The highly-anticipated $10,000 buy-in, $10,000,000 GTD Wynn Millions continued on Saturday with the second of three starting flights. Day 1b attracted 389 runners, which along with 1a’s 263 brought the current field up to 652 entries with Sunday’s Day 1c still to go.
After 10 levels of play, approximately 150 players remained with poker’s all-time tournament money leader Bryn Kenney (376,500) leading the pack.
Others to bag big stacks were Bruno Furth (331,500), Kristen Bicknell (282,000), Arthur Conan (281,000), and Julian Milliard (255,000). They were joined by players like Connor Dinan (142,500), Chris Brewer (133,500), Brian Altman (114,000), 2020 WSOP champ Damian Salas (108,000), Chris Moorman (97,000), and Brock Wilson (96,500).
Among those to try and fall on Day 1b were Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg, Daniel Negreanu, Minnesota players Kou Vang and Blake Bohn, four-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings, Matt Berkey, Poker Hall of Famers Eli Elezra and John Hennigan, and the legendary Johnny Chan.
Chan doesn’t play many tournaments these days, but the Wynn Millions proved prestigious enough to draw out the two-time WSOP Main Event champ. Unfortunately for Chan, he never gained much traction and bowed out in Level 8 (500/1,000/1,000).
It happened when Sergio Aido raised to 2,500 from the button and then called when Chan three-bet to 7,500 from the small blind. On the two-diamond flop, Chan continued for 10,000 and Aido called to see the turn. Chan moved all in for his last 15,000 or so and Aido called.
Aido was out in front with two pair while Chan had both straight and flush draws. Unfortunately for Chan, the river was a brick and he was eliminated from the tournament. Aido went on to bag 204,500.
Chan and others have one last chance to try again as Day 1c will take place at Noon local time on Sunday. PokerNews will be on-site to capture all the action throughout the six-day long tournament, so be sure to tune in all weekend long into next week.