Ron "MacDaddy15" McMillen Turns Online Debut into WSOP Bracelet Win ($188,214)
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On Thursday night, the 2020 WSOP Online Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max drew 658 runners who rebought 368 times.
The 1,026-entry field resulted in a $974,700 prize pool, and after 10 hours of play, it was 70-year-old Ron "MacDaddy15" McMillen coming out on top to win a $188,214 top prize and a WSOP gold bracelet.
While he's got plenty of live experience, the tournament marked his first time ever playing online poker. He navigated a field of young, online crushers to show that even a live player can succeed online.
McMillen, a regular on the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), actually came fairly close to winning a bracelet in the past on a couple of occasions. In 2014, he finished 12th in Event #19: $1,500 NLH for $29,709, and a year later placed 10th in the 2015 WSOP Event #6: $1,000 NLH Hyper-Turbo for $14,255.
It was clearly a special moment for McMillen and his friends cheering him on.
Iowa’s Ron "MacDaddy15" McMillen had never played online poker before, but that didn’t stop him from winning tonigh… https://t.co/W7xPULMnYT— Chad Holloway (@ChadAHolloway)
2020 WSOP Event #9 Final Table Results
|1||Ron "MacDaddy15" McMillen||$188,214|
|2||Ryan "Im.Sorry" Torgersen||$116,379|
|3||Wade "WillowG23" Griffith||$81,972|
|4||Ruth "crazeelf666" Ruffman||$58,482|
|5||Chris "moodeez" Moody||$42,301|
|6||Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman||$30,995|
After Ray "Raytrg" Vilaman bubbled the tournament in 144th place, the eliminations came at a rapid pace. Among the notables to cash were Chris "Robotbob47" Moorman (141st - $1,656.99), Alan "mossadshark" Sternberg (109th - $1,754.46), Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu (96th - $1,851.93), Tara "bertperton" Cain (79th - $2,241.81), Yong Keun "LuckySpewy1" Kwon (56th - $2,729.16), Nick "cashUSklay" Schulman (43rd - $3,703.86), Anthony "heheh" Zinno (22nd - $5,360.25), Ryan "Adopt_aDogg0" Leng (10th - $10,331.82) and Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian (8th - $17,447.13).
Final Table Action
This was Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman's second final table appearance this series but unfortunately, it was short-lived once again after he lost a flip holding ace-nine suited to McMillen's pair of ducks.
Chris "moodeez" Moody was the next to go after they three-bet jammed holding a suited jack-ten but was dominated by Ryan "Im.Sorry" Torgersen holding king-jack. Moody flopped a broadway draw but the board finished with running fives ending their tournament in fifth place.
The final table eliminations continued in a flurry after Ruth "crazeelf666" Ruffman got her remaining chips in the middle holding a made hand of tens but ran into the pocket queens of Torgersen ending her night in fourth place.
After Wade "WillowG23" Griffith bowed out in third place – the result of getting it in on the river holding top-pair only to see Torgersen table a flush – the heads-up match was set with Torgersen holding almost a 2:1 chip lead over McMillen.
The Turning Point
Despite the disparity, it proved to be a back-and-forth affair until McMillen won a flip holding pocket tens against Torgersen's ace-queen. There wasn't much of a sweat as a ten appeared in the window giving McMillen a set to win the hand and from there he held a 19:1 chip advantage.
After the big race, it only took two short hands before Torgersen was eliminated in second place. They flopped top-pair holding king-four only to be flushed out on the turn by McMillen's ten-five of diamonds.
Immediately after the victory, McMillen and his friends headed to ARIA to celebrate with a bottle of Dom Pérignon.
2020 Online WSOP Bracelet Winners
|7/1/20||Event #1: $500 NLH Kick-Off||1,715||$771,750||Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler||$130,425.75|
|7/2/20||Event #2: $1,000 NLH Deepstack 8-Max||919||$873,050||Louis "PokeThese" Lynch||$168,586|
|7/3/20||Event #3: $400 NLH||2,091||$752,760||Robert "bustinballs" Kuhn||$115,850|
|7/4/20||Event #4: $500 NLH Super Turbo||1,179||$530,550||Matt "Bodeyster" Bode||$97,091|
|7/5/20||Event #5: $1,000 NLH Freezeout||854||$811,300||Allen "Acnyc718" Chang||$161,286|
|7/6/20||Event #6: $600 PLO8 6-Handed||883||$449,820||Nathan "surfbum" Gamble||$89,424|
|7/6/20||Event #7: $800 NLH Knockout Deepstack||989||$731,660||Joon “jykpoker” Kim||$103,127|
|7/8/20||Event #8: $500 NLH Freezeout||1,479||$665,550||Alan "GladiusIII" Goehring||$119,400|
|7/9/20||Event #9: $1,000 NLH 6-Max||1,026||$974,700||Ron "MacDaddy15" McMillen||$188,214|
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