Ace-High Hero Call Lifts Tyler Brown to WSOP Million Dollar Score

A big call for it all helped Tyler Brown capture his first WSOP gold bracelet in the 2023 WSOP Mystery Millions.

Jeff Walsh
Jun 6, 2023
Tyler Brown took home the $1,000,000 first-place prize in the WSOP Mystery Millions thanks to an ace-high hero call. (image courtesy: PokerGO)

The final million-dollar score of the $1,000 World Series of Poker Mystery Millions belongs to Chicago’s Tyler Brown after he topped the tournament’s record-breaking field of 18,188 and delivered what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest hero calls of the summer.

Brown’s Mystery Millions (Event #3) victory came with a career-high $1,000,000 first-place prize as well awarded Brown his first WSOP bracelet. And while both the score and the title will likely sit at the top of his poker resume for some time, he may become best known for putting it all at risk with ace-high in a high-pressure spot against his heads-up opponent Guang Chen.

With the blinds at an astronomical 6M/12M (12M bb ante) Brown raised the button to 29M holding the Club ASpade 5. Chen made the call in the big blind with his Club KHeart 9. The Spade 3Heart 3Diamond 2 flop missed both players and when Chen checked it over to Brown, he continued for 18M. Chen made the quick check-raise to 72M and after a short time in the tank, Brown made the call.

The turn was the Spade Q and with little hesitation, Chen open-shoved with the king-high bluff for the rest of his 227M stack, putting Brown to a decision for all of it.

After a minute and a half, with his tournament and a pay difference of $440,000 on the line, Brown made the correct ace-high call with one card to come. The Heart Q river was clean for Brown, shipping him the pot and giving him a 10-1 chip lead.

The very next hand, Brown eliminated Chen who took home $561,320 for his runner-up finish.

Just one week in and it’s already been a big summer for Brown who, in addition to his first seven-figure Mystery Millions score and $25,000 Gold Chest bounty, had a final table appearance in Event #6 ($5,000 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha) where he finished in sixth place for $92,362.