“Millionaire Maker” tournament may be too big to fit


The “Millionaire Maker” tournament has become so popular at the World Series of Poker, there might not be enough seats at the Rio Convention Center for everyone who wants to play.

The $1,500 buy-in Single Re-Entry No-Limit Hold ’em tournament, featuring a guaranteed $1 million to the winner, had more than 6,500 entrants as of 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Seth Palansky, the vice president of corporate communications for Caesars Interactive Entertainment, which owns the WSOP.

Registration for the event closes at 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

“We have definitely exceeded last year’s record number,” Palansky wrote in an email. “Today will go down as the biggest one-day starting event in the history of the game of live poker.”

Last year’s inaugural “Millionaire Maker” tournament set a record for a non-Main Event field with 6,343 participants, and winner Benny Chen took home nearly $1.2 million.

Palansky said WSOP officials expect more than 7,000 entrants when it’s all said and done. The final table for the “Millionaire Maker” was originally scheduled for Monday, but Palansky confirmed it will now take at least four days to complete the tournament.

“Honestly, 8,000 may be possible…not sure we have the space to accommodate though,” Palansky wrote.

Here are the 10 largest live-tournament fields in WSOP history:

8,773 - 37th Annual $10,000 WSOP Main Event 7/28/2006

7,319 - 41st Annual $10,000 WSOP Main Event 7/5/2010

6,865 - 42nd Annual $10,000 WSOP Main Event 7/7/2011

6,844 - 39th Annual $10,000 WSOP Main Event 7/3/2008

6,598 - 43rd Annual $10,000 WSOP Main Event 7/7/2012

6,494 - 40th Annual $10,000 WSOP Main Event 7/3/2009

6,358 - 38th Annual $10,000 WSOP Main Event 7/6/2007

6,352 - 44th Annual $10,000 WSOP Main Event 7/7/2013

6,343 - WSOP Event #6 - $1,500 Millionaire Maker 6/1/2013

6,012 - WSOP Event #4 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 5/30/2009