldwin - $189,200
  • 3. Jess Diquino - $130,825
  • 4. Amit Makhija - $94,353
  • 5. Brent Hanks - $68,975
  • 6. Jacob Jung - $51,086
  • 7. Robert Dreyfuss - $38,340
  • 8. Tuu Ho - $29,147
  • 9. Jason Koon - $22,435

Benny Chen Smashes Millionaire Maker Final Table

Benny Chen

Charlottetown, PEI, native Benny Chen outlasted all 6,343 runners to win the biggest non-Main Event WSOP event ever held for $1.1 million.

Dan Kelly was perhaps the most well-known player at the final table of the Millionaire Maker ended up running out of gas in fifth place for $302,104.

Instead Chen played his big stack to perfection, eventually getting heads-up against Michael Bennington with a 3-1 chip lead over the commercial pilot from Texas. He finished him off in just five hands when his pocket nines held up over Bennington's threes.

It was an impressive achivement for Chen, who manages a restaurant with his brother in Charlottetown.

“I’ve played quite a few tourneys, but every time I get down deep, I lose races or get in tough spots,” Chen told the Las Vegas Sun. “This time, everything went well for me. I kept my composure and it came to me.”

Here’s a complete look at the final-table payouts in Event 6, $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em:
  • 1. Benny Chen - $1,198,780
  • 2. Michael Bennington - $741,903
  • 3. Jonathan Gray - $534,506
  • 4. Justin Liberto - $400,408
  • 5. Dan Kelly - $302,104
  • 6. Chris Hunichen - $229,575
  • 7. Upeshka Desilva - $175,714
  • 8. Robert McVeigh - $135,467
  • 9. Theron Eichenberge - $105,154

Michael Malm is Eight-Game Master in Event 8

Greg Mueller
Near miss for Greg Mueller

Ontario’s Michael Malm rose above a stacked field in Event 8 $2,500 8-Game Mix to win his first gold bracelet and $225,104.

The tournament drew the likes of Robert Mizrachi, Josh Arieh, Chris Reslock and Randy Ohel but they were all eliminated well short of the final table.

Instead the final table offered pros Marco Johnson, Mike Wattel, Dario Alioto and Greg Mueller.

Johnson, Wattel and Alioto were all dusted early but Mueller made a serious run at his third WSOP bracelet. The former pro hockey player ended up finally dropping in third for $89,673.

Instead Malm beat Steven Wolansky heads-up to earn the title. Here’s a look at the final-table payouts:

  • 1. Michael Malm - $225,104
  • 2. Steven Wolansky - $139,034
  • 3. Greg Mueller - $89,673
  • 4. Eric Crain - $64,975
  • 5. Michael Hurey - $47,771
  • 6. Dario Alioto - $35,634
  • 7. Mike Wattel - $26,966
  • 8. Marco Johnson - $20,699

Baker, West, Josephy Headline $3k NLHE Shootout Final

David Baker
David "Bakes" Baker

Cliff Josephy, David “Bakes” Baker, Tim West and Steven Silverman have all made it into arguably the most star-studded final table at the 2013 WSOP yet.

Thanks to surviving their earlier matches in Event 9 $3k NLHE Shootout they’ll all start with about 425,000 chips when the final-table begins today at 1 p.m.

Here are the chip counts to start the day:

  • 1. Steven Silverman – 428,000
  • 2. Simeon Naydenov – 427,000
  • 3. Tim West – 428,000
  • 4. Cliff Josephy – 419,000
  • 5. Alessandro Longobardi – 421,000
  • 6. Max Steinberg – 428,000
  • 7. Evan Silverstein – 427,000
  • 8. Ryan Hughes – 422,000
  • 9. David “Bakes” Baker – 428,000
  • 10. Chris Klodnicki – 429,000

Froehlich Tops $1,500 Limit Hold’em Day 2

Eric Froehlich
Eric Froehlich

Eric Froehlich was on fire during Day 2 of Event 10 $1,500 Limit Hold’em yesterday.

The day began with 177 players including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Nick Schulman, Matt Hawrilenko and David “ODB” Baker who all eventually busted.

Instead it was Froehlich who came out on top in the 19 remaining players with 319,000 chips.

Also of note are Brent Wheeler (153,000 chips) and Barry Shulman (23,000). Action resumes at 2 p.m. today.

Here are the top-10 chip counts:

  • 1. Eric Froehlich – 319,000
  • 2. Mark Mierkalns – 266,000
  • 3. Morgan Newman – 242,000
  • 4. Aaron Ogus – 233,000
  • 5. Binh Ly – 197,000
  • 6. Chiduziem Obi – 183,000
  • 7. Brian Nichols – 182,000
  • 8. Thomas Blizniak – 170,000
  • 9. Jack Jiang – 161,000
  • 10. Malissia Zapata – 161,000

Le, Rheem, Clements Run Hot in $2.5k NLHE 6-Max Day 1

Chino Rheem
Chino Rheem

Tuan Le, Chino Rheem, Scott Clements and Eddy Sabat are among the chip leaders after Day 1 of Event 11 $2,500 NLHE 6-Max.

A total of 924 players bought into the tournament including heavyweights Scott Seiver, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and Faraz Jaka. Unfortunately all the aforementioned names busted.

There are still plenty pros in the 133 players that bagged up chips at the end of the day including Vanessa Rousso and Chris Moorman.

Action resumes at 1 p.m. today. Here are the top-10 chip counts:

  • 1. Tammy Tribbles – 233,300
  • 2. Steve Kelly – 244,000
  • 3. Tuan Le – 149,000
  • 4. Nicholas Grippo – 137,600
  • 5. Chino Rheem – 136,400
  • 6. Marcio Cid – 135,000
  • 7. Scott Clements – 122,000
  • 8. Andreas Hoivold – 92,000
  • 9. Eddy Sabat – 88,700
  • 10. Tom Braband – 77,100

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