Pablo Mariz turns $1,500 into $1,221,704

Canadian Mariz outlasts a field of 7,758 in an epic four day win to claim the WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker.

Pablo Mariz The 20th event of this year's WSOP, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker, has been claimed by Canadian Pablo Mariz after four days play.

The 27-year-old Canadian from Montreal, takes home a first place prize of  $1,221,407, which eclipses the $1 million guarantee and also sees the player secure his first WSOP bracelet having bettered a field of 7,758.

Mariz beat Dejuante “D.J.” Alexander in a short-lived heads-up after initially doing well just to survive pocket aces served by his opponent in which he conceded most of the chips in play. The final hand of the match, however, saw Circuit Ring holder Alexander go all-in which was called by Mariz, in charge of the better hand with a pair of Queens, to take his total live cash figure to $1,310,867, almost all of which was collected just a few hours ago.

Mariz's win, comes after he finished as runner up in the $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em and has also cashed twice already so far and now sees him join and lead the WSOP's Kings Casino Rozvadov Player of the Year race.

At the start of day four, there had been a lot of buzz focused around the overnight chip leader, Ralph Perry, eventually eliminated in 12th, but Mariz’s win surprised even himself, having originally only booked a room for the first two weeks of the series. He can now afford to stay for the rest of the series, something he admitted he was likely to do.

Final Table Payouts

1 Pablo Mariz $1,221,407
2 D.J. Alexander $754,499
3 Alex Farahi $561,530
4 Marc MacDonnell $420,805
5 Bryce Yockey $317,544
6 Yuriy Boyko $241,303
7 Jonathan Gray $184,663
8 Thiago Grigoletti $142,323
9 Hector Martin $110,476

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