2023 WSOP Mystery Millions Creates Pair of Instant Millionaires

WSOP’s record-breaking $1,000 Mystery Millions tournament gave away a pair of million-dollar bounties on Sunday.

Jeff Walsh
Jun 4, 2023
Shant Marashlian was the first of two $1,000,000 bounty winners in the WSOP’s Million Dollar Bounty (photo credit: WSOP)

It’s no longer a mystery as to who will be the lucky players to pull the million-dollar bounties out of the Gold Chest in the World Series of Poker’s record-breaking $1,000 Mystery Millions. On Sunday afternoon, not one, but two players became instant millionaires after knocking out an opponent, cashing in their bounties, and drawing the top bounty prize of $1,000,000.

The first was California resident Shant Marashlian. According to WSOP.com, Marashlian got involved in the three-way pot holding Diamond JSpade J. The hand, as described, saw a short-stacked Aaron Miller move all in holding Club AHeart 8 and after another player reshoved with the Spade 10Heart 10, Marashlian looked down at pocket jacks. Covering both players and with a shot to collect two bounties, Marashlian also moved all in. The board ran out Diamond 8Heart 5Club 2Heart 7pc]ah[/pc] allowing Miller to stay in the tournament, but knocking out the player with pocket tens and allowing Marashlian to collect the bounty.

Here’s what happened next:

About an hour later Patrick Liang cashed in two bounties and both gave him Gold Chest opportunities. His first pull was for a healthy $25,000 score. His second made him a millionaire:

According to WSOP.com, Liang said that the first thing he would do with his newfound cash is “give everyone at his table $1,000.”

The allure of the $1,000 Mystery Millions (Event #3) drew more than 18,000 runners, a new record for the largest ever field ever for a buy-in $1,000 or higher at the WSOP. And while two million-dollar paydays have been collected, a third is still up for grabs. That will go to the eventual tournament winner, who is also promised $1 million.