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.
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.
It was clearly a special moment for McMillen and his friends cheering him on. Immediately after the victory, McMillen and his friends headed to ARIA to celebrate with a bottle of Dom Pérignon.
|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|