Wynn Winter Classic Heats Up as ,300 Buy-In, M GTD Championship Approaches

Wynn Winter Classic Heats Up as $5,300 Buy-In, $2M GTD Championship Approaches

December 11, 2021
Chad Holloway

The World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamond World Poker Classic runs December 15-19, but it won’t be the only game in town. Just down the Las Vegas Strip, Wynn will also host the Championship Event in their 2021 Wynn Winter Classic.

The 10-event series kicked off on December 6 and will run for two weeks. On Monday, December 13 at 1 p.m. PT, Wynn will host their first-ever Progressive Bounty (PKO) tournament. Check out PokerNews’ article on PKO tournaments to learn how they work.

The series will culminate 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.


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

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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

Place Player Hometown/Nationality Prize
1 Dennis Wilke Germany $50,101
2 Po Ying Metuchen, New Hampshire $31,815
3 Gregory Kolo Westlake, OH $21,104
4 Hemal Mehta United Kingdom $15,463
5 Ryan Hughes Payson, AZ $11,403
6 Cy Williams El Macero, CA $8,782
7 Daniel Samson United Kingdom $7,035
8 Josh Manus Bristow, Oklahoma $5,831
9 Daniel Smiljkovic Germany $4,934

Spain’s David Perez Victorious in $400 NLH $40K GTD

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On December 8, the 2021 Wynn Winter Classic hosted a $400 buy-in, $40K GTD No-Limit Hold’em event. The tournament surpassed its guarantee as 140 runners created a $48,300 prize pool.

That was reserved for the top 15 finishers, and among those to cash but fall short of making the final table were Kevin El-Far (15th – $888), Jason Fitzpatrick (14th – $888), Jon Orlando (13th – $1,002), Kathleen Gale (12th – $1,002), David Peterson (11th – $1,145), and David Schaerf (10th – $1,145).

In the end, Spain’s David Perez defeated Ukraine’s Ruslan Rogozhyn in heads-up play to claim the title and $12,545 top prize.

Event #2 Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown/Nationality Prize
1 David Perez Spain $12,545
2 Ruslan Rogozhyn Ukraine $10,666
3 Mark Liedtke Menifee, California $5,506
4 Brett Fisher Flores New York, New York $3,767
5 David Gonzalez Las Vegas, NV $2,777
6 Abdul Alkayali Newport Beach, CA $2,222
7 Daegeon Shon Korea $1,835
8 Michael Dreese Newton, MA $1,541
9 Hung Tso Hong Kong $1,321

Wynn Millions Returning in March

One of the most celebrated events of 2021 was the summer’s $10,000 buy-in Wynn Millions, which boasted a massive $10,000,000 guarantee. That tournament drew 1,328 entries and saw Andrew Moreno emerge victorious after a three-way deal in which a trio of poker millionaires was minted.

Players and fans can look forward to a second installment of the Wynn Millions with the 2022 edition slated to take place in March. Further details are expected to be released in the near future.

Wynn Millions

*Images courses of Wynn Poker.


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