Again, Benny Chen is high in at the WSOP 2016 after turning $1,500 into $1.2 million three years ago in the WSOP’s first ever Millionaire Maker.
Chen is now again with one of the chip leaders in the last 63 after this year’s event started with 7,190 entries.
Despite taking the game quite seriously, he won his first WSOP bracelet as an amateur poker player.
He says his trying to keep the things the same, although the $1.2 million prize obviously made his life a bit easier.
‘It definitely helped me out a lot but I haven’t really changed my life too much. My parents don’t hassle me so much about playing poker anymore’.
Freedom after Millionaire Maker win
It’s safe to say Chen kept a big chunk of his big win for himself as he said he only had ‘little pieces and swaps’ out.
‘Everybody’s different but for me the money gives me time.. I just try to keep things simple’.
‘I don’t have to stress about paying bills and everything else so it’s pretty important. I feel very grateful and very blessed’.
Let’s imagine that Che wins another seven-figure sum in Las Vegas, even then he’d keep the same lifestyle.
Together with his brother, he is running a restaurant in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where he grew up.
Over the last 12 years he won $1.65 million by playing cards but he is still calling himself a poker amateur.
‘I play on and off, not as much as I used to but I pick my spots’, Chan said.
Once again, this year things have been going smoothly and so his timing seems to be spot on.
‘The last little bit I’ve just been running really well. The experience from the first time is definitely valuable. I’m a little more patient this time’, Chen about his tournament until now.
With a top five stack chances the chance is big that we’ll see him going further in the this event, in which he already guaranteed ten times the $1,500 buy-in.