WSOP 2015: Electrical Engineer Wins Over $1.2 Million in Millionaire Maker Event

The World Series of Poker makes a dream come true for Adrian Buckley.

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The World Series of Poker makes a dream come true for Adrian Buckley.
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Event #16: MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Adrian Buckley, an electrical engineer from Westminster, Colorado, outlasted a 7,275 player field to win $1,277,193 and his first World Series of Poker bracelet. In fact, winning the Millionaire Maker represents his first WSOP in the money finish of any kind.

“I mean, getting through 7,000 people. It’s not something you think about until it happens’” Buckley said. “I hoped to run super deep, and knew I had the skill to get here. But it’s just surreal to live out the dream.”

Buckley entered the final day against a strong final table with only 10 big blinds in his chipstack, but tremendous patience, skill and a bit of run good helped the 27-year old defeat the likes of Mike Sexton, Erick Lindgren and Olivier Busquet on his way to the title.

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Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Proffessional poker Matt Elsby of Chandler, Arizona won his first WSOP title on Tuesday when he bested a field of 319 players to capture the gold bracelet and the $230,799 first place prize.

Elsby defeated Magic the Gathering player Gabriel Nassif in heads up play. His previous best finish at a WSOP event was in 2011 when he came in fifth in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event.

EVENT #20: $1,500 NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM

Thirty-five players will return for Day 3 of Event #20. A total of 1,844 players registered for the event which boasts a $2,489,400 prizepool. The winner of the event will be awarded $460,640 in addition to the WSOP gold bracelet.

Event #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

According to WSOP.com, a player named Prince of Docness leads the final 18 players as they return for Day 3 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Docness has nearly $250,000 in live earnings according to the GPI.

Other notable names still vying for the bracelet and the $391,097 include Daniel Alaei, Scott Clements, Anthony Zinno, Erik Seidel, Bart Hanson, Jeremy Ausmus and Eli Elezra.

Event #22: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Kyle White of Canada is the current chipleader after Day 1 of Event #22. A total of 207 players are scheduked to return on Wednesday for Day 2 of the event that has a total prizepool of $1,723,500, and will pay the winner $318,977.

Notable players with chipstackis in the top 30 include Jose Barbero, Antonio Esfandiari and David “ODB” Baker.

Event #23: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball

Christian Pham of St. Paul, Minnesota leads all players returning for Day 2 of the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament. A total of 219 players entered the event to create a prizepool of $295,650.

Notable players near the top of the leaderboard and still in the hunt for that bracelet include Dan Smith, 2014 November Niner Jorryt Vanhoof, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi and 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Huck Seed.