Day 1c Completed
Day 1c Completed
The highly-anticipated $10,000 buy-in, $10,000,000 GTD Wynn Millions continued on Sunday with the third and final starting flight. Day 1c 676 runners, which along with Day 1a’s 263 and 1b’s 389 brought the total field up to 1,328 entries.
That easily surpassed the seven-figure guarantee by creating a $12,483,200 prize pool. The top 134 finishers will get a piece of it with a min-cash being worth $25,091 while the eventual winner will walk away with a $2,018,866 first-place prize. They won’t be the only Wynn Millionaire though as the runner-up will receive $1,248,886.
After 10 levels of play, 246 players remained including five Poker Hall of Famers in John Hennigan (120,000), Jack McClelland (99,500), Daniel Negreanu (77,500), Erik Seidel (8,000), and Johnny Chan (36,500).
Among those to bag big stacks on Day 1c were Joseph Zona (347,000), Andrew Heckman (334,500), Orson Young (326,000), and Frank Funaro (313,000). They were joined by players like Matas Cimbolas (235,000), Anthony Zinno (169,000), Maria Konnikova (88,500), and Maria Ho (86,500).
Heckman got a big chunk of his chips in the penultimate level of the night when the player under the gun opened for 2,700 and found three callers, which included Heckman from the cutoff. The player in the big blind three-bet jammed. Only Heckman called and the two players tabled their hands.
It was a classic race with Heckman looking to stay in the lead and he did after the board ran out.
Among those to fall on Day 1c were Phil Laak, Nipun Java, Jean-Robert Bellande, Ben Keeline, Ben Farrell, Nick Rigby, and Chad Alberti, who had won his way into the tournament for $200 via the Wynn Steps satellites.
The surviving players from Day 1c will return Tuesday at Noon local time on Tuesday. In the meantime, Day 2ab will play out at Noon on Monday.
Here's a look at what awaits the final table on Day 6:
Wynn Millions Final Table Payouts
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A full list of chip counts along with the Day 2c seat draw will be posted when they become available in the morning.
The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1c. Stay tuned for some chip counts and well as a recap of the day's action.
Greg Himmelbrand got his last 17,000 all in preflop and showed down the weapons of mass destruction.
Himmelbrand was a heavy favorite and he held when the board ran out a clean .
Craig Varnell open-jammed for 24,500 from early position and action folded around to the player in the small blind who called.
Varnell was ahead with his made hand of nines and luckily for him, the runout kept his tournament hopes alive.
Action folded around to Amit Makhija in the small blind and he just limped. Ben Farrell then moved all in for 38,000 from the big and Makhija snapped him off.
Makhija got tricky with his big pocket pair and Farrell was in dire straits. Unfortunately for the many originally from the UK, the board ran out and his Wynn Millions experience came to an end.
Action on the table quickly folded to the player in the cutoff who raised all in for 16,000 and Andrew Moreno called from the small blind.
Moreno was dominated but he had luck on his side as the flop fell giving him trips. Things got better for Moreno as the case dropped on the turn leaving his opponent drawing dead to the river.
Chad Alberti, who qualified for this tournament by first winning a $200 qualifier into an $1,100 and then winning that, was down to his last 8,000 when he managed to get it all in preflop.
Alberti was in a great spot to double, though the flop did give his opponent a gutshot straight draw. The turn was of no consequence but the river was as Alberti's opponent made the said straight.
Unfortunately for Alberti and his supporters in the Poker 4 Breakfast Facebook group, his run in the Wynn Millions came to an end in the last level of Day 1c.
Action on the table folded around to the player in the cutoff who raised to 3,500 before calling Ben Keeline's 25,000 three-bet jam from the small blind.
Keeline was in rough shape and didn't find any help on the runout.