British professional poker player Andrew Teng has $465,972 more than he had a couple of days ago but he will still be disappointed with his finish in the 2014 World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker because had it not been (1) for a poor call of his all-in bet and (2) a horrible turn card, Teng could have won the $1,319,587 first place prize and that elusive WSOP bracelet.
Teng went into the final table of the $1,500 buy-in event third from nine in chips and was the only non-American. The man who has two Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) titles under his belt having won GUKPT Edinburgh in April, didn’t get off to the best of starts, telling PokerNews reporters that he hadn't won a hand all day and that the players at the final table were "playing terrible."
The eliminations of Maurice Hawkins, Andrew Dick,Jason Johnson, Stephen Graner and Bradley Anderson meant that Teng was guaranteed to take home over $465,000 for his efforts, but he wanted more than that. He wanted to win.
Any hopes and dreams of becoming a poker millionaire were crushed on Hand #139 of the final table when Teng moved all-in from the small blind with . Seated in the big blind was Jonathan Dimmig who looked down at and decided to make the call, despite only covering Teng by a single big blind. Tournament specialist Shaun Deeb later took to Twitter to say Dimmig’s call was terrible based on ICM, Teng referred to is as ICM suicide.
Teng took the lead on the flop, prompting his rail to go into raptures, but those cheers soon ended when the on the turn left Teng drawing dead. The meaningless completed the board and with that Teng was gone.
Dimmig eventually went on to win the tournament and scoop the near $1.32 million first place prize, but that is scant consolation for Teng who’s career-best score must taste rather bittersweet.
To discover how the final table of the Millionaire Maker played out, head to the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting pages for a hand-by-hand breakdown of it.