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Poker news | Aug 26, 2020

Daniel Dvoress Wins 2020 WSOP Millionaire Maker and $1.49 Million

By RTR Dennis

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Daniel Dvoress was previously one of the best poker players to never win a WSOP bracelet. However, he’s now exited this list after winning the 2020 WSOP $1,500 Millionaire Maker on GGPoker.

The Canadian pro survived a field with 6,299 players to win a gold bracelet and the $1,489,289 top prize. He career live poker tournament winnings have now crossed $15.6 million thanks to this victory.

One Milly Maker Tournament – Two Millionaires

Dvoress isn’t the only player who won seven figures in this event. Caio De Almeida collected $1,072,428 after finishing runner-up.

Not many players earn over $1 million for taking second in a WSOP tournament outside of the Main Event. De Almeida joins a rare club with his $1.07 million payout.

Going back to Dvoress, he had the chip lead going into the final table. He used his experience to keep this advantage and take home the top prize.

On the final hand between he and De Almeida, Dvoress went all-in with K-Q. De Almeida, whose stack was dwindling, called with K-8. Dvoress’ advantage held up, thus giving him the victory.

Here are the results from the 2020 WSOP Millionaire Maker:

  1. Daniel Dvoress (Canada) - $1,489,289
  2. Caio De Almeida (Brazil) - $1,072,428
  3. Anatoly Filatov (Russia) - $772,251
  4. Michael Nugent (Canada) - $556,095
  5. Alejandro Caridad (Argentina) - $400,412
  6. Neville Endo Costa (Brazil) - $288,356
  7. Ronny Kaiser (Switzerland) - $207,644
  8. Tomasz Cybulski (Poland) - $149,523
  9. Aneris Adomkevicius (Lithuania) - $107,671

How This Year’s Millionaire Maker Compares to Previous Years

Due to COVID-19, all of this year’s WSOP tournaments have been hosted online so far. GGPoker is staging the bulk of these events.

They’ve had the honor of running the first-ever online Millionaire Maker. Ever since it debuted in 2013, the Milly Maker has managed to draw huge crowds.

It started with a bang in 2013 after attracting 6,343 players—a record at the time for a non-Main Event tournament. It’s only gotten bigger since then.

The 2019 edition drew 8,809 entries when it was staged live at the Rio Las Vegas. John Gorsuch won this tourney along with a $1,344,930 payout.

Organizers decided to change the payout structure a little bit in 2020. They gave more money to the top finishers, which resulted in two players becoming millionaires (before taxes) this time around. This is the first Millionaire Maker to deliver two seven-figure payouts.

The 6,299 entries in the 2020 WSOP Millionaire Maker is the lowest attendance in the event’s history. But the low attendance is due to the online format and how Americans can’t play at GGPoker.

A Brief Look at Daniel Dvoress’ Poker Career

Daniel Dvoress has quietly become one of the biggest live tournament winners ever. He boasts $15,607,625 in winnings, which ranks 5th among Canadians and 41st all time.

Dvoress’ most-recent big accomplishment includes taking first in the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl. He collected a $4,080,000 fortune for winning this $25,000 buy-in event.

The Canadian has notched plenty of other sizable cashes to help him reach $15.6 million in earnings. Now, he can finally add a WSOP bracelet to his list of triumphs too.