The first millionaire of the 2014 World Series of Poker 2014 has been crowned as Jonathan Dimmig emerged victorious to "bring a championship to Buffalo." In the post-tournament interview with WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla, Dimmig admitted to having no idea what the future has in store for him. "But I hope it is a sign of good things to come and will play a few more events here at the WSOP," he said.
Dimmig's plan for Day 1 was simply to “get through” and he “had the best day of my life” on Day 2. He considered the final table as a “once in a lifetime experience” and would “never sit back and wait” just to move up in the payouts.
About a year and a half ago Dimmig quit his full-time job to take on poker after realizing that he could make more through poker even as a part time job. Since then and has played “maybe eight or nine” tournaments at the WSOP since moving to Las Vegas. Last year he finished seventh in a daily $325 deep stack after going through a huge field and was disappointed with the final result. He has nothing to be disappointed about tonight after outlasting the second largest live tournament field in poker history.
Dimmig wasn't among the chip leaders going into the final table, Stephen Graner held an almost 3-to-1 lead over each of his opponents when level 29 kicked off at blinds 40,000-80,000 with an ante of 10,000.
Graner lost the lead in the third hand of play on after trying to push James Duke out of a pot but the latter called with pocket kings and held up. The first player to hit the rail was Maurice Hawkins in hand #19 after getting it in preflop with against the of Graner and the on the flop immediately shut down all hopes of a double up.
Andrew Dick followed in eight place after he was unable to improve with against the of Dimmig in hand #23. Jason Johnson started the final table as shortest stack and managed to climb two payout spots before bowing out in seventh place. The fast paced action continued and shortly after, start-of-the-day chip leader Stephen Graner was eliminated in sixth place. He rivered a straight with but Jonathan Dimmig had turned the higher straight with and jumped into the lead.
Down to five players, more than three hours passed without elimination and it was Bradley Anderson, who took fifth place for $355,913. He flopped top pair with in hand #94 but James Duke spiked middle set with pocket queens and the runner runner miracle never happened. The only non American on the final table, Andrew Teng, finished in fourth place after losing a flip with against in hand #139.
Three handed play started very passive and several double ups occurred before Andrew Duke was sent to the rail in third place. He was left short stacked after previous confrontations and flopped top pair after a preflop all in with in hand #184, but Dimmig turned the higher pair with . Heads-Up play started with a bang in the first hand as Dimmig doubled up through Jeffrey Coburn and only five hands later the two saw the flop. Dimmig moved all in with and Coburn called short stacked with , the turn and river blanked and the record-breaking Millionaire Maker with stunning 7,977 entries had crowned its winner.