After a grueling 22 levels of play on Day 1d of Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions at the 2023 World Series Of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, 477 players were able to find a bag from a huge starting field of 8,061.
They will join the 528 survivors from the three other starting flights for a total of 1,005 players on Day 2. Day 2 marks the beginning of the mystery bounty element of the tournament.
Given that this was the final starting flight, it was always expected to draw the most runners. Even so, the fact that the overall field hit 18,188 entrants was an impressive feat. The numbers are so impressive that the tournament directors are considering adding an extra $1,000,000 top bounty as a result.
Jonathan Ounjian put himself in a prime position to chase those big bounties by spinning his stack up to an incredible 2,040,000. That was not the biggest stack, however, with Ronan Nally able to find himself with a gargantuan 2,820,000 at the end of the night, more than any other player was able to amass in the three previous starting flights.
Other big stacks include Calvin Anderson (2,390,000) Zack Wilson (2,350,000), Ramaswamy Pylooke (2,055,000), Stanley Lee (2,280,000),
Event #3: Mystery Millions Top Ten Chip Counts Day 1 Combined
|Rank||Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Ronan Nally||United Kingdom||2,820,000||71|
|2||Francis Anderson||United States||2,750,000||69|
|3||Shaun Davis||United States||2,475,000||62|
|4||Calvin Anderson||United States||2,390,000||60|
|6||Zachary Wilson||United States||2,350,000||59|
|7||Bohdan Slyvinskyi||United States||2,310,000||58|
|8||Stanley Lee||United States||2,280,000||57|
|9||Joseph Dornish||United States||2,250,000||56|
|10||David Gonia||United States||2,245,000||56|
Day 1d Action
As with the other Day 1s, the money bubble burst late in the evening. 1,210 players have now locked up a min-cash of $1,061 for their efforts. However, that pales in comparison to the prizes yet to be distributed.
Many notables hopped into the fray, with several able to navigate their way through to Day 2. They include Punnat Punsri (1,065,000), Garry Gates (735,000) and Jake Daniels (610,000).
Other well-known players were less fortunate, hitting the rail prior to the conclusion of the final level. Felipe Ramos, Chance Kornuth, and Alex Foxen will all have to watch from the sidelines as life-changing sums of money are snatched up by their better faring competitors.
Day 2 resumes on Sunday, June 4 at 10 a.m. at which point play will continue for either 17 levels or until just five players remain, whichever comes first. Blinds will resume at Level 23 with blinds of 20,000/40,000 and a 40,000 big blind ante. They will also increase to 40 minutes in length for the remainder of the tournament. With the mystery bounties in play at that time, the excitement is sure to ramp up considerably.
Though there is no guarantee that a $1,000,000 bounty will be claimed on Day 2, it is overwhelmingly likely that that will be the case. So be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as its live reporting team continues to provide updates of this and every other bracelet event at the 2023 WSOP at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.