sirhindle1 claims Million Dollar Men Main Event Championship
Although he won't have the chance to take down more than $9 million in the World Series of Poker main event, PokerStars player sirhindle1 did manage to win $100,000 Saturday afternoon against six of the players who will get the chance to become world champion in a week.
sirhindle1 was the winner of the Main Event of the Million Dollar Men, playing against six members of the "November Nine" and two others who qualified through a series of tough freerolls against thousands of other players over the last several weeks.
The six Million Dollar Men will get their chance to duke it out on November 9th and 10th at the Rio in Las Vegas for the right to be called world champion. But first they got a little warm-up against some of PokerStars' best. In addition to sirhindle1, AhardDeath07 and 11RoyJoneS11 got to battle with Dennis "FordMan1954" Phillips, Darus "Dennis_TO" Sahurto, Ivan "hasuling" Demidov, Ylon "TenthPlanet" Schwartz, David "Chino" Rheem and Peter "Isser" Eastgate.
The one-table sit-n-go format was probably good practice for the Million Dollar Men. With 3,000 starting chips and 10/20 blinds to start the participants got a fair amount of play. Eastgate was first to go, but still collected $10,000 for charity for finishing ninth. In fact, all of the prizes won by the Million Dollar Men will go to a charity of their choice.
Rheem was next out in eighth, followed by 11RoyJonesS11 in seventh, Schwartz in sixth, AhardDeath07 in fifth and Demidov in fourth. The prizes bumped up from this point as follows:
First - $100,000
Second - $50,000
Third - $25,000
This would mean at least another $75,000 would go to charity and sirhindle1 was guaranteed a nice payday for his efforts in winning his way to the final table. Considering Phillips is the chipleader in the WSOP Main Event and Suharto has a decent stack himself, these two players making the final three in a week is not out of the question. The two players will probably hope for a better result, however, as Suharto finished his Saturday in third place and Phillips lost the heads-up battle with sirhindle1.
There are still more opportunities to get in on the MDM freerolls. On Sunday, players can use 500 frequent player points to register for a freeroll to win a share of Ivan Demidov. PokerStars players who finish in the top 100 will receive 0.01 percent of Demidov's WSOP Main Event winnings, and players who finish in the top 4,000 share some of the $100,000 prize pool (the winner will get $10,000). The last of these freerolls runs on Sunday, November 9 as players can win a share of Dennis Phillips' WSOP winnings.