Restaurateur wins $1.19M in World Series of Poker
LAS VEGAS (AP)—A Canadian restaurant manager is the first poker aficionado to be made a millionaire at this year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Amateur player Benny Chen, of Prince Edward Island, won $1.2 million on Tuesday night in the seven-week poker bonanza now under way.
The 32-year-old beat out 6,343 other players. The event dubbed the “millionaire maker” is the largest tournament at the World Series of Poker aside from the main event.
Tens of thousands of fans from more than 100 countries come each year to compete for millions of dollars.
The tournament cost $1,500 to enter, but many players, including Chen, paid an extra $1,500 to take advantage of a re-entry option that allowed them to try again if they busted out.