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Steve Sung Takes Down the Wynn Poker Fall Classic Championship

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Steve Sung won his first major live poker tournament in five years when he triumphed over 593 opponents in the Wynn Poker Fall Classic Championship Main Event, netting himself $170,550.

Wynn Poker Fall Classic Championship Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Steve SungUnited States$170,550
2Joseph CheongUnited States$111,404
3Karen SarkisyanRussia$75,624
4Ryan YuCanada$53,082
5Deijanosch MahmoudianUnited States$39,324
6Tuan MaiUnited States$30,509
7Katie LindsayUnited States$24,286
8Ryan LaplanteUnited States$20,137
9Alfredo TorresUnited States$17,026

Some 594 entries of $1,600 each were processed in the Wynn Poker Fall Classic Championship Main Event and a prize pool of $864,270 was created, which smashed the $500,000 guarantee. The top 62 players received prize money. A min-cash weighed in at $3,665, a final table appearance boosted that sum to $17,026, and $170,550 was reserved for the eventual champion.

A host of top poker players navigated their way into the money. Ireland’s Rory Brown (60th for $3,665), Justin Young (54th for $3,665), Bryan Piccioli (53rd for $4,167), British pro Simon Deadman (47th for $4,167), Jeremy Ausmus (45th for $4,167), Jordon Cristos (34th for $5,453), and Samantha Cohen (22nd for $7,149) being just a handful of stellar names to show a return on their investment.

Star-Studded Wynn Fall Classic Final Table

The nine-handed final table was a star-studded affair although three of the big names were eliminated quite early on.

After Alfredo Torres busted in ninth-place, Ryan Laplante followed suit and was then joined on the rail by Katie Lindsay, wife of British legend Chris Moorman. Tuan Mai followed right after. Deihanosch Mahmoudian fell in fifth-place for a $39,324 score, which left a talented quartet of players to battle it out for the $170,550 top prize.

Canada’s Ryan Yu saw his tournament end in fourth-place, a finish worth $53,082, the fifth-largest live cash of his career. Yu was followed to the cashier’s desk by Russia’s Karen Sarkisyan who drew ever closer to $2 million in live cashes with this $75,624 haul.

Sarkisyan’s exit left Steve Sung and Joseph Cheong to play heads-up for the title. Cheong tweeted to his 30,400 Twitter followers that he was heads-up with Sung, but only had two million chips compared to Sung’s monster stack of 13 million.

Cheong sent another tweet 45-minutes later that simply said “Got 2nd. Congrats to steve.”

Steve Sung: $5.5 Million in Winnings

Sung, known as “muggylicious” when he played online poker regularly, now has more than $5.5 million in live poker tournament winnings, helped by securing two World Series of Poker bracelets.

In 2009, Sung won the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP in Las Vegas for $771,338 and locked up bracelet number two in 2013 when he topped the 175-strong field of the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event for a career-best $1,205,324, defeating Phil Galfond heads-up for the victory.

A rather barren spell was endured by Sung in 2015 and 2016 when he cashed for a total of $72,429, but a couple of six-figures score in 2017 got Sung back on track; he won $350,803 that year. Sung now has $333,919 in winnings during 2018.

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  • Sung defeated Cheong heads-up in the Wynn Poker Fall Classic Championship Main Event to win $170,550.

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