This week’s poker news focuses in on a number of poker tournaments that took place in Las Vegas this past week. We’ll start at the Wynn where their Spring Classic delivered some huge paydays.s
McKeehen Claims Victory At Wynn Spring Classic $10,500 High Roller
Joseph McKeehen’s bank account is now six-figures richer after he took home the Wynn Spring Classic $10,500 High Roller. He’s had a good little run of late as he finished second at the 2021 World Poker Tour Venetian $5,000 just two days earlier. Good thing he stuck around in Las Vegas for a few more days.
At the Wynn event, McKeehen had to wade his way through 83 entries to take home the $224,100 prize. He’s no stranger to winning as this was his 21st career title. He’s now picked up more than $17 million in poker career winnings.
Joo Hyun Wins Wynn $3,500 Championship
Sticking with the Wynn Spring Classic, another big winner from this past week was Sung Joo Hyun. The South Korean edged a field of 614 entries in the 2021 Wynn Spring Classic $3,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em championship event to win the $323,409 prize.
There was a total of 614 players in the field who got in through two flights. As a result, the prize pool bubbled up to $1,985,676, which nearly doubled the $1 million in guarantees. That left the top 63 players to finish in the money.
34 players were left on the final day but it was Joo Hyun who outlasted them all. Matthias Auer was in second and he took home $323,408. Third place went to Will Failla, who won $173,240, fourth place went to Eric Afriat, who collected $121,450 and rounding out the top five was Matthew Wantman, who lured in a nice $89,842 check.
Several Big Winners From The ARIA High Rollers Event
Sticking with the Las Vegas theme, there was plenty of activity in the Aria as they ran four high-stakes poker events this past week. Over $2.4 million in prizes were awarded and four big winners stood out from the crowd.
Sergi Reixas won the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, which saw a total of 32 entries. That $320,000 prize pool was split up among the top five with Reixach taking home $108,120.
A separate $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event saw Barry claim the victory. He was one of 39 players to enter and he ended up with a nice $140,000 payday. The World Series Of Poker bracelet winner had to edge out Mario Mosbock in head’s up play. Mosbock came up short but still won $93,600.
A third $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament saw the biggest field of the week with 53 entries in the mix. Four-time WPT main event champ Darren Elias get the win. He picked up $169,600, which pushed his career winnings well over $8.3 million.
Lastly, Sean Winter picked up the win at the $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. 48 players joined the field, which produced a prize pool of $1.2 million. Winter survived the field to win $408,000, which he’ll add to his over $15 million in career winnings.