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2023 WSOP Paradise

Event #2: $1,500 Millionaire Maker
Giorni 2
Event Info

2023 WSOP Paradise

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
87
Premio
$1,000,000
Event Info
Buy-in
$1,500
Montepremi
$5,233,000
Entries
3,496
Informazioni livello
Livello
18
Bui
1,300,000 / 2,500,000
Ante
2,500,000
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 2
Entries
100
Giocatori Rimasti
1

Event #2: $1,500 Millionaire Maker

Giorno 2 completo

Brazil's Allan Mello Made a Millionaire At WSOP Paradise ($1,000,000)

Livello 18 : Blinds 1,300,000/2,500,000, 2,500,000 ante
winner Allan Mello
winner Allan Mello

It took over 15 and a half hours of play, but Brazil's Allan Mello won his first bracelet and $1,000,000 by taking down Event #2: $1,500 Millionaire Maker at 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Paradise in The Bahamas. The Brazilian defeated Ukraine's Nazar Buhaiov after a heads-up exchange that saw the two trading leads back and forth for several hours before Mello picked off a bluff to come out on top.

The hybrid-format Millionaire Maker drew 3,496 online runners on GGPoker for a prize pool of $5,233,000 as 100 players advanced to the live felt at Atlantis Resort. Those 100 players included final tablists Maxime Parys (5th - $128,000), Arnaud Enselme (8th - $65,000) and all-time WSOP cash leader Roland Israelashvili (9th - $50,000).

Event #2: $1,500 Millionaire Maker Final Table Results

 PLACEPLAYERCOUNTRYPRIZE (IN USD)
 1Allan MelloBrazil$1,000,000
 2Nazar BuhaiovUkraine$593,500
 3Morten NorlandNorway$263,500
 4Maksim VaskresenskiPoland$158,500
 5Maxime ParysFrance$128,000
 6Clemen DengUnited States$103,500
 7Kasparas KlezysLithuania$81,100
 8Arnaud EnselmeFrance$65,000
 9Roland IsraelashviliUnited States$50,000

After becoming a millionaire through an intense day of grinding, Mello, who is primarily an online player, told PokerNews he was both excited and "tired."

"I can’t believe I won this," he said in a winner's interview. "I dreamed of this. Finally, I got my first bracelet and my biggest win of $1 million! So I am very happy.”

heads up Nazar Buhaiov Allan Mello
Allan Mello and Nazar Buhaiov during heads-up play.

Though the day dragged late into the next morning, Mello noted that "everything was going well all day long."

"I was just trying to play my best," he said. "And I was running hot, so I just needed to do my best and wait to see if I keep running hot (to) win the tournament.”

Millionaire Maker Action

The 100 players who made it to the live portion of the tournament were all in the money and guaranteed a payday of at least $5,000. Some of the early casualties included bracelet winners Barry Hutter (100th - $5,000), David Miscikowski (79th - $5,000), Alexandros Kolonias (70th - $6,000) and Artur Martirosian (69th - $6,000).

There were no shortage of highlights across the day, including when Allan Mello cracked the aces of rising high-stakes star Leon Sturm as he flopped a set of tens before improving to quads on the river.

Not two hours later, history repeated itself as Abdulla Ceesvin had his aces cracked by the queens of Clemen Deng, who flopped a set of queens before the turn brought another lady to give him quads for an emphatic double.

The unofficial final table of ten was formed before the elimination of Hongru Zhang as players moved under the bright lights of the feature table. First out at the official final table was all-time WSOP cash leader Israelashvili, who extended his record to 464 cashes as he came up short of his first bracelet.

Roland Israelashvili
Roland Israelashvili

Deng's run-good ended as his Big Slick not only failed to make quads, but lost out to the queen-ten of Mello as the American fell in sixth place for $103,500. Frenchman Maxime Parys was next to go when he three-bet jammed with queen-nine and failed to improve as Buhaiov snapped him off with ace-eight.

The elimination of Poland's Maksim Vaskresenski in fourth place set up a three-handed battle that saw Norway's Morten Norland and Buhaiov battling for another ladder. Buhaiov won the laddering war as his kings dominated Morten's eights to send the Norwegian out in third for $263,500.

The heads-up battle between Mello and Buhaiov dragged on for hours as they exchanged chip leads and their respective rails traded barbs. Both players doubled through one another at different points before Mello built up a lead to have Buhaiov on the ropes.

In a final confrontation, Buhaiov got to the river with just ten-high and opted to bluff before Mello sniffed it out with third pair to win a million dollars and his first bracelet. In the wake of the seven-figure victory, Mello's mind was on his girlfriend and fellow Brazilians on the rail.

“I love them, I’m happy that they are here to rail me and help me," he said. "When I lose a pot, they are with me; when I win a pot, they are with me. And that’s more important to me than the bracelet.”

winner Allan Mello
Allan Mello and his rail

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of Event #2: $1,500 Millionaire Maker here in the sunny and humid Bahamas. Be sure to check out the live reporting portal for coverage of other events here at Atlantis Resort.

Tags: Abdulla CeesvinAlexandros KoloniasAllan MelloArnaud EnselmeArtur MartirosianBarry HutterDavid MiscikowskiHongru ZhangKasparas KlezysLeon SturmMaksim VaskresenskiMaxime ParysMorten NorlandNazar BuhaiovRoland Israelashvili

Nazar Buhaiov Eliminated in 2nd Place ($593,500)

Livello 18 : Blinds 1,300,000/2,500,000, 2,500,000 ante
Nazar Buhaiov
Nazar Buhaiov

After a lengthy heads-up battle that saw Allan Mello and Nazar Buhaiov exchanging chip leads several times, the two got to the river on a board of 67A5J.

Buhaiov moved all in for around 35,000,000 and Mello took some time before calling. Buhaiov tossed his hand toward the muck before being forced to show 103 for ten-high as Mello showed the winner with 87 for a pair of sevens.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Allan Mello br
Allan Mello
174,000,000 57,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Nazar Buhaiov ua
Nazar Buhaiov
Eliminato

Tags: Allan MelloNazar Buhaiov

Mello Shows the Bluff

Livello 18 : Blinds 1,300,000/2,500,000, 2,500,000 ante

Allan Mello raised to 5,000,000 and Nazar Buhaiov called.

The flop was 3710 and Buhaiov check-called a 7,000,000 bet and the turn was 4.

Both players checked the turn to see 10 on the river. Buhaiov fired 18,000,000 and Mello went into the tank before he slid out 40,000,000. Buhaiov thought better of it and tossed his hand in the muck, but Mello showed 92 to add the pain of missed opportunity.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Allan Mello br
Allan Mello
140,000,000 11,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Nazar Buhaiov ua
Nazar Buhaiov
35,000,000 -14,000,000

Tags: Nazar BuhaiovAllan Mello

Livello: 18

Bui: 1,300,000/2,500,000

Ante: 2,500,000

Mello Doubles With Kings Up

Livello 17 : Blinds 1,000,000/2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante

Nazar Buhaiov opened on the button and Allan Mello called in the big blind.

Mello checked on the flop of 35J and Buhaiov continued for 2,000,000. Mello check-raised to 10,000,000 and Buhaiov called.

Mello then checked on the K turn and Buhaiov bet 10,000,000. Mello called. Mello checked once more on the 4 river and Buhaiov put him to the test by moving all in. Mello quickly called with his remaining 38,000,000.

Buhaiov showed AQ for just ace-high as Mello showed K5 to double up with two pair.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Allan Mello br
Allan Mello
129,000,000 84,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Nazar Buhaiov ua
Nazar Buhaiov
49,000,000 -80,000,000

Tags: Allan MelloNazar Buhaiov

Mello Spikes Three-Outer to Double

Livello 17 : 1,000,000/2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante

Allan Mello was all in and at risk against the bigger-stacked Nazar Buhaiov.

Allan Mello: Q2
Nazar Buhaiov: K10

The flop of 8106 gave Buhaiov a virtual lock on the hand as he paired his ten and Mello needed a queen to survive. He didn't get it on the J turn, but the Q sent his rail into a frenzy as he earned the last-minute double to stay alive.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Nazar Buhaiov ua
Nazar Buhaiov
129,000,000 -18,000,000
Allan Mello br
Allan Mello
45,000,000 22,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Allan MelloNazar Buhaiov

Buhaiov Flips the Script

Livello 17 : 1,000,000/2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante

Nazar Buhaiov raised to 3,500,000 and Allan Mello made it 14,000,000. Buhaiov called and the flop was 249.

Mello fired 7,500,000 after the flop and Buhaiov raised to 22,500,000. Mello called and the turn was K.

Both players checked the turn and the river was 6.

Mello checked and went into the tank Buhaiov shoved. After a few moments of thought, Mello called and turned over 77. Buhaiov showed A9 to take the pot and the lead with a pair of nines.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Nazar Buhaiov ua
Nazar Buhaiov
147,000,000 73,000,000
Allan Mello br
Allan Mello
23,000,000 -77,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Allan MelloNazar Buhaiov

Livello: 17

Bui: 1,000,000/2,000,000

Ante: 2,000,000