Benny Chen Takes Command to Win Millionaire Maker
Not the least bit surprising, the players came back from the break looking for some action. More accurately, the blinds were forcing them to take action as the average stack size was just 17.5 big blinds.
One player was sent to the rail on the first hand back and action stayed hot, lasting just 20 hands from four-handed play to crowning a new champion.
Liberto Runs out of Luck
Chipleader Benny Chen min-raised from under the gun before Liberto three-bet his last 3,050,000 which was instantly called by Chen with A♦ T♠. Liberto would need one more comeback to stay alive with A♣ 9♦.
Both hit the T♣ 9♥ 5♥ flop to keep Chen in the lead and Liberto couldn’t spike the extra nine on the turn or river.
Liberto had a crazy run over the last few days with some major hands and bigger comebacks. He had a decent chiplead during the final table but was knocked out in 4th place for $400,408.
Chen Gets Another
Michael Bennington open to 800,000 from the button, it was called by Chen in the small blind before Jonathan Gray moved all-in for 5,000,000.
Bennington folded his button and Chen called to find out he was behind in the hand with K♦ Q♥ against Gray’s A♠ Q♣.
A continuation on the bad beat theme, Chen flopped two pair on the K♣ Q♠ 8♣ board. Supporters for both players mumbled when the 5♣ gave Gray a flush draw.
It was Chen’s friends who would cheer as the 2♣ gave him the hand and the lead going into heads up play.
Benny and the Bracelet
It did not take long for Chen to win the heads up match against Bennington. He began with the lion's share of chips and extended the lead on the 5th hand with a full house.
Two hands later Bennington was all-in looking for a double up or Chen to become the next WSOP Millionaire.
It took four bets to Bennington's chips in the middle with both were holding a pair, strong hands in heads up play. Unfortunately for the doctor, his 3♠ 3♣ were well behind Chen's 9♠ 9♥.
Unlike most all-in hands the last two days, there was no drama provided by the dealer. The board ran out K♣ 8♦ 2♥ J♣ A♣ Michael Bennington was eliminated in 2nd.
The doctor played well to make the right moves and put himself in contention even though he began the final table in the bottom half of the chip counts.
Benny Chen took command of the final table late to become the newest WSOP Champion plus a very nice $1,198,780.