Pablo Mariz Wins 2017 WSOP Millionaire Maker Event

Pablo Mariz Wins 2017 WSOP Millionaire Maker EventA total of 7,761 players entered Event #20 of this year’s World Series of Poker, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MILLIONAIRE MAKER, to create a prize pool of $10,477,350. The tournament then took four days to complete, at the end of which it was Canada’s Pablo Mariz who would eventually triumph over the field to claim a first career gold bracelet, as well as a top prize worth a massive $1,221,407.
Following an impressive performance which now pushes his live earnings to $1,310,867, the 27-year-old Montreal resident, who travelled to Las Vegas with a group of friends, stated that “we come here every year, grinding small events hoping to hit something big and we finally did.”
Amongst the huge number of players taking part in the Millionaire Maker event was a slew of big name pros, and amongst those subsequently finishing in one its 1,165 money places was Matt Affleck (31st), Jessica Dawley (30th), Lisa Hamilton (26th), Kenny Hallaert (17th), Kevin O’Donnell (16th), Farzad Bonyadi (15th), Brain Altman (14th), Ralph Perry (12th), and Senovio Ramirez (10th).
After the final table was set, Pablo Mariz then proceeded to eliminate Hector Martin in 9th, Yuriy Boyko in 6th, and Bryce Yockey in 5th, before Dejuante Alexander (A-9) took care of Alex Farahi (A-2) in 3rd to usher in heads-up play against Mariz for the bracelet.
Despite holding a slight advantage over Mariz, the positions soon reversed after all the chip went to the centre of the table preflop, with Alexander’s pocket aces ultimately proving unlucky against the pocket threes of his opponent. Down to just 13bb, Alexander subsequently lost his remaining chips in a K-3 versus A-10 encounter, and so had to settle for a runner-up finish worth $754,499, while Mariz claimed the title.
“I think we are going to be staying the rest of the summer, at least until the Main Event is over. I’m going for WSOP Player of the Year now,” commented Mariz after his impressive victory.
Final Table Results:
1: Pablo Mariz $1,221,407
2: Dejuante Alexander $754,499
3: Alex Farahi $561,530
4: Marc MacDonnell $420,805
5: Bryce Yockey $317,544
6: Yuriy Boyko $241,303
7: Jonathan Gray $184,663
8: Thiago Grigoletti $142,323
9: Hector Martin $110,476

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