A $160 buy-in $1 millon guaranteed event at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles (Event #25: Mega Milions XVIII Quantum) attracted a massive field of 6,087 players to more than double the initial guarantee!
The event started on March 16 and finished on March 29, with $160 and $550 buy-ins for Day 1 flights and a $4,300 direct buy-in for Day 2. At the end of it all it was Canadian poker pro Ari Engel who had all the chips for a $315,142 payday. He also received a trophy and a $4300 ticket to the next Mega Millions event. This was Engel's third largest live tournament score to date and he now has $5.8 million in total live earnings!
Despite so much success and money earned playing live tournaments in the past decade, Engel continues to play small buy-in events (with massive fields) with great success! Something not that common for players of his caliber these days! It proves that one can be a very successful poker player without playing high roller and super high roller events!