We caught up with the action on the final hand of the event on the turn, with the board showing [5s][5d][3h][9d]. Min Zhang fired out 5,000,000 and Ari Engel raised to 11,500,000. Zhang called, and the [10h] completed the board. Zhang once again fired out 5,000,000, and Engel thought for a bit before raising to 16,750,000. Zhang immediately moved all in, and Engel sighed before asking for a count.
"You have pocket 10's?" Engel asked Zhang, who stayed silent. The all in was for 25,000,000 total, and Engel made the call with [Ac][5c]. Zhang showed [Qc][Qs] for two pair that was no good.
It was an amazing run for Zhang, who qualified through a Day 1 session but busted early on Day 2. She wasn't planning on buying in for $4,300, but she told us she hit a dragon bonus in the Baccarat room, and decided to press her luck. It worked out for her greatly, as she will take home $178,565.
However, the day belongs to Ari Engel, who adds yet another massive score to his already impressive poker resume. Engel will take home $315,142, and if that wasn't enough, Engel also stands as the last Day 2 buy-in player left, meaning he will have a free $4,300 seat to the next Mega Millions in August.
Congratulations again to Ari Engel, and thank you to everyone who came out to make this one of the biggest Mega Millions events yet!
We will have another series in June, so we will see you guys then!