The Millionaire Maker may have only been introduced at the World Series of Poker just last year for the first time, yet the very next year it has already become a record breaker. The $1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event has broken a record by seeing the largest ever one day field in a live poker tournament.
Admittedly this happened because they played out both Day 1a and Day 1b on the same day but it meant that there were a total of 7,954 players taking part in the same event on the same day. Many will say that the Main Event sometimes gets a larger field but because they play their opening day flights on different days the record goes to the Millionaire Maker.
In fact, this attendance actually beats that of many of the WSOP main event fields that have been played out over the years.
The event was designed to offer players with smaller bankrolls the opportunity to take part in a tournament with massive fields. Not everyone can afford the $5k that is required to take part in the Main Event, so this is sort of the younger brother of that event.
Despite the event being aimed at smaller bankrolls, it did not stop the more renowned names from taking part in it too however. There many involved such as Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Phil Ivey, Eugene Katchalov and Brandon Cantu.
Many of those big names did not manage to make a deep run however as they seem to treat the smaller events as a bit of a gamble rather than playing their tightest and most optimal poker.
We think that even though this event has had superb success over the past two years since its conception, it is only going to get even bigger in the next few years. We believe that this event could eventually see a starting day field of more than 10,000, which is just incomprehensible to think about. The logistics of it all just do not bare thinking about, yet we are sure that the World Series of Poker will be able to do what they do best and handle it all.
We will let you know which player comes out on top in that event as soon as we know ourselves. Whoever it is will have made an incredible achievement after beating so many players to the bracelet.