Ikeuchi Leads the Final Six in Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
And then there were six. After a busy day's play on Day 4 of Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Kazuki Ikeuchi took the overall chip lead going into the fifth and final day of this very special event, hoping to be made a millionaire tomorrow on the live broadcast final table.
Joining Ikeuchi at the final table will be Cory Albertson, Lokesh Garg, Joshua Thibodaux, John Gorsuch, and [Removed:174], all of whom have already locked up the biggest cash of their poker careers. One player's survival was incredible, as Gorsuch was down to just two big blinds and in the under-the-gun position after losing a big flip with jacks to the ace-king of Garg with seven players remaining. Somehow he made it through to the final and will come into play with a playable stack. While Ikeuchi and Albertson both have 51 and 48 big blinds respectively, the other four players all hover around the 20-big-blind mark.
"I know how to get a bag don't I?" said Joshua Thibodaux about his day at the felt, then, apparently taking inspiration from Cardi B, who will be performing in Las Vegas this weekend, "About his coins like Mario, he runs this like cardio." Like every remaining player, he'll be hoping to bag that $1,344,930 top prize and the much-coveted WSOP bracelet.
The Millionaire Maker event started three days ago when a total 8,809 players began playing two starting flights and took a shot at becoming a guaranteed millionaire. 34 of those players returned on Day 4 with hopes of being in the final six that would go on to play one more day, this time on the big stage, under the bright lights and in the comfortable chairs of the feature table with the poker world watching.
Initially, the action was fast and the bust-outs came quickly with the field losing 13 players in the first two levels of play, but that pace slowed somewhat after the first break due to the deep stacks of the remaining players. Those players included 888 Ambassador Ana Marquez, who had the misfortune of going out one spot shy of the final table, and Joshua Reichard, who started the day as the chip leader, but who was the first elimination of the final table. From there it would take another two and a half hours and 64 hands of play to get down to the final six players when Bob Shao pushed all in with pocket deuces and was called and eliminated by Ikeuchi's pocket tens.
Play will resume at 12 noon local time on Wednesday as the world watches to discover who will become the latest overnight millionaire courtesy of the 50th annual World Series of Poker. You can find out what happens by following the action throughout via Pokernews.