The $5,200 Progressive PKO Bounty, a type generally reserved for online play but brought to the live realm by Ryan Beauregard and his colleagues, was one of the most widely anticipated tournaments of the 2021 Wynn Winter Classic on December 13. The event, which had a $250,000 guarantee, had 154 participants and generated a prize fund of $452,760, which was divided between the regular and bounty pools.
Romain Lewis (15th – $8,014), Shannon Shorr (13th – $9,055), and final table bubble kid Chance Kornuth (10th – $10,323), to mention a few, were among those to cash yet fall short of the final table. The event was won by Boris Kolev of Bulgaria, who defeated Daniel Smiljkovic of Germany in heads-up play to earn a $131,548 first prize and $88,000 in bonuses. 245 players entered the $400 Seniors NLH (50+) $40K GTD, more than doubling the guarantee and establishing a $84,525 prize pool.
Lisa Teebagy (24th – $858), Paul Balzano (21st – $943), Xiao Huang (16th – $1,155), Darren Kitchen (12th – $1,461), and final table bubble boy Jurgen Bluthgen (10th – $1,669) were among the top 27 finishers. Curt Kohlberg, a poker player, defeated Alan Schottenfeld in heads-up play to win the tournament and the $21,361 first-place prize.
On December 14, the Wynn Winter Classic held a $400 Limit Omaha 8/B event, which drew 103 players and gave a prize fund of $35,535 dollars. The top 11 finishers were paid out, which meant two players cashed but didn’t make the final table. Joshua Rhodes and Andrew Donabedian were the winners, taking up $959 apiece for placing 11th and 10th, respectively.
Garry Gates, the fourth-place finisher in the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, was at the final table and finished in eighth place for $1,222. With only three people left, a compromise was reached that saw poker veteran “Miami” John Cernuto finish third for $5,700, Michael Parizen second for $8,543, and four-time bracelet champion and 2006 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen win the tournament and $8,678 in cash prizes.
The Wynn Winter Classic $400 NLH $40K GTD tournament took place on December 14. The event had 179 participants and awarded a prize money of $61,755 to the first 20 finishers. Darryll Shock (19th – $858), Randy Purdy (15th – $1,061), and final table bubble lady Carol Harmon (10th – $1,366) were among those to cash but fall short of the final table. Ryan Hughes won the tournament’s championship, trophy, and top prize of $17,080 after defeating Zachary Vuong in heads-up play.