This year’s Million Dollar Heater $3,200 Main Event at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, ended in a three-way chop between Tripp Kirk, BJ McBrayer, and Jake Daniels – who walked away with the trophy in his part of the divvied up prize pool. The chop, which was based on an independent chip model, resulted in an even split between first and second-place ($113,000).
The start of the tournament saw 160 entrants vying for the $50,000 guarantee. Daniels would have been considered a longshot at the outset; prior to this win, he had just $10,000 in live tournament earnings.
Caufman Talley (four-time World Series of Poker circuit winner) was in the lead when the final day began and his position only grew stronger as he eliminated the first two players at the nine-person final table.
Daniels went on to take out Ryan Van Sanford in seventh when he flopped a set of jacks against the latter’s aces. Josh Palmer was the next to go when Daniels flopped yet another set, this time 10s against a pair of jacks.
Kirk sent Talley away in a five-bet, pre-flop all-in pot. Talley had A♡, K♤ against Talley’s jacks, but the board helped him secure the elimination of the big-time player.
In the final four, David Chocheles was lagging and ultimately shoved with a K, J. Kirk’s A, J took him out.
After an unscheduled break, the three players came to an agreement on the deal that named Daniels the Champion.
Final table results:
(Photo credit: Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino)
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