WSOP: Ron ‘MacDaddy15’ McMillen Wins Event #9 for $188K

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'MacDaddy15' earned the biggest first place prize to date of the 2020 WSOP by taking down Event #9 early Friday morning.

It took just 55 minutes on Friday morning for ‘MacDaddy15’ to go from middle of the final table pack to World Series of Poker bracelet winner in Event #9 ($1,000 NLHE Six Max) and in the process earn the single biggest score of the 2020 WSOP to date.

A total of 1,026 entries from 658 unique players created a $974,700 prize pool with the eventual champion getting to take home $188,214 and the bracelet.

When the final table began, Ruth ‘crazeeelf666’ Ruffman held a comfortable chip lead with ‘WillowG23’ in second and ‘MacDaddy15’ not far behind in third.

Ian ‘apokerjoker2’ Steinman was the first player sent packing by ‘MacDaddy15’. From the button, ‘MacDaddy15’ raised to 332,500 with 2d2s before Steinman moved all in for 1,365,109 with Ad9d. ‘MacDaddy15’ called and then had to sweat all the way through a KdQd5sJsJc runout to eliminate Steinman in sixth.

Five-handed play lasted another 15 minutes before the next elimination hand occurred. ‘Im.Sorry’ raised to 250,000 from the cutoff with KhJd before ‘moodeez’ re-raised all in for 890,486 from the small blind with JhTh and ‘Im.Sorry’ called. The AcKc4d flop gave ‘Im.Sorry’ second pair and the 5c turn and 5h river failed to save ‘moodeez’ from a fifth place finish.

A few moments later, ‘Im.Sorry’ raised to 254,000 from the hijack with QhQs only to have Ruth ‘crazeelf666’ re-raise to 806,000 with TdTs. ‘Im.sorry’ continued betting, moving all in for 4,489,926 and Ruffman called all in. Ruffman was unable to improve on the Ac8d2d6h5h runout and was eliminated in fourth.

‘Im.Sorry’ continued to be the aggressor and ended another player’s run five minutes later. ‘Im.Sorry’ called from the button and ‘WillowG23’ checked their big blind. The flop came Kc7h3d and ‘WillowG23’ checked and then called after ‘Im.Sorry’ threw in a bit of 160,000. The turn was the Jc and ‘WillowG23’ check-called after ‘Im.Sorry’ bet 225,000. The river was the 5c, ‘WillowG23’ checked and ‘Im.Sorry’ moved all-in for 10,070,712 . ‘WillowG23’ called all in for 1,614,568 and showed Ks9c for top pair but ‘Im.Sorry’ turned over 7c6c for a flush to send ‘WillowG23’ home in third position.

That both gave ‘Im.Sorry’ 62.8% of the chips at the start of heads up play. The play played for nearly 15 minutes before ‘MacDaddy15’ took over the lead thanks to winning an all in preflop hand with TcTs against the AdQs of ‘Im.Sorry’. Two minutes later, the tournament was over. Down to 10 big blinds, ‘Im.Sorry’ open-shoved for 1,752,560 with Kh4c and ‘MacDaddy15’ called with Td5d. The Kd7d6h flop gave ‘MacDaddy15’ a flush draw and gave ‘Im.Sorry’ to pair. The Qd turn filled that flush draw and eliminated ‘Im.Sorry’ as the runner-up as the 2c completed the board to officially crown ‘MacDaddy15’ as the winner.

Final Table Payouts

  1. MacDaddy15 – $188,214
  2. Im.Sorry – $116,379
  3. WillowG23 – $81,972
  4. Ruth ‘crazeelf666’ Ruffman – $58,482
  5. mooodeez – $43,301
  6. Ian ‘apokerjoker2’ Steinman – $30,995

Faces in the Crowd

The #1-ranked player in the United States, Yong ‘LuckySpewy1’ Kwon, came in 56th for $2,729.16 and was one of a handful of notable names to make it into the money. Daniel Negreanu picked up another cash, his fourth, coming in 96th for $1,851.93 and Event #1 champion Jonathan ‘Art.Vandelay’ Dokler snuck into the top 100, finishing 99th for $1,851.93. A pair of former #1 PocketFivers also had a winning day. Ari ‘philivey’ Engel finished 105th for $1,754.46 and Chris ‘Robotbob47’ Moorman was behind him, coming in 141st to take home $1,656.99. Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno (22nd – $5,360.25), Shawn ‘Saygoodnight’ Daniels (37th – $3,703.86), Nick ‘cashUSklay’ Schulman (43rd – $3,703.86), and Kevin ‘ImaLuckSac’ MacPhee (95th – $1,851.93) also cashed.