27 January 2023

BILOXI, Miss. – The Main Event of Beau Rivage’s Million Dollar Heater ended in a three-way chop with chip-leader Kooroush Ghaedi from New Orleans, La. declared winner. The tournament’s Main Event saw 1,074 poker players from around the country competing for their share of the $1,127,700 prize pool, with Ghaedi, Brock Gary and Jeremy Eyer each taking home $144,384.

“We welcomed 8,317 poker players and paid more than $4 million in prize money during this year’s Million Dollar Heater,” said Beau Rivage Poker Room Manager Adam Nash. “The record-breaking tournament continues to prove itself as the premier poker event in the South.”

The highly anticipated 10th annual Million Dollar Heater opened on Jan. 5 and broke all previous tournament records with 3,870 players, the single largest tournament in Mississippi history. Players competed for a prize pool of $1,238,400 and Pensacola’s Benjamin Bell took home top honors and the first place prize of $163,425.

Eleven tournament events with entry fees ranging from $120 to $1,200 took place over 12 action-packed days. Event winners include:

Event 1

$400 Double Bag Bonus $750,000 Guaranteed

Benjamin Bell


Event 2

$300 Sunday $50,000 Guaranteed

Chad Conrad


Event 3

$400 Limit Omaha 8 or Better

JW Carter


Event 4

$400 Mystery Bounty

William Stanford


Event 5

$400 Senior $50,000 Guaranteed

Charles Westbrook


Event 6

$500 Six Max Black Chip Bounty

Seville Hale


Event 7

$400 Monster Stack

Gavin Monroe


Event 8

$1,200 Freezeout

Charles Esque, Jr.


Event 9

$200 Rookies Event

Ray Lauga


Event 10

$400 Survivor

Kamvar Razavian


Event 11

$1,300 Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed

Kooroush Ghaedi




Already known as the crown jewel of the Gulf Coast, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino continues to raise the bar. Named one of the “South’s Best Resorts” by Southern Living, MGM Resorts International’s AAA Four Diamond beachfront resort recently completed a $55 million room remodel of its 1,740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. The resort is home to 12 restaurants, four bars and lounges, and an 85,000-square-foot gaming area that includes the new Buffalo Zone and BetMGM Book Bar and Grill, Mississippi’s full-service sports betting and entertainment destination. The resort also offers live entertainment in its 1,550-seat theatre, an upscale shopping promenade with a Black Clover Lounge and Topgolf Swing Suite, a world-class spa & salon and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. For more information and reservations, call (888) 567-6667 or visit www.beaurivage.com.

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CONTACT: Mary Cracchiolo Spain, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, mspain@mgmresorts.com, 228.547.8473