When the fourth and final day of the Millionaire Maker (the sixth-largest live tournament in poker history) event kicked off, there were only 17 players left from a total of 7,725 entries. Among these 17 players were big names such as Erick Lindgren, Oliver Busquet, Andrew Lichtenberger and Mike Sexton.
There can't been many of the Day 4 players that were worried about or paid any notice to the man, Adrian Buckley, who started with the smallest stack and didn't even have $10k in recorded tournament winnings.
Well, poker is a game in which everything is possible, and remarkably this was the second big WSOP tournament this year that has been won by a player that has never cashed in a WSOP (Las Vegas) event before. Colossus winner Cord Garcia outlasted nearly 23,000 players to finish in the money for the first time, collecting $638,880.
Buckley also had his first payday ($1,277,193) at the WSOP after besting 7,274 other entrants over several days, including the final day that saw so many poker stars returning with much more chips than himself.