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Allan Mello becomes the first WSOP Paradise millionaire

Allan Mello becomes the first WSOP Paradise millionaire

The ongoing poker tournament in the Bahamas is already finding big winners

After over 15 hours of play, Allan Mello of Brazil won the $1 million first-place prize and his first bracelet at Event #2: $1,500 Millionaire Maker at the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Paradise in The Bahamas. He would beat Nazar Buhaiov after a heads-up play went back and forth for several hours.

The Millionaire Maker attracted 3,496 online players on GGPoker and carried a prize pool of $5,233,000, with 100 advancing to the live tables at Atlantis Resort. Among them were Maxime Parys, who took 5th place and $128,000. Arnaud Enselme would finish 8th for $65,000, and WSOP all-time cash leader Roland Israelashvili took home 9th place for $50,000.

“I can’t believe I won this,” Mello told PokerNews after his victory. “I dreamed of this. Finally, I got my first bracelet and my biggest win of $1 million! So I am very happy.”

All 100 players advancing to the live portion of the tournament were guaranteed a payday of at least $5,000. Several bracelet winners were among the first to be eliminated, including Artur Martirosian (69th for $6,000), Alexandros Kolonias (70th for $6,000), David Miscikowski (79th for $5,000) and Barry Hutter (100th for $5,000).

American Clemen Deng would fall to Mello in sixth place for $103,500. After Maksim Vaskresenski went to the rail in fourth place ($158,500), Morten Norland would lose to Nazar Buhaiov, taking third for $263,500.

The final hand saw Buhaiov (2nd for $593,500) get to the river with ten-high, but Mello sniffed out his bluff with third pair to take the title and $1,000,000 top prize.

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