Laplante, Cheong & Costa Among Early 2023 Wynn Million Side Event Winners


2023 Wynn Millions

The 2023 Wynn Millions kicked off on February 20 and is slated to run via March 19. Whereas the $3,500 buy-in, $3 million GTD Wynn Thousands and thousands Principal Occasion, which kicks off at present, is capturing the large headlines, there have been a collection of aspect occasions enjoying over the previous couple of weeks.

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Ryan Wolfson Wins Huge in $1,600 Thriller Bounty Occasion

Ryan Wolfson
Ryan Wolfson

From February 23-26, the $1,600 buy-in, $1.5 million GTD Thriller Bounty came about. With 1,270 entrants competing over three beginning days, a $2,463,800 prize pool was created. Amongst these to make comparatively deep runs and earn a bit of the common prize pool had been Nipun Java (14th – $12,303), Eric Baldwin (fifteenth – $12,303), Qing Liu (18th – $9,300), Ben Palmer (twenty first – $8,125), and Adam Hendrix (twenty second – $8,125).

A deal was labored on the ultimate desk that in the end noticed Ryan Wolfson of Westbury, New York take $130,080 in prize cash plus 9 bounties for a complete of $163,580 in prizes.

Wynn Thousands and thousands $1,600 Thriller Bounty Ultimate Desk Outcomes

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Ryan Wolfson Westbury, NY $130,080
2 Mike Allis Publish Falls, ID $93,132
3 Tyler Willse Lake Tapps, WA $76,317
4 Brady Osterman Henderson, NV $74,265
5 Ken Einiger Las Vegas, NV $67,232
6 Ike Nlemchi Houston, TX $63,232
7 Pervez Ahmed Newbury, Park, CA $47,304
8 Vuong Do Anaheim, CA $22,981
9 Danith Ham San Digeo, CA $19,391

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Ryan Laplante Lastly Captures Lengthy-Awaited Wynn Trophy

Ryan Laplante
Ryan Laplante

Within the $600 H.O.R.S.E. event, 92 runners generated a $47,380 prize pool awarded to the highest 11 finishers. Two gamers to money for $1,279 apiece however fall simply in need of the ultimate desk had been Svetlana Gromenkova (tenth place) and Ke Chen (eleventh place).

It was the nineteenth ultimate desk look in a Wynn event by poker professional Ryan Laplante, however amazingly he had by no means taken dwelling a coveted trophy. That each one modified when he closed out the event to the tune of $12,401 after a heads-up take care of Tony Phan, who claimed $12,400 in prize cash.

Wynn Thousands and thousands $600 H.O.R.S.E. Ultimate Desk Outcomes

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Ryan Laplante Las Vegas, NV $12,401*
2 Tony Phan Las Vegas, NV $12,400*
3 Daniel Anton Las Vegas, NV $5,761
4 Ryan Roeder Missoula, MT $3,970
5 Lawrence Berg Las Vegas, NV $2,961
6 Leonard August North Bergen, NJ $2,350
7 Gail Sarett Las Vegas, NV $1,928
8 Frank Menendez Tampa, FL $1,630
9 Lindsay McDougal Las Vegas, NV $1,421

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Joseph Cheong Nabs Early Title in $600 NLH

Joseph Cheong
Joseph Cheong

From February 21-23, the $600 NLH $200K GTD noticed 805 entrants generate a $414,575 prize pool, which was reserved for the highest 88 finishers. Amongst these to money however fall in need of the ultimate desk had been Tuan Mai (thirteenth – $5,511), Chris McNulty (18th – $3,608), Cole Ferraro (twentieth – $3,608), Jeremy Pekarek (twenty ninth – $2,412), Ben Palmer (thirty fifth – $2,412), and Rachel Whetstone (thirty ninth – $2,118).

The ultimate desk contained a number of well-known poker gamers together with Elvis Toomas (seventh – $10,737), David Jackson (4th – $23,258), and James Van Alstyne (third – $32,876). In the long run, it was Joseph Cheong defeating Vinny Pahuja in heads-up play to win the event for $74,670.

Wynn Thousands and thousands $600 NLH $200K GTD Ultimate Desk Outcomes

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Joseph Cheong Las Vegas, NV $74,670
2 Vinny Pahuja Jersey Metropolis, NJ $48,339
3 James Van Alstyne Las Vegas, NV $32,876
4 David Jackson Jacksonville, FL $23,258
5 Julio Pulido Garland, TX $17,122
6 Russel McClean Las Vegas, NV $13,349
7 Elvis Toomas Las Vegas, NV $10,737
8 Dor Peleg Scotsdale, AZ $8,913
9 Ryan Awwad Sacramento, CA $7,515

Former Aussie Thousands and thousands Champ Peter Costa Wins $1,100 Seniors Occasion

Peter Costa
Peter Costa

From February 27-28, the $1,100 Seniors NLH $100K GTD noticed 240 entrants generate a $232,800 prize pool, which was reserved for the highest 27 finishers. Amongst these to money however fall in need of the ultimate desk had been Michael Ruter (tenth – $4,598), Danny Bigelow (14th – $3,562), Cy Williams (nineteenth – $2,863), and Arnie Friedman (twenty fifth – $2,363).

On the ultimate desk, a three-way deal was struck that in the end noticed Peter Costa win the event for $44,179. If that title sounds acquainted, it’s most likely since you acknowledge Costa because the winner of the 2003 Aussie Millions Main Event for $221,862.

“Simply earlier than the mass shutdowns as a consequence of COVID in 2020, I made a decision that I had unfinished enterprise with poker,” Costa shared on social media. “It was only a matter of when somewhat than if, no matter the truth that I used to be not getting any youthful … This yr, I used to be decided that the unfinished enterprise wanted to be completed.”

He continued: “Trying again at this occasion, it actually was enjoyable seeing the numbers dwindle down with me and my quick stack being mere bystanders for essentially the most half … I used to be simply having fun with the second for it was – a enjoyable time with very nice folks.”

A few of his accomplishments that yr included victories within the $300 Restrict Maintain’em occasion on the California State Poker Championship for $115,662; Bellagio’s $2,500 Restrict Maintain’em for $112,000; $5,000 Championship Occasion on the 2002 Corridor of Fame Poker Traditional for $101,520; a pair of victories on the 2002 4 Queens Poker Traditional for almost $40,000; and successful the Late Evening Poker Collection 6 Grand Ultimate for $78,275.

Wynn Thousands and thousands $1,100 Seniors NLH $100K GTD Ultimate Desk Outcomes

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Peter Costa Las Vegas, NV $44,179*
2 Mark Gregorich Las Vegas, NV $39,376*
3 Mark Johnson Las Vegas, NV $35,454*
4 Brendan Shiller Las Vegas, NV $16,529
5 Nick Phoenix Encino, CA $12,175
6 Sejo Kasic Las Vegas, NV $9,382
7 Larry Wright McQueeney, TX $7,543
8 Gary Simpson Rancho Santa Margarita, CA $6,262
9 Dennis Pollock Grand Junction, CO $5,331

*Denotes three-way deal.

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2023 Wynn Thousands and thousands Winners Thus Far

Date Match Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown/County Prize
Feb. 20 $500 NLH $50K GTD 290 $124,700 Maher al Mouselly Calgary, Canada $30,228
Feb. 21 $600 H.O.R.S.E. $30K GTD 92 $47,380 Ryan Laplante Las Vegas, NV $12,401
Feb. 21-23 $600 NLH $200K GTD 805 $414,575 Joseph Cheong Las Vegas, NV $74,670
Feb. 24 %400 PLO Turbo $20K GTD 129 $43,860 Pete Rocha Victoria, TX $10,965
Feb. 26 $400 NLH $40K GTD 325 $110,500 Brian Hughes Las Vegas, NV $21,271
Feb. 23-26 $1,600 Thriller Bounty 1,270 $2,463,800 Ryan Wolfson Westbury, NY $130,080
Feb. 27-28 $1,100 Seniors NLH $100K GTD 240 $232,800 Peter Costa Las Vegas, NV $44,179
Feb. 28 $400 NLH $40K GTD 296 $100,640 Patrick Hackenburg Manhattan, KS $24,395
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