Jonathan Dimming emerges victorious in near-8,000 player Millionaire Maker

wsop 2014Jonathan Dimmig came out on top of the second largest field in live poker history yesterday, winning this year’s Millionaire Maker at the World Series of Poker and taking home over $1.3 million. He’s been playing poker semi-professionally for a year and a half, but his previous best results have been in the five-figure range, so this is a score with serious bankroll implications for him.

Dimmig would not have have been anyone’s pick when the final table first kicked off. He began in 6th place, with a below-average stack of 2,870,000. It was a roller-coaster of a final table, however, and in the end, it was Dimmig who survived the swings.

At first, it seemed the inevitable winner would be Stephen Graner, who came in with over 12 million chips, giving him over a 2.5-1 advantage over his nearest competitor, James Duke. Although he held on to this advantage for a while, he self-destructed spectacularly to finish in 6th, calling a three-bet river shove from his opponent with a small rivered straight, only to be shown the turned nuts.

The benefactor in that hand was an amateur named Bradley Anderson, who had come to Vegas specifically to play the Millionaire Maker, only to decide it was too expensive to buy in directly, and opted for a satellite instead. He made it through, and from there to final table… and now he had all of Graner’s chips and a strong shot at going home a millionaire.

Instead, he stacked off to Duke when he flopped top pair with AT against Duke’s set of Queens, making Duke the new chip leader.

Next to fall was Andrew Teng, who never held the chip lead, but had been, from a skill perspective, a strong contender. A friend of Dominik Nietsche, Teng had the greatest number of professional players on his rail, but they were of no help to him as he lost a coin flip with Dimmig for his tournament life, busting out with Q9 suited vs. Dimmig’s deuces.

Jeff Coburn then proceeded to run good, turning trip Kings against Duke’s top pair of Aces, all but eliminating Duke and making Coburn the new overwhelming chip leader.

No one was putting much faith in chip counts by this point, however, least of all Dimmig. After eliminating Duke in third, Dimmig immediately reversed the situation, getting his stack in the middle with 98 vs. Coburn’s K9 on a 985 board. Coburn had a flush draw to go with his top pair, but missed his 12-outer.

Dimmig did not lose a hand after that stack swap and finished Coburn off a mere five hands later, flopping a little pair of deuces with 62 suited and holding up against Coburn’s KQ overcards to win the pot and the tournament.

Alex Weldon is a game designer by day and poker tournament wizard by night. You can read more from Alex at www.benefactum.ca and follow him on Twitter at @benefactumgames

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