Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 completed

Stephen Graner Leads Final Nine of Millionaire Maker

[user249920] • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Stephen Graner brings heaps into Day 3.
Stephen Graner brings heaps into Day 3.

Stephen Graner will bring 12,005,000, about a third of the chips in play, to tomorrow's final table of Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em. That puts him more than 7 million clear of his nearest competitor, James Duke.

The Henderson, Nev., native has already gotten 2014 off to a nice start, scoring his biggest ever cash of $65,840 in February, but with such a massive chip lead, he has his sights set squarely on the $1,319,587 first-place prize. Everyone returning tomorrow is already assured of scoring $128,150.

The most accomplished tournament players coming back tomorrow are in third and seventh, respectively. Englishman Andrew Teng ($700,000 in live cashes) brings 4,375,000, while Florida's Maurice Hawkins ($1.1 million) bagged just under 2 million.

Plenty of well-known players brought stacks into Day 2, but most fell by the wayside relatively early on. Among those falling today: Chris Klodnicki, Matt Salsberg, Amir Lehavot, Athanasios Polychronopolous, James Mackey, Andrew "BalugaWhale" Seidman, John Racener, Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, Chris DeMaci, and Greg "FBT" Mueller.

Tomorrow's final table will convene at 1 p.m. and play down to a winner. Be sure to tune back in to PokerNews for the crowning of the next poker millionaire, who will have conquered a massive field to claim the bracelet.

Tags: Stephen GranerMaurice HawkinsMatt SalsbergJohn RacenerJames MackeyJames DukeGreg MuellerChris KlodnickiChris DeMaciCarter KesslerAllen KesslerAmir LehavotAndrew SeidmanAndrew Teng

Michael Stembera Eliminated in 10th Place ($100,689)

• Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Michael Stembera
Michael Stembera

Jonathan Dimmig opened from early position to 120,000 and Bradley Anderson called from the button. Michael Stembera moved all in from the big blind for 685,000 total. Dimmig got out of the way and with the pressure on and the chance to get to the official final table, Anderson ultimately made the call. It looked like a bad call when the hands were turned over:

Anderson {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}
Stembera {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}

That all changed when the dealer fanned a flop of {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{2-Hearts} giving Anderson middle pair. The turn was the {9-Clubs} giving Stembera a ton of outs to survive. Any ace, ten, or club would give him the winning hand and double up.

It was not to be though as the river was the {5-Spades}. The players are now bagging and tagging for the night. We'll have the official chip counts shortly.

Michael Stembera us Busted

Tags: Michael StemberaBradley Anderson

Coburn Doubles Through Hawkins

[user249920] • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Action folded to Jeffrey Coburn, who shoved all in for 380,000 on the button. Maurice Hawkins rubbed his hands together, checked his cards, and announced a call. The big blind folded.

Hawkins: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Coburn: {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

"Jack!" Hawkins yelled.

The dealer fanned a flop of {j-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{9-Clubs}, delivering Hawkins the jack and leaving Coburn in need of runner-runner.

"It's over!" someone yelled.

Not quite, as the {k-Clubs} hit the turn, giving Coburn a flush draw.

"Red card!" Hawkins yelled, standing on his chair. "Red card!"

Instead, the {8-Clubs} landed, and Coburn had his unlikely double.

Maurice Hawkins us 2,000,000 -680,000
Jeffrey Coburn us 850,000 350,000

Tags: Maurice HawkinsJeffrey Coburn

Hawkins Doubles Through Coburn

LaneAnderson • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Jeffrey Coburn raised 190,000 under the gun and Maurice Hawkins three-bet to 440,000 in the seat on his left. Coburn called and the flop came {8-Spades}{j-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}. Coburn checked and Hawkins bet 500,000. Coburn pushed all in and Hawkins snap-called, turning over {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds} to Coburn's {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}. The turn and river were blanks, {10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}, and Coburn was left short while Hawkins chipped up significantly.

Maurice Hawkins us 2,680,000 1,280,000
Jeffrey Coburn us 500,000 -1,500,000

Tags: Maurice HawkinsJeffrey Coburn

James Duke Doubles Through Bradley Anderson

• Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Bradley Anderson opened for 130,000 and was called by James Duke and Jonathan Dimmig. The flop came {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{9-Spades} and Dimmig checked. Anderson bet 355,00 and Duke moved all in. Dimmig folded and after a few seconds to decide what to do, Anderson announced a call and turned over {K-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for top pair. Duke proudly turned over his hand {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts} and the {Q-Diamonds} gave him a near lock on the hand as only a ten would lead to a split pot and any other card would be a win for Duke. The river was the {6-Clubs} and Anderson said "nice hand" to Duke who thanked him as he secured a timely double up.

James Duke us 4,800,000 2,300,000
Bradley Anderson US 2,700,000 -2,300,000

Tags: James DukeBradley Anderson

Graner Takes Huge Pot with River Raise

[user249920] • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Jonathan Dimmig opened for 120,000 in early position, and Andrew Dick repopped to 320,000 in the hijack. Stephen Graner woke up with a cold four-bet to 675,000 on the button. Dimmig ducked out, but Dick decided to play. Both players checked the {q-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop, and Dick came out betting with 350,000 on the {7-Clubs} turn. Graner called, and he saw his opponent bet another 500,000 on the {j-Hearts} river. Graner slid out three stacks of green T25,000 chips with a few extras on top to boot: 1.65 million.

"Queens full of sixes?" Dick asked, folding without much thought.

Stephen Graner us 10,300,000 2,350,000
Andrew Dick US 4,475,000 -1,525,000

Tags: Stephen GranerAndrew Dick