Tyler Brown topped the biggest field ever World Series of Poker Event with $1,000 or higher sign-up, passing a field of 18,188 in 2023 WSOP Mysterious Millions. While that fact is pretty exciting in itself, the Illinois native’s win was made even more impressive by the huge champion call he made moments before he was awarded his first gold bracelet and $1,000,000 first prize.
Brown was facing Guang Chen, who only covered him with five large tentacle curtains. Brown lift the button with an A.5. Chen contacted K.9 of the big blind and the two saw a flip 332. Chen checked and Brown bet continuously with his overcards and a stout straight draw. Chen quickly checked the raise, making it four times the size of Brown’s initial bet. Called Brown and Q Rolled on the turn. Chen moved all-in to Brown’s remaining big 19, and after some thought, Brown called all-in with only a high ace. He was leading, but had to fade six spots on the river. s He completed the plate, however, keeping Brown’s better hand.
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this crazy The call may have made Tyler Brown a millionaire.
With all the money on the line, Brown finds the amazing A suit against Chen Guang with an ace card high and one card coming up. pic.twitter.com/SqlAMhGveN
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Not long after that huge bet was drawn, Brown closed the win to secure the seven-figure jackpot. He also got 1440 card player Player of the Year points as champion. It was his third final table final of the year, as he emerged as runner-up in the PGT Fixed bet Omaha A $10,000 Buy occurred and took the 6th position recently WSOP $5,000 Omaha Junior Mixed Event. In the amount of $1,238,562 to date POY Earnings and 2,400 total points, the Browns are now 29th in 2023 POY Race order submitted by Global Poker.
Brown wasn’t the only player to leave the event with seven-figure salaries. $300 of each $1,000 entry is earmarked for the mystery bonus prize pool, which can only be accessed by players who make it to Day 2 and then get a knockout. Each bonus coupon they received for busting a player on Day 2 will give them one draw in a bonus, with prizes available ranging from $1,000 to $1,000,000. This year’s huge turnout resulted in $2 million in bonuses, which were eventually raffled off by Shante Marachlian and Patrick Liang. Clint Teveray took home a one-time bonus of $500,000, while two-time bracelet winner Eric Baldwin took home $250,000.
This event took six days to complete, with four flights launched and then another two full days of work. The action ended on the second day’s bonus with only 30 players remaining and Chen taking the lead. Brown finished fifth in chips to start the final day, and ended up in the middle of the pack when the final table was decided.
Raymond Taylor (9th – $96,100) and Tam Ho (8th – $121,683) were both knocked out by Stephen Thompson, who came close to the top of the leaderboard thanks to securing those two early eliminations.
Dan Shake was sent packing when his eight pockets collided with Chen’s pockets. All chips went on top with Shak well behind, but he got a draw when three hearts were revealed on the flop. The turn and the river brought Shaq no help, and he was eliminated in seventh place. The $154,940 he earned during his deep run was enough to increase his career tournament earnings to over $13.1 million. He also pulled out a $100,000 bonus earlier in the day to increase the tally of the event.
Tauan de Oliveira Naves was next in the fall. The Brazilian called everything from the big blind with AJ fitting to counter a small push from Thompson, who had it 10-9. De Oliveira Naves fumbled first, but Thompson turned de Oliveira Naves’ back straight and faded to narrow the field to five. De Oliveira Naves earned $198,320 as the sixth-place finisher. He now has over $1.7 million in earnings recorded to his name.
The Classic marked the end of Ryan Fiennes’ run in the event. He’s got it all with AJ facing pocket scores from the Browns. The pocket pair hung up and Fineis was eliminated in fifth place ($255,210). It was his first six-figure tournament score.
However, Brown outgained the chip lead heading into a four-run. On the other end of the spectrum, Steven Thompson’s chip stack has been reduced during short-handed play. He managed a double to go from about five big blinds to over ten, but he was soon back in the danger zone. He finally got it all going with the Q-6, scrambling for 6.5 big blinds from the small blind. Chen called out from the big curtain to the A-5. None of the players connected and Chen’s high performance was enough to get the pot and the knockout. Thompson earned $330,150 for his fourth-place showing, surpassing the $328,487 he earned as runner-up in 2016. WSOP $3,000 event cap for setting a new “high score” on the track.
Another head-curtain battle saw Ryan McKnight sent to the rail at third. There were other similarities between this hand and the previous elimination as they both saw the small curtain push approximately a 6.5 head curtain big with the Q-6. Chen looked at McKnight, who was holding Q-10. The board brought three jacks and two non-six low cards to send fate to Chen. McKnight earned $429,360 for his third-place bid, increasing his career earnings to $1.7 million in the process.
Head-to-head started with Chen owning from 471,000,000 to Brown’s 258,000,000. It didn’t take long at all for the leaderboard to change drastically. Chen lost a bit right away, connecting with the bottom pair against Brown’s top pair in the first hand of their encounter.
The next deal saw the previously discussed champion call change everything. Brown took a nearly 11:1 chip lead after the hand. Shortly after that, Chen moved it all in with AJ’s fit. Brown called the large five-curtain flange the Q-7. He fizzled out by seven to take the lead, and River Trips to close out the pot and the title. Chen earned $561,320 in second place.
Here is a look at payments and POY Points awarded at the final table:
|6||Tawan de Oliveira Naves||$198,320||480|
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Winner’s photo credit: WSOP / Danny Maxwell.