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Boris Kolev Wins Wynn Winter Classic PKO Bounty; Madsen & Hughes Claim Side Titles

Wynn Winter Classic

The 2021 Wynn Winter Classic is nearing the conclusion of its two-week 10-event series, which kicked off on December 6.

The series culminates with the $5,300 buy-in, $2,000,000 GTD Championship from December 17-20. There will be two starting flights starting with Day 1a at Noon on Friday, December 17 with Day 1b taking place at the same time on Saturday, December 18. The surviving players from each flight will then return at Noon on Sunday, December 19 for Day 2 action. It’s at that point PokerNews will pick up live updates onward to the Day 3 finale, which will play out on Monday, December 20.

Leading up to the Championship, there were several big side events as highlighted below.

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Successful Live PKO Tournament

Boris Kolev
Boris Kolev

On December 13, one of the most highly-anticipated tournaments of the 2021 Wynn Winter Classic took place in the $5,200 Progressive PKO Bounty, a format usually reserved for online play but brought to the live realm by Ryan Beauregard and his team.

The tournament featured a $250,000 guarantee and crushed it by drawing 154 entries and creating a $452,760 prize pool, which was split between the regular and bounty pools.

The top 17 players finished in the money, and some of those to cash but fall short of the final table were Romain Lewis (15th - $8,014), Shannon Shorr (13th - $9,055), and final table bubble boy Chance Kornuth (10th - $10,323), just to name a few.

The final table was an international affair, and the tournament concluded when Bulgaria's Boris Kolev defeated Germany's Daniel Smiljkovic in heads-up play to win a $131,548 top prize plus $88,000 in bounties.

$5,200 PKO Bounty Final Table Results

1Boris KolevBulgaria$131,548
2Daniel SmiljkovicGermany$78,554
3Sung Joo HyunKorea$50,347
4Ryan LaplanteLas Vegas, Nevada$34,718
5Felipe RamosAustira$25,717
6Tobias SchwehtAustria$20,329
7Kristen BicknellCanada$16,621
8Elijah BergNewton, Massachusetts$13,900
9Michael RoccoTustin, California$11,908

Curt Kohlberg Wins $400 Seniors NLH (50+)

Curt Kohlberg
Curt Kohlberg

On December 13, the $400 Seniors NLH (50+) $40K GTD took place and saw 245 entrants more than double the guarantee by creating an $84,525 prize pool.

That was paid out amongst the top 27 finishers including 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).

In the end, it was poker pro Curt Kohlberg besting Alan Schottenfeld in heads-up play to claim the title and $21,361 first-place prize.

$400 Seniors NLH (50+) Final Table Results

1Curt KohlbergBoston, Massachusetts$21,361
2Alan SchottenfeldLas Vegas, Nevada$13,186
3Linoa IwaniakEngland$8,664
4Stephen StolzmanLas Vegas, Nevada$6,001
5Keith FournierLas Vegas, Nevada$4,421
6Stacy AmbroseManteo, North Carolina$3,406
8Rodney HurlbulDenver, Colorado$2,274
9Denis BilodeauOrange County, California$1,936

Jeff Madsen Wins $400 Limit Omaha 8/B

Jeff Madsen
Jeff Madsen

On December 14, the Wynn Winter Classic invited players to compete in the $400 Limit Omaha 8/B, a tournament that attracted 103 runners and offered up a $35,535 prize pool.

That was paid out to the top 11 finishers, meaning two players cashed but fell short of the final table. They were Joshua Rhodes and Andrew Donabedian, who each took home $959 for finishing in 11th and 10th place respectively.

2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event fourth-place finisher Garry Gates was at the final table, ultimately finishing in eighth place for $1,222.

With three players remaining, a deal was struck that saw poker veteran "Miami" John Cernuto take third for $5,700, Michael Parizen second for $8,543, and four-time bracelet winner and 2006 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen claim the title and $8,678 in prize money.

$400 Limit Omaha 8/B Final Table Results

1Jeff MadsenLas Vegas, Nevada$8,678*
2Michael ParizenFarmington, Michigan$8,543*
3"Miami" John CernutoLas Vegas, Nevada$5,700*
4Shady BadranMurray, Utah$2,978
5William WallaceSalinas, California$2,221
6Moritz HopfnerLas Vegas, Nevada$1,763
7David LolisSugarland, Texas$1,446
8Garry GatesLas Vegas, Nevada$1,222
9Andrew KerstineHenderson, Nevada$1,066

*Denotes three-handed deal.

Ryan Hughes Wins $400 NLH $40K GTD

Ryan Hughes
Ryan Hughes

On December 14, the Wynn Winter Classic $400 NLH $40K GTD event took place. The tournament drew 179 runners and offered up a $61,755 prize pool to the top 20 finishers.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table was Darryll Shock (19th - $858), Randy Purdy (15th - $1,061), and final table bubble girl Carol Harmon (10th - $1,366).

The tournament came to an end when Ryan Hughes defeated Zachary Vuong in heads-up play to claim the title, trophy, and top prize of $17,080.

$400 NLH $40K GTD Final Table Results

1Ryan HughesPayson, Arizona$17,080
2Zachary VuongHouston, Texas$10,258
3Haribhai GopaulCorpus Christi, Texas$6,614
4Jeff ScuzinskiLas Vegas, Nevada$4,533
5Alan GoulderCliafrin Falls, Ohio$3,38
6Sara CholhagianLas Vegas, Nevada$2,640
7John HanNogales, Arizona$2,163
8Randy DangLa Grande Park, Illinois$1,834
9Anh NguyenCanada$1,575

Dorian Rius Pavon Wins $1,100 NLH for $110,172

Dorian Rios Pavon
Dorian Rius Pavon

From December 9-12, the Wynn Winter Classic hosted a $1,100 buy-in, $500K GTD No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which attracted 743 entries and offered up a $724,425 prize pool.

That was paid out to the top 80 finishers including Martins Adeniya (73rd - $2,380), Eric Baldwin (53rd - $3,334), Matt Affleck (37th - $3,791), Asher Conniff (35th - $4,321), Kathy Liebert (24th - $4,935), Ryan Laplante (18th - $6,470), Chip Jett (13th - $9,839), and final table bubble boy Ryan Smith (10th - $11,463).

After a four-handed deal was made, it was ultimately Dorian Rius Pavon claiming the title and $110,172 in prize money.

$1,100 NLH $500K GTD Final Table Results

1Dorian Rius PavonHenderson, Nevada$110,172*
2Sean BanahanLas Vegas, Nevada$80,000*
3Damjan RadanovMemphis, Tennessee$65,000*
4Ikechuk WunlemchiHouston, Texas$65,000*
5Tomas SoderstromSweden$30,861
6Joseph FiskKingman, Arizona$23,906
7Miltiadis KyruakidesAustria$19,197
8Antoine LabatFrance$15,937
9Joseph PflugerHenderson, Nevada$13,440

*Denotes four-handed deal.

Linda Lesterson Wins $400 NLH $40K GTD

Linda Lesterson
Linda Lesterson

On December 15, the Wynn Winter Classic held another $400 NLH $40K GTD tournament, which drew 172 entrants and awarded a $59,340 prize pool to the top 20 finishers.

Among those to play their way to a payday was Troy Parkins (18th - $824), Solange Lucas (16th - $911), Marty Gorenc (13th - $1,151), Barrett Nunley (9th - $1,513), Satish Surapaneni (6th - $2,537), and Jonathan Russell (4th - $4,356).

After Timothy Anders bowed out in third place for $6,355, the title came down to Alaska's Bradley Bylsma and Arizona's Linda Lesterson. The latter ultimately prevailed to claim the title and $16,416 first-place prize.

$400 NLH Final Table Results

1Linda LestersonScottsdale, Arizona$16,416
2Bradley BylsmaAnchorage, Alaska$9,856
3Timothy AndersLas Vegas, Nevada$6,355
4Jonathan RussellLos Angeles, California$4,356
5Randy JonesGilbert, Arizona$3,207
6Satish SurapaneniClifton, New Jersey$2,537
7Alfred AtamianMission, Texas$2,078
8Randy DangLa Grange Park, Illinois$1,762
9Barrett NunleyTulare, California$1,513

2021 Wynn Winter Classic Winners Thus Far…

DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrize
12/6-12/8$600 NLH $150K GTD454$236,080Dennis WilkeGermany$50,101
8-Dec$400 NLH $40K GTD140$48,300David PerezSpain$12,545
13-Dec$400 Seniors NLH (50+)245$84,525Curt KohlbergUSA$21,361
13-Dec$5,200 PKO Bounty154$452,760Boris KolevBulgaria$131,548
14-Dec$400 NLH $40K GTD179$61,755Ryan HughesUSA$17,080
14-Dec$400 Limit Omaha 8/B103$35,535Jeff MadsenUSA$8,678
15-Dec$400 NLH $40K GTD172$59,340Linda LestersonUSA$16,416
12/9 - 12/12$1,100 NLH $500K GTD743$724,425Dorian Rius PavonUSA$110,172

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*Images courtesy of Wynn Poker.

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