Peters, Linde, & Andrews Claim Late WPT Wynn Side Events; Cirillo Wins Mystery Bounty

WPT World Championship Wynn Las Vegas

The $10,400 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas proved to be a tremendous success as Eliot Hudon beat out 2,960 entrants to win the tournament for $4.1 million.

The festival offered more than $22 million in guaranteed prize pools being offered across 23 events, and that number was blown out of the water thanks to a massive turnout. Here are some of the headlines to come out of the series

Among those to win side event titles were Ethan “Rampage” Yau ($25K High Roller for $894,240), Calen “Big Wheel” McNeil ($600 Limit Omaha 8/B for $21,305), Sergio Grosso ($1,100 Seniors NLH for $130,806), Lawrence Berg ($600 PLO Turbo for $46,307), and Christopher Puetz ($1,600 NLH Bounty Turbo for $79,576).

We already offered a recap from early in the series – which included titles for Allen Kessler, Esther Taylor, and Sean Banahan – and we thought we’d kick off the New Year with a quick look back at those who captured titles in the closing days of the WPT World Championship.

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Italy’s Federico Cirillo Victorious in $1,600 Mystery Bounty

Federico Cirillo
Federico Cirillo

From December 16-19, the $1,600 buy-in, $2M GTD Mystery Bounty attracted 3,715 runners over the course of three starting flights. That more than doubled the guarantee by creating a $5,386,750 prize pool. We already reported on the big $250,000 winners (congrats Dave McGowan), as well as Ren Lin winning $150,000 thanks to back-to-back envelope pulls. Read more about that here.

Here are some highlights from the bounty draws:

In regards to the regular prize pool, the top 404 players that returned for Day 2 were all in the money. Some familiar names to make deep runs were Jeff Madsen (11th - $41,425), Mark Seif (20th - $20,875), Daniele Nestola (21st - $17,075), Ren Lin (33rd - $11,775), William Lahti (41st - $9,900), and Greg Himmelbrand (46th - $8,415).

The top six finishers all earned six-figure paydays, and after a long Day 2, it was Italy’s Federico Cirillo finishing as the last player standing to claim a $482,852 top prize in addition to various bounties he collected throughout the day.

$1,600 Mystery Bounty Final Table Results

1Federico CirilloItaly$482,852
2Aditya SystlaIndia$323,688
3Daniel MichaelsLos Angeles, CA$251,987
4Dave McGowanChicago, IL$181,617
5Shawn BuchananCanada$142,980
6Ryan SmithCanada$111,535
7Ivan EmanuelyFrance$85,833
8Gabriel AbusadaTomball, TX$66,674
9Ryan BrownEllicott City, MD$52,169

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David Peters Bests Farid Jattin to Win $5,200 Progressive Bounty

David Peters
David Peters

Back on December 17, the $5,200 buy-in, $250K GTD NLH Progressive Bounty saw 181 runners generate a $532,140 prize pool. That was paid out to the top 20 finishers, and some familiar names to cash but fall short of the final table were Igor Yaroshevskyy (11th - $11,711), Uri Reichenstein (15th - $9,142), Nick Schulman (17th - $8,168), and Elio Fox (18th - $7,391).

The final table was a stacked affair, so it was no surprise to see the title come down to two top-notch poker pros. Ultimately, it was David Peters defeating Farid Jattin in heads-up play to win the tournament for $147,916.

$5,200 PKO NLH Final Table Results

1David PetersLas Vegas, NV$147,916
2Farid JattinMiami, FL$88,388
3Jakob MiegerAustria$56,992
4Jim CollopyLas Vegas, NV$39,059
5Ryan RiessLas Vegas, NV$28,762
6Taylor WilsonWheeling, WV$22,749
7Shannon ShorrLas Vegas, NV$18,636
8Yong WangChina$15,805
9Adam HendrixAnchorage, AK$13,570

Dylan Linde Wins High Roller

Dylan Linde
Dylan Linde

On December 18, the $10,500 NLH High Roller had 144 entrants create a $1,440,000 prize pool, which was reserved for the top 15 finishers. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Justin Bonomo (11th - $34,128), Ryan Leng (13th - $29,880), and Patrick Bruel (14th - $26,467).

The final table was an international affair, though eventually it came down to two US-based pros in Dylan Linde and Cherish Andrews. The former, usually known as a Mixed Games player, wound up the victor and claimed a $434,304 first-place prize, the second-largest score of his career behind only the $1,631,468 he won for taking down the 2018 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

$10,500 High Roller Final Table Results

1Dylan LindeLas Vegas, NV$434,304
2Cherish AndrewsChambersburgh, PA$259,200
3Corel TheumaMalta$164,160
4Timo KamphuesAustria$112,320
5Pavel PlusevCzech Republic$82,800
6Jakob MiegelAustria$66,240
7Aram OganyanArmenia$54,720
8Vikenty ShegalLas Vegas, NV$45,936
9Nadya MagnusBoca Raton, FL$39,370

Cherish Andrews Finds Redemption; Has Strong Series

Speaking of Cherish Andrews, she didn’t have to wait long for redemption. The following day on December 19, the $1,100 buy-in, $200K GTD No-Limit Hold’em event attracted 736 entries and offered up a $721,280 prize pool.

The top 80 finishers got paid including Angela Jordison (13th - $9,797), Stan Jablonski (17th - $7,408), Dylan Collingwood (30th - $4,302), Josh Reichard (36th - $3,774), Rex Clinkscales (47th - $3,319), and Daniel Weinman (60th - $2,932).

Andrews, who the day before finished second in the High Roller for a career-high $259,200, this time found her way to the winner’s circle claiming the trophy and $131,912 top prize by defeating MSPT Hall of Famer Rob Wazwaz in heads-up play.

It proved a profitable WPT World Championship for Andrews, who in addition to the two big back-to-back scores, also won $78,045 three days prior thanks to a sixth-place finish in the $3,000 NLH tournament. All told, she won $469,157 over the course of five days!

$1,100 NLH Final Table Results

1Cherish AndrewsChambersburgh, PA$131,912
2Rob WazwazSt. Paul, MN$86,482
3Jeremy KottlerOjai, CA$58,784
4Mike GaoRoslyn, NY$41,618
5Conrad SimpsonWilmington, NC$30,727
6Daniel SongLos Angeles, CA$23,802
7Spencer ChamplinLas Vegas, NV$19,114
8Michael SandlerOrange, NJ$15,868
9Seungmook JungKorea$13,382

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WPT Wynn Side Event Winners

WPT Wynn side event winners
*DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerHometown/CountryPrize*    
12/5/22$600 HORSE $50K GTD261$134,415Rafael ConcepcionLas Vegas, NV$23,377    
12/4/22$600 NLH $50K GTD310$161,200Constantinos PsalidasCanada$27,179    
Dec. 1-4, 2022$600 NLH $500K GTD2,999$1,559,480Sean BanahanTwin Falls, ID$136,220    
12/6/22$600 Limit Omaha 8/B $50K GTD269$138,535Calen McNeilLos Angeles, CA$21,305    
12/7/22$600 5-Card PLO $50K GTD297$154,440Eric HayesMoorestown, NJ$30,423    
Dec. 5-7, 2022$600 NLH $200K GTD1,243$646,360Gerard MorrellCastle Rock, CO$101,415    
Dec. 7-8, 2022$1,100 Seniors NLH $200K GTD708$690,300Sergio GrossoToronto, CA$130,806    
12/8/22$3,000 8-Game Mix $200K GTD131$360,250Esther TaylorPennsylvania$100,000    
12/9/22$600 PLO Turbo $50K GTD407$211,640Lawrence BergLas Vegas, NV$46,307    
Dec. 12-23, 2022$1,100 HORSE Championship $100K GTD272$263,840Tyler WillseHillsboro, OR$63,967    
Dec. 13-14, 2022$1,100 Limit Omaha 8B Championship $100K GTD228$221,160Allen KesslerLas Vegas, NV$52,104    
12/14/22$1,600 NLH $500 Bounty Turbo $100L GTD368$351,440Christopher PuetzAustria$79,576    
Dec. 15-16, 2022$3,000 NLH $500K GTD907$2,494,250Peter CrossLos Angeles, CA$429,406    
12/16/22$3,000 NLH 6-Max391$1,075,250Rodney TorvinCairo, GA$234,868    
12/17/22$5,200 NLH Progressive Bounty $250K GTD181$532,140David PetersLas Vegas, NV$147,916    
12/18/22$10,500 NLH High Roller144$1,440,000Dylan LindeLas Vegas, NV$434,304    
Dec. 16-18, 2022$1,100 WPT Ladies Championship578$560,660Lin-Yuen NiuCanada$105,136    
12/19/22$600 Tag Team Bomb Pot $50K GTD119$61,880Nikita Kalinin & Giorgi SknulurhiiaRussia$19,484    
12/19/22$1,100 NLH $200K GTD736$721,280Cherish AndrewsSt. Thomas, PA$131,912    
Dec. 16-19, 2022$1,600 Mystery Bounty $2M GTD3,715$5,386,750Federico CirilloItaly$482,852    
Dec. 8-19, 2022$1,100 WPT Prime Championship $2M GTD5,430$5,267,100Stephen SongGreenwich, CT$712,650    
Dec. 12-20, 2022$10,400 WPT World Championship $15M GTD2,960$29,008,000Eliot HudonCanada$4,146,400    

Did You Know the World Poker Tour is Online?


The launch of WPT Global means that poker players around the world now have the chance to win their way to WPT events, win prizes and enjoy exciting games such as Poker Flips. As one of the world's largest cash game poker networks, WPT Global is available in over 50 countries and territories around the world.

WPT Global offers a large deposit match bonus: 100% on deposits up to $1,200 (using any payment method). New players depositing a minimum of $20 automatically receive this match bonus which is unlocked in $5 increments (credited straight to the cashier) for every $20 of rake contribution.

Both tournaments and cash games count towards bonus unlocking; new players have 90 days from the date of first deposit to unlock and claim their full bonus amount.

*Images courtesy of WPT and Wynn.

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