The World Series of Poker introduced an exciting tournament this year, the $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em Million Dollar Bounty. Quincy Borland topped a massive field of 14,112 competitors to earn a gold bracelet with a prize of $750,120. Although Borland received his career-best, this was not the largest payout of the event. The American poker pro, Matt Glantz won the $1,000,000 bounty and also received $20,730 for his 42nd position in the event.
Like other mystery bounty events, $300 from a $1000 buy-in went to the bounty prize pool. This prize pool was then divided into many bounty payouts ranging from $1,000 to $1,000,000. The total prize pool for the event was $12,559,680, out of which $8,326,080 went to the traditional prize pool and the remaining $4,233,600 for the mystery bounty payouts.
Mystery Bounty Payouts ($100,000 or higher)
|5||$100,000||Daniel De Almeida|
Apart from the six bounties of $100,000 or higher, 64 bounties with payouts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and 756 bounties with $1,000 or $2,500 were also paid.
The players who entered day 2 were eligible for these mystery bounties. For drawing the random bounty, a player had to earn a ticket by eliminating a competitor on day 2. Then the player had to go to the specified areas to draw the bounty.
Final Table Results
|8||Daniel De Almeida||Brazil||$96,940|
Final Day Action
The elimination started with Ramon Kropmanns, whose ace-six did not improve against the ace-ten of Kevin Hong. The Brazilian player had to leave the table in ninth place for $76,316. Next in the elimination were Daniel De Almeida and Arash Asadabadi. Both players became a victim of a double knockout by Wojciech Barzantny. De Almeida received $96,940 for his eighth place, while Asadabadi earned $123,910 for his seventh-place finish.
Nellie Park was the next to leave the table. She moved all-in with queen-nine against the ace-king of Michael Smith. Park did not improve and lost, earning $159,380 for her sixth-place finish with some bounties of $5,000 or less. Fifth place favored Michael Smith. The Canadian player’s pocket kings were not enough against the pocket kings of Kevin Hong. Smith failed to improve after a nut flush draw and received $206,250 for his fifth position.
The table was now down to four players. Brazantny soon left the table in fourth place as his K-4 suited ran into Borland’s pocket queens. The Austrian player cashed $268,550 for his strong showing. After that, David Timmons’s A-3 was dominated by the pocket sixes of Hong. Timmons got $257,800 for his third-place finish.
Kevin Hong entered the heads-up with almost a double chip lead over Borland. After a while, Borland played smartly to take the lead back. The decisive moment came when Hong raised with A (Spades) and J (Clubs). Borland went all-in with A (Hearts) and Q (Spades), to which Hong responded with a call. Kevin Hong got second place as the board ran out A (Clubs), K (Clubs), 10 (Clubs), 8 (Diamonds), and 5 (Diamonds). Hong earned $463,610 for his runner-up finish.
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