Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
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Event Info

Prize Pool $10,768,950
Players 7977

Level

Level 37
Blinds 250,000 / 500,000
Ante 50,000

Final Table Interview: Brad Anderson

• Level 33: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Bradley Anderson
Bradley Anderson

Brad Anderson hails from Missoula, Mont. and the trip to Las Vegas was planned around playing the Millionaire Maker. This is only his second bracelet event that Anderson played with the first being last year’s Millionaire Maker.

When he got to Vegas, Anderson felt the $1,500 buy-in was a little too high, so he decided to play a $275 satellite. He won the satellite and is now one of five players competing for $1 million.

We caught up with Anderson as the players went on break to talk about how the tournament is playing out and his game plan for the rest of the day.

PokerNews: Congratulations. How does it feel to be playing for over $1 million?

Brad Anderson: Thank you. It’s crazy. It’s so surreal. It hasn’t really set in that we are playing for over a million dollars. It’s just crazy.

Things seem to be going your way today.

Yeah. I am running pretty well. In a tournament this big, they tell me the main thing is you have to run well. And I am.

You came in as one of the shorter stacks of the day and now you are the overwhelming chip leader. What were some of the key moments for you today?

I ran a couple of big bluffs early to get some chips and the kid to my right, Stephen (Graner) was a really good player with a lot of chips. He ended up having some tough hands, some cooler hands that could have gone either way and he was losing chips. That kind of freed up me to play a little more pots. I started the day trying to stay out of his way because he had a lot of chips and I respect his game.

Then I started to get some cards, there was an ace-queen versus ace-jack. I was put all in and I just felt if it was meant to be, it was meant to be. Then I picked up a big hand after that and kind of built it up and went on a crazy run.

How did you avoid all the land mines through the three previous days?

I felt like I played pretty well, but then I got lucky a few times for a few really huge pots. I was all in and hit a jack to make a set against kings. And another one I was short-stacked and shoved a hand into a favorite and then got lucky. You have to get lucky more than a few times in a field this big.

I feel like I picked my spots and tried to avoid mistakes. Add some luck and here I am with a chance to win a million.

This is obviously a huge score, what does it mean?

It really means a lot. Maybe I can play a little bit more after this. I have some friends that are good players and I really spent a lot of last year studying the game, reading books and picking the brains of other players. I lost some money but I wanted to improve.

What’s your game plan for the rest of the day?

Everyone at the table is a good player. I just have to apply pressure and try not to double someone up. Keep playing, avoid mistakes and apply pressure on the shorter stacks. I guess we’ll see how it goes.

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Hands #82-84: Duking It Out

• Level 33: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Hand #82: Jonathan Demmig opened for 400,000. Jeff Coburn reraised to 1.4 million total. It was folded back to Demmig who grinned at Coburn as he let his hand go.

Hand #83: Bradley Anderson opened for 400,000 from the small blind and James Duke called out of the big blind. The flop came {7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and Anderson bet 400,000 and was snap-called by Duke.

The turn was the {Q-Diamonds} and Anderson bet again, this time making it 700,000. Duke was a little slower in acting this time, but did make the call eventually.

The river was the {K-Diamonds} and Anderson slowed down, checking. Duke made a bet of 1.6 million and Anderson folded.

Hand #84: Demmig opened for 400,000 and Duke called from the small blind. The flop came {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and Duke led out for 800,000. That was enough to get Demmig to lay his hand down.

Hands #79-81: Dimmig Getting Short

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Hand #79: Jeffrey Coburn raised to 420,000 and table short stack Andrew Teng called in the big blind. They saw the {3-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{A-Spades} flop and Teng checked. Coburn bet 630,000 and Teng mucked his cards.

Hand #80: Bradley Anderson raised to 400,000 from the cutoff, Andrew Duke called one seat over and Teng moved all in from the small blind to scare off all opponents.

Hand #81: Duke raised to 450,000 and called the three-bet of Jonathan Dimmig to 1 million. They saw the {10-Hearts}{K-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop and Dimmig continued for 1,045,000 chips. Duke didn’t go anywhere and made the call.

After the {5-Diamonds} turn, Dimmig check-folded when Duke announced a bet of 2 million. The chip leader from not so along ago suddenly dropped into the short stack zone.

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Hands #74-78: Anderson Leaking Chips

• Level 33: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Hand #74: Bradley Anderson opened for 400,000. Andrew Teng called out of the big blind. The flop came {J-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{3-Clubs} and both players checked.

The turn was the {6-Spades} and Teng bet inducing a fold from Anderson to take down the pot.

Hand #75: Teng moved all in from the small blind and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #76; Anderson opened for 400,000 and Jonathan Dimmig called out of the small blind. The flop came {9-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades} and both players checked.

The turn was the {8-Hearts} and Dimmig led out for 550,000. Anderson called and the dealer put out the {5-Hearts} on the river. Dimmig made another bet, again for 550,000 and Anderson called. Anderson had {X-}{6-} for a straight but Dimmig had {10-}{6-} for a bigger straight to take down the pot.

Hand #77: Jeff Coburn completed the small blind and Anderson checked his option. The flop came {9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and both players checked. The turn was the {10-Clubs} and Coburn bet 260,000. Anderson folded.

Hand #78: Anderson completed the small blind and James Duke checked his option. The flop came {7-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Anderson bet 200,000. Duke raised it to 550,000 and Anderson called.

The turn was the {6-Spades} and both players checked. The river was the {K-Clubs}; Anderson checked. Duke bet 790,000 and Anderson would eventually make the call. Duke turned over {K-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for a rivered two pair which was better than Anderson's {9-}{7-}.

Thinking Poker Podcast Episode #81: WSOP Preparation

[user101598] • Level 33: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
WSOP
WSOP

On Episode 81 of the Thinking Poker Podcast, Nate and Andrew discuss strategies for the World Series of Poker that will assist you both on and off of the felt. They also break down a hand from Nitcast favorite Gareth Chantler and another from the Sunday Million.

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Level:
33
Blinds:
100,000/200,000
Ante:
30,000

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Second Break In the Final

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And we are off again for 20 minutes and will get you the up to date chip counts shortly.

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