From April 6-24, Wynn Poker played host to the Wynn Signature Series, which was comprised of a dozen events offering more than $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools.
The series ultimately catered to a combined 4,401 entrants and awarded $2,324,655 in prize money. Among those to walk away with titles were Ben Palmer ($600 NLH $250K GTD for $58,262), Andrew Donabedian ($400 PLO Turbo $20K GTD for $9,772), and Tuan Mai ($400 NLH $40K GTD for $14,928), just to name a few.
Here’s a look at a few other big winners and stories from the 2022 Wynn Signature Series.
Alexander Mazzola Wins Main Event
The series concluded with a $1,100 buy-in, $500K GTD NLH tournament from April 21-24. That event attracted 767 entries who created a $747,825 prize pool that was paid out to the top 83 finishers including Jesse Lonis (66th – $2,707), Cole Ferraro (60th – $3,040), Patrick Eskandar (37th – $3,913), Ping Liu ((30th – $4,461), and final table bubble boy Nikhil Gera (10th – $11,833).
The final table was comprised of some familiar faces including Joey Weissman (7th – $19,817), 1997 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event runner-up John Strzemp (4th – $42,650), and Matt Affleck (3rd – $59,748).
The final two players agreed to an even heads-up chip that saw them each take home $110,376 in prize money. Jim Agate officially finished as runner-up while Alexander Mazzola claimed the trophy and title of champion.
Wynn Signature Series $1,100 NLH Final Table Results
|1||Alexander Mazzola||Las Vegas, NV||$110,376*|
|2||James Agate||Las Vegas, NV||$110,376*|
|3||Matt Affleck||Las Vegas, NV||$59,748|
|4||John Strzemp||Las Vegas, NV||$42,650|
|5||Brandon Fujii||Las Vegas, NV||$31,857|
|6||Raul Garza||Alton, TX||$24,678|
|7||Joey Weissman||Las Vegas, NV||$19,817|
|8||Peiwen Wang||Irvine, CA||$16,452|
|9||Thomas Zanot||Las Vegas, NV||$13,874|
*Denotes heads-up deal.
Gary Simpson the Best Bounty Hunter
Another major event on the schedule was the $600 buy-in, $400K GTD Wynn Mystery Bounty event from April 13-17. That tournament attracted 1,247 entrants over four starting flights, which create a $648,440 prize pool, of which $249,400 was devoted to the mystery bounty pool.
The top 135 finishers got pair a piece of the regular prize pool including Eric Baldwin (52nd – $1,651), Nikhil Gera (27th – $2,382), Mark Seif (21st – $2,716), Eric Rivkin (8th – $7,682), and Anatolii Zyrin (4th – $19,952).
After Lam Dang Nguyen bowed out in third place for $28,172, the final two players worked a deal. Eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner David Larson ended up taking second place for $48,575 while Gary Simpson of Rancho Santa Margarita, California claim the title and $54,469 in prize money.
Wynn Signature Series $600 Mystery Bounty Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Hometown||Prize (not including any bounties)|
|1||Gary Simpson||Rancho Santa Margarita, CA||$54,469*|
|2||David Larson||Las Vegas, NV||$48,575*|
|3||Lam Dang Nguyen||Garden Grove, CA||$28,172|
|6||Jose De Los Reyes||Las Vegas, NV||$11,512|
|7||Robert March||Las Vegas, NV||$9,250|
|8||Eric Rivkin||Laguna Woods, CA||$7,682|
|9||Changliang Deng||Mountain House, CA||$6,482|
*Denotes heads-up deal.
Rex Clinkscales Wins $400 NLH Freezeout
On April 11, the $400 NLH Freezeout $25K GTD attracted 111 runners and offered up a $38,295 prize pool to the top 13 finishers. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Sascha Masloch (10th – $961), Gerald Ford (11th – $961), Adolfo Marquez (12th – $839), and Christopher Flint (13th – $839).
Some familiar names at the final table were Patrick Lacey (6th – $1,815), Mark Liedtke (5th – $2,259), and David “The Maven” Gutfreund (4th – $3,064). In the end, it was former poker pro Rex Clinkscales besting Stephen Decker in heads-up play to win the Wynn trophy and $11,149 top prize.
$400 NLH Freezeout Final Table Results
|1||Rex Clinkscales||Las Vegas, NV||$11,149|
|2||Stephen Decker||Denver, CO||$8,000|
|3||Josephine Garcia Flint||UK||$4,481|
|4||David Gutfreund||Las Vegas, NV||$3,064|
|5||Mark Liedtke||Las Vegas, NV||$2,259|
|6||Patrick Lacey||Marlton, NJ||$1,815|
|7||Tyler Huculak||Las Vegas, NV||$1,524|
|8||Robert McMillan||Prescott, AZ||$1,292|
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2022 Wynn Signature Series Winners
|6-Apr||$400 Seniors NLH $40K GTD||205||$70,725||Robert Goldstein||Las Vegas, NV||$16,256|
|10-Apr||$400 NLH $40K GTD||146||$50,370||Mikal Smith||Chandler, AZ||$15,191|
|April 7-10||$600 NLH $250K GTD||697||$362,440||Ben Palmer||Las Vegas, NV||$58,262|
|9-Apr||$400 PLO Turbo $20K GTD||67||$23,115||Andrew Donabedian||Las Vegas, NV||$9,772|
|11-Apr||$400 NLH Freezeout $25K GTD||111||$38,295||Rex Clinkscales||Las Vegas, NV||$11,149|
|13-Apr||$600 NLH Mystery Bounty $400K GTD||1,247||$648,440||Gary Simpson||Rancho Santa Margarita, CA||$54,469|
|12-Apr||$400 Limit Omaha 8/B $25K GTD||94||$32,430||Hicham Chami||Las Vegas, NV||$10,739|
|12-Apr||$400 NLH $40K GTD||146||$50,370||Jeffrey Allen||Santa Rosa, CA||$12,605|
|April 18-21||$400 NLH $100K GTD||562||$193,890||Vincent Freeman||Memphis, TN||$39,186|
|20-Apr||$400 NLH $3K Survivor $100 Bounty||171||$41,895||13 Winners||N/A||$3,000|
|April 21-24||$1,100 NLH $500K GTD||767||$747,825||Alexander Mazzola||Las Vegas, NV||$110,376|
|24-Apr||$400 NLH $40K GTD||188||$64,860||Tuan Mai||San Jose, CA||$14,928|
The Wynn released the schedule for the 2022 Wynn Summer Classic, which is scheduled to take place from May 31-July 20 alongside the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) on the same dates. Click here for more details.
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