Day 3 of the World Series of Poker $1,500 Millionaire Maker has 136 players returning to action. The goal is to trim the field to a final table for Wednesday’s exclusive final table broadcast on PokerGO at 2:30 pm ET with hole cards.
The event drew 7,761 entrants and pushed the prize pool over the $10 million mark – leaving $1.2 million for the winner. In advance of the necessary 127 eliminations for the official final table, here’s the staff picks for the final table.
Jessica Dawley – 650,000
The South Florida pro hasn’t found much success at the Rio with 16 career cashes – with a couple of deep runs in the Ladies Championship. A final table run would result in her largest WSOP cash to date.
Bob Bounahra – 417,000
The former November Niner knows how to navigate large No Limit Hold’em fields and his game improved since his 2011 run with the Magician as his son-in-law.
Jake Bazeley has been close to a bracelet before. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Jake Bazeley – 208,000
The Cincinnati grinder has over $1.1 million in WSOP earnings with three final tables. He’s been on a downswing lately but his luck changes and the BCP member will turn things around for his year.
Marc MacDonnell – 873,000
The young Irish pro is still waiting for his breakout moment, but has $805,560 in events mostly across Europe. He’s picked up the American game quick though, with 17 WSOP cashes since 2013.
Kenny Hallaert can make his way through large fields. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Kenny Hallaert – 523,000
The tournament director from Belgium gained international notoriety from his WSOP Main Event final table run in 2016, but he also took fifth in the 2015 Colossus – proving he can navigate large fields. But he’s been known for years inside the industry with his tournament work.
Jonathan Karamalikis – 345,000
The Australian poker player is sixth all-time on Australia’s money list and has four years of cashing at the WSOP. He’s cashed in two Vegas Main Events, played in WSOP Europe and APAC and dominated tournaments in Asia for multiple six-figure scores.
Mark Dube – 951,000
Another South Florida pro at the final table – a statement on how the area has grown poker to a new level – he came close to a bracelet in 2015 with a runner-up finish in an Omaha HiLo event. Dube’s had more financial success on the World Poker Tour but top three finish would be the largest of his career.
Yervand Boyadjian aka “Chris Limo” – 1,023,000
He’s become an East Coast staple over the past couple of years and most recently finished in fifth at the $3,500 WPT Borgata Poker Open. He owns a limo company, hence the nickname.
Matt Affleck is fresh of another WSOP Final Table. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Matt Affleck – 207,000
The Seattle-based pro has had some huge moments on the WSOP stage – earning $1.08 million and TV time when his hopes were crushed in 2011. He just navigated the Colossus field for an eighth place finish which was twice the field size.