2023 WSOP Paradise Crowns Allan Mello as Its First Millionaire Winner

The inaugural WSOP Paradise festival in the Bahamas marked its first grand triumph with Allan Mello emerging as the champion of Event #2: Millionaire Maker in Paradise.

After an intense 15-hour battle, Mello bested a field of 3,496 players, turning his online and live poker skills into a life-changing $1,000,000 prize. The unique format of the event saw players initially compete online on GGPoker, with the final 100 qualifiers advancing to the live event in the Bahamas.

Mello’s path to victory culminated in a heads-up battle against Nazar Buhaiov from Ukraine. In a post-victory interview with PokerNews, an overwhelmed Mello shared, “I can’t believe I won this. I dreamed of this. Finally, I got my first bracelet and my biggest win of $1 million! So I am very happy.”

Millionaire Maker Final Table

The decisive moment came when Mello masterfully called Buhaiov’s all-in bluff on a 67A 5 2 board, holding T-high. Mello took some time before calling and eventually showing a winner with 87 and a pair of seven.

“I was just trying to play my best,” he added. “And I was running hot, so I just needed to do my best and wait to see if I keep running hot (to) win the tournament.”

2023 WSOP Paradise Event #2 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
 1Allan MelloBrazil$1,000,000
 2Nazar BuhaiovUkraine$593,500
 3Morten NorlandNorway$263,500
 4Maksim VaskresenskiPoland$158,500
 5Maxime ParysFrance$128,000
 6Clemen DengUnited States$103,500
 7Kasparas KlezysLithuania$81,100
 8Arnaud EnselmeFrance$65,000
 9Roland IsraelashviliUnited States$50,000

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