2015 world series poker millionaire maker won by Adrian Buckley

20 June 2015

27 year old electrical engineer Adrian Buckley won a gold bracelet and $1,277,193 topping 7,275 other entries in the 2015 WSOP ‘Millionaire Maker’ event. This $1500 buy in no-limits hold-em event was one of the largest live poker events in poker history and Buckley whose biggest ever win until then was for $5,546 could not believe his luck.

Buckley says “ this has been a crazy few days and winning was absolutely surreal. “ Buckley won 1,320 ”player of the year” points in addition to winning the money and the bracelet which secured him at the 61st position in the POY rankings. For the Docano, CO resident it was a dream run and hard-won battle . He fought with many top ranked players and also navigated the huge field. The final table had four previous WSOP bracelet winners Erick Lindgren, David Miscikowski, Justin Pechie,  and Mike Sexton and also World Poker Tour Champion and sit-and-go high-stakes specialist Olivier Busquet. Buckley had more than his share of work.

He was in the final table with one of the shortest stacks and was up against Javier Zarco who had chip lead at the beginning of the game. During the final hand, Buckley just had a 2-1 advantage. Buckley opened at 2,000,000 in the final-hand while Zarco moved in for a total of 17,000,000. Buckley’s call of 10 spade and 10 clubs put Zarco’s 6 spade and 6 clubs in trouble. The board ran out shortly, while having secured: his win, (KSpade SuitJHeart Suit3Heart SuitKDiamond Suit2Club Suit ) his title and also the big win. Zarco was runner up with $791,690 making a big finish.

Thanks to WSOP, Buckley is a big winner and millionaire but says he will continue his job at Lockheed-Martin as a defense contractor.

Buckley had come in to play ten events but never dreamt he would win this big. He says he will definitely continue to play in the main event but would return to work soon after. 


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