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$5,300 Wynn Winter Classic Main Event
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Event Info

Buy-in $5,300
Prize Pool $3,306,240
Players 672

Level Info

Level 32
Blinds 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 300,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 24

Highlights

Highlights

$5,300 Wynn Winter Classic Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Eli Berg Comes Back to Win $5,300 Wynn Winter Classic Championship ($626,499)

MattHansen • Level 32: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Eli Berg with his son Ezra.
Eli Berg with his son Ezra.

Eli Berg of Newton, Massachusetts fought back from the felt to defeat Mark Ioli in heads-up play to win the $5,300 Championship at the 2021 Wynn Winter Classic.

The flagship event of the last Wynn Classic of the year drew 672 runners and generated a prize pool of $3,306,240, crushing the $2,000,000 guarantee. With the victory, Berg takes home $626,499, the coveted Wynn Trophy, and his first major tournament victory. The top prize brings his total career earnings to $1,354,084 according to The Hendon Mob.

2021 Wynn Winter Classic Championship Final Table Results

PlaceNameHometown/NationalityPrize
1Eli BergNewton, Massachusetts$626,499
2Mark IoliBayside, New York$410,599
3Shannon ShorrLas Vegas, Nevada$278,749
4Joseph CheongLas Vegas, Nevada$196,391
5Chris FrankGermany$145,144
6Garrett GreerSanta Monica, California$112,412
7Max LehmanskiGermany$90,274
8Zachary McDiarmidLas Vegas, Nevada$74,853
9Z SteinWashington, D.C.$63,024

Winner's Reaction

“It’s unbelievable,” Berg said in a post-win interview with PokerNews. “It’s great. I am very fortunate to run well here with the big crowd and beautiful venue. I feel very lucky.”

Berg bounced back from a set-over-set hand during three-handed play that nearly ended his evening.

“You know, only have so long to live in a tournament. Things are going to go up and down, and at some point you’re going to try to run well and see what happens.

I was lucky to get it in good, and you need that to win a tournament like this. That’s the way I bounced back. The cards bounced back for me.”

Berg’s son Ezra was on the rail and it made the win that much more special for the father-son duo.

“It’s most special. It couldn’t be any better. This is the pinnacle for me.”

Final Table Recap

Final Table
2021 Wynn Winter Classic Final Table

The last major Wynn tournament of the year drew a star-studded field of professionals and local regulars. Players that fell short of the final table on Day 3 included Victoria Livschitz (24th - $23,136), Tim Reilly (22nd - $26,491), Cherie Wallace (20th - $30,332), Mitchell Halverson (17th - $34,881), Romain Lewis (16th - $34,881), Katie Lindsay (15th - $40,114), and Boris Kolev (12th - $46,131).

The two final tables broke into one just before dinner break, and when the players returned it saw its first elimination when Z Stein hit the rail in ninth place. Stein shoved with a flopped pair of sevens, but Zachary McDiarmid called and caught up with a flush on the river.

It was more than an hour before the next elimination, when McDiarmid shoved with pocket kings, but Chris Frank had already made a flush on the turn. The river was a blank and McDiarmid was out in seventh place. Max Lehmanski followed right behind in sixth place a few moments later when his ace-queen ran into the ace-king of Berg.

Garrett Greer clashed with Ioli but came up short when he flopped a set of eights while Ioli’s pocket nines made a straight on the turn to leave the former with crumbs. A few hands later, Ioli eliminated Greer in sixth place.

Next to find the payout window was Frank, who shoved jack-ten into the pocket aces of Shannon Shorr. Moments later, Joseph Cheong got it in with king-queen, but Ioli had ace-king and the board ran out clean.

Ioli gained momentum in three-handed play when he flopped a better set than Berg and doubled into a big lead. Berg then attempted to double through Shorr and was successful when he made three jacks on the flop. Shorr was eliminated in third place a few hands later.

Heads-up play started and Ioli had almost a 2:1 advantage over Berg, but it was erased within a short time when Berg doubled up twice to take the lead. Both players settled in and the grind continued for well over two hours, before Berg finally broke through when he called Ioli’s ace-ten shove with ace-jack. The board ran out with a pair of jacks for Berg and he claimed his first tournament victory.

Mark Ioli
Runner-up Mark Ioli

2021 Wynn Winter Classic Winners

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
12/17 - 12/20$5,300 Championship $2M GTD672$3,306,240Eli BergUSA$626,499
19-Dec$1,600 NLH $500 Bounty $150K GTD112$168,560Michael WangUSA$33,676

Congratulations to Eli Berg on winning the 2021 Wynn Winter Classic Championship. Be sure to join the PokerNews live reporting team again soon for coverage of all of your favorite live poker events.

Tags: Boris KolevCherie WallaceChris FrankEli BergGarrett GreerJoseph CheongKatie LindsayMark IoliMax LehmanskiMitchell HalversonRomain LewisShannon ShorrTim ReillyVictoria LivschitzZ SteinZachary McDiarmid

Mark Ioli Eliminated in 2nd Place ($410,599)

MattHansen • Level 32: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Mark Ioli
Mark Ioli

Eli Berg raised to 700,000 and Mark Ioli got it all in for around 10,000,000. Berg called instantly.

Mark Ioli: {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Eli Berg: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}

The board ran out {10-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Berg's pair of tens were good enough to beat Ioli and claim the championship. Ioli finishes in second place for $410,599.

Eli Berg us
Eli Berg
us 26,900,000 12,400,000
Mark Ioli us
Mark Ioli
us Busted

Tags: Eli BergMark Ioli

Level:
32
Blinds:
150,000/300,000
Ante:
300,000

Ioli Takes One

MattHansen • Level 31: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Eli Berg raised to 600,000 and Mark Ioli called.

The flop was {5-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{2-Spades} and both players checked. The turn was {8-Hearts}.

Ioli bet 400,000 on the turn and Berg called. The river was {4-Spades}.

Ioli fired 600,000 on the river and turned over {a-Spades}{3-Hearts} when Berg called. Berg mucked the losing hand and Ioli picked up the pot.

Eli Berg us
Eli Berg
us 15,500,000 -100,000
Mark Ioli us
Mark Ioli
us 11,400,000 100,000

Tags: Eli BergMark Ioli

Berg's Trips are Good

BrandonBloom • Level 31: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Eli Berg raised to 600,000 in the small blind and Mark Ioli called in the big blind.

The {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop saw Ioli check-call a 350,000 bet.

On the {q-Clubs} turn, Ioli check-called for 1,400,000.

The {9-Hearts} completed the board and it took a couple minutes for the players to make a river decision, but eventually they both checked.

Berg showed {a-Clubs}{10-Spades} which was good to take the pot against Ioli's {a-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

Eli Berg us
Eli Berg
us 15,600,000 2,400,000
Mark Ioli us
Mark Ioli
us 11,300,000 -2,400,000

Dennis Wilke Kicks Off 2021 Wynn Winter Open w/ Victory in $600 NLH $150K GTD

MattHansen • Level 31: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Dennis Wilke
Dennis Wilke

The 2021 Wynn Winter Classic kicked off with a $600 buy-in, $150K GTD No-Limit Hold'em event from December 6-8. The tournament attracted 454 entries and generated a $236,080 prize pool.

That was paid out to the top 49 finishers including Chip Jett (47th - $1,245), Carlos Loving (38th - $1,395), David Larson (37th - $1,395), Aram Zobian (31st - $1,592), Ryan Laplante (23rd - $2,085), Josh Attkisson (19th - $2,387), Bobby Poe (15th - $3,140), and final table bubble boy Vito Geruzzi (10th - $4,204).

At the final table, it was Germany's Dennis Wilke defeating Po Ying in heads-up play to win the title and $50,101 first-place prize. Ying received $31,815 for finishing as runner-up.

Event #1 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometown/NationalityPrize
1Dennis WilkeGermany$50,101
2Po YingMetuchen, New Hampshire$31,815
3Gregory KoloWestlake, OH$21,104
4Hemal MehtaUnited Kingdom$15,463
5Ryan HughesPayson, AZ$11,403
6Cy WilliamsEl Macero, CA$8,782
7Daniel SamsonUnited Kingdom$7,035
8Josh ManusBristow, Oklahoma$5,831
9Daniel SmiljkovicGermany$4,934

Berg Holds to Double

BrandonBloom • Level 31: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Mark Ioli jammed in the small blind and Eli Berg called for his 4,025,000 chips.

Eli Berg: {k-Spades}{7-Spades}
Mark Ioli: {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

The {j-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs} gave Ioli a lot more outs with a straight draw and a flush draw, but perhaps he had too many outs, as the {q-Spades} turn and {4-Spades} river changed absolutely nothing, sending the pot to Berg with his king-high.

Mark Ioli us
Mark Ioli
us 18,600,000 -3,700,000
Eli Berg us
Eli Berg
us 8,300,000 3,700,000