The 2021 Wynn Summer Classic, which began on May 27 and ran through July 13, was comprised of more than 30 events that offered over $16 million in guarantees. That included the highly successful $10,000 buy-in, $10,000,000 GTD Wynn Millions won by Andrew Moreno for $1.4 million and the $1,600 buy-in, $1.5 million GTD Mystery Bounty won by Uri Reichenstein.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better Summer Classic, and I certainly didn’t anticipate the fanfare created by the one-two punch of the Wynn Millions and Mystery Bounty,” Wynn Director of Poker Operations Ryan Beauregard told PokerNews. “It was fun to showcase the Wynn poker brand to such a large audience, and I’m confident that the Wynn Millions has a bright future.”
Midway through the series, PokerNews brought you a recap highlighting side event wins by Jonathan Tamayo, Spencer Champlin, and Camille Brown. Now, we take a look at some of the winners in the closing half of the recently completed Wynn Summer Classic.
Chance Kornuth Wins $3,500 NLH for $353,891
The last big tournament of the 2021 Wynn Summer Classic was the $3,500 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which attracted 530 runners and offered up a $1,711,900 prize pool.
The top 53 players made the money including Tomas Soderstrom (10th – $29,787), Joey Weissman (12th – $25,593), Alex Rocha (14th – $22,135), Thomas Boivin (20th – $16,737), Kristen Bicknell (25th – $12,733), former Wynn Winter Classic champ Michael Rocco (27th – $12,733), Ryan Laplante (37th – $9,712), Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi (38th – $9,712), and Nate Silver (40th – $9,712).
The final table was a stacked affair that included Justin Saliba, who recently captured his first WSOP gold bracelet, WPT champ Bobby Oboodi, and reigning WPT Player of the Year Brian Altman. However, it was a familiar face coming out on top as poker pro Chance Kornuth, who back in June won the MSPT Venetian for $412,086, laid claim to the title and $353,891 first-place prize.
$3,500 NLH Final Table Results
|1||Chance Kornuth||Las Vegas, NV||$353,891|
|3||Martin Zamani||Boca Raton, FL||$155,995|
|4||Brian Altman||Boston, MA||$110,075|
|5||Bobby Oboodi||Morris Plains, NJ||$80,973|
|6||Kyle Carlston||Las Vegas, NV||$62,313|
|7||Justin Saliba||Las Vegas, NV||$49,987|
|8||Dylan DeStefano||Milford, CT||$41,428|
Benny Glaser Wins 3,000 PLO Event for $102K
While the Wynn Millions was nearing its end, the $3,000 buy-in, $100K GTD Pot-Limit Omaha event was playing out. That tournament attracted 146 runners and crushed the guarantee by offering up a $407,340 prize pool.
In the end, it was the UK’s Benny Glaser, a three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, who collected every chip in play to capture the first-place $70,641 payday.
$3K PLO Final Results
|2||Aaron Wallace||San Juan, CA||$72,705|
|3||Stephen Moreschi||Las Vegas, NV||$67,903|
|4||Adam Hendrix||Anchorage, AK||$31,773|
|5||Jordan Spurlin||Las Vegas, NV||$23,422|
|6||Jeremy Ausmus||Las Vegas, NV||$18,738|
|7||Giuseppe Iadisemia||Boynton Beach, FL||$15,479|
|8||James Lenaghan||Los Angeles, CA||$12,994|
|9||Brian Batt||Highland Park, IL||$11,137|
|12||Jonathan McGowan||San Diego, CA||$8,452|
|13||Zak Laikin||Las Vegas, NV||$8,452|
|14||Joseph Sanders||Las Vegas, NV||$7,487|
|15||Kenn Pluard||Happy Valley, OR||$7,487|
Allan Le a PLO Bounty Hunter
The $1,600 buy-in, Pot-Limit Omaha $500 Bounty tournament drew 123 entrants and offered up a $117,465 prize pool. The top 13 finishers got paid and among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Damjan Radanov (10th – $2,948), Ben Primus (11th – $2,948), Javier Zarco (12th – $2,572), and Ryan Tosoc (13th – $2,572).
A heads-up deal was struck and the tournament ultimately ended with Jesse Lonis finishing as runner-up for $28,159 while Allan Le of Huntington Beach, California took the trophy and $30,583 in prize money.
$1,600 PLO $500 Bounty Final Table Results
|1||Allan Le||Huntington Beach, CA||$30,583|
|2||Jesse Lonis||Medford, OR||$28,159|
|4||Jose “Nacho” Barbero||Argentina||$9,397|
|5||Chase Fujita||Las Vegas, NV||$6,930|
|6||Jeremy Kottler||Ojai, CA||$5,568|
|7||Jason Gooch||Vidor, TX||$4,675|
|8||Mark Liedtke||Las Vegas, NV||$3,964|
|9||Mark Wahba||Cleveland, OH||$3,406|
Simon Levy Closes Out Series
The 2021 Wynn Summer Classic ended with a $500 buy-in, $500K GTD No-Limit Hold’em event that drew 2,480 and more than doubled the guarantee by generating a $1,054,000 prize pool.
That was paid out to the top 269 finishers and among those to make deep run were Jared Jaffee (9th – $15,047), Ben Underwood (10th – $12,780), Terry Fleischer (20th – $6,994), Katrina Weaver (28th – $4,550), and Michael Lech (37th – $3,972).
The title came down to a pair of players from Washington, and in the end, it was Bellevue’s Simon Levy besting Seattle’s Matthew Jewett in the heads-up play to win the title and $92,147 first-place prize.
Wynn Closer $500 NLH Final Table Results
|1||Simon Levy||Bellevue, WA||$92,147|
|2||Matthew Jewett||Seattle, WA||$84,548|
|3||Joshua Frazer James||Canada||$80,481|
|4||Charles Sklar||Los Angeles, CA||$78,319|
|5||Paul Cogliano||Des Moines, IA||$59,528|
|6||Harley Copen||Los Angeles, CA||$26,052|
|7||Michael Lavin||Beverly, NJ||$21,655|
|8||Gregory Soroka||Pittsburgh, PA||$17,892|
|9||Jared Jaffee||Las Vegas, NV||$15,047|
Wynn Summer Classic Winners
|5/31/21||$1,100 NLH $1M GTD||1,720||$1,677,000||Jonathan Tamayo||Himble, TX||$237,935|
|5/31/21||$550 NLH $100 Bounty $50K GTD||247||$93,860||Andreas Ioakimides||Ballwin, MO||$23,719|
|6/2/21||$400 Limit Omaha 8/B $20K GTD||176||$60,720||Dean Joe||Austin, TX||$14,127|
|6/2/21||$600 NLH $150K GTD||743||$386,360||Spencer Champlin||Scarborough, ME||$70,641|
|6/4/21||$550 Seniors NLH $50K GTD||293||$140,640||John Merchant||League City, TX||$23,647|
|6/4/21||$550 HORSE $25K GTD||146||$70,080||John Hoang||Lav Vegas, NV||$14,839|
|6/5/21||$400 NLH $40K GTD||371||$127,995||Robert Houck||Midlothian, VA||$16,891|
|6/6/21||$400 NLH $40K GTD||376||$129,720||Olesya Koval||Las Vegas, NV||$14,986|
|6/6/21||$400 PLO $20K GTD||126||$43,470||Thomas Zanot||Las Vegas, NV||$13,686|
|6/9/21||$600 NLH $250K GTD||1,350||$702,000||Camille Brown||Riverside, CA||$49,901|
|6/11/21||$550 8-Game Mix $25K GTD||148||$71,040||Nicolas Milgrom||Las Vegas, NV||$21,065|
|6/11/21||$400 NLH $40K GTD||261||$90,045||Jeremy Felicetti||Niagara Falls, NY||$15,922|
|6/12/21||$400 NLH $40K GTD||256||$88,320||Christopher Smith||La Mesa, CA||$16,203|
|6/12/21||$300 NLH Ladies $20K GTD||93||$24,087||Judith Bielan||Del Ray Beach, FL||$6,274|
|6/13/21||$400 NLH $40K GTD||302||$104,190||George Janssen||Bad Axe, MI||$25,258|
|6/13/21||$1,600 PLO $500 Bounty $100K GTD||149||$142,295||Anonymous||N/A||$39,530|
|6/14/21||$400 NLH $40K GTD||284||$97,980||Ryan Roeder||Seattle, WA||$23,754|
|6/15/21||$400 NLH $40K GTD||252||$86,940||Kevin Theodore||Seattle, WA||$17,769|
|6/19/21||$1,600 NLH $1M GTD||1,312||$1,902,400||George Antonakos||Marina Del Ray, CA||$293,530|
|6/27/21||$10,000 Wynn Millions $10M GTD||1,328||$12,483,200||Andrew Moreno||Las Vegas, NV||$1,460,105|
|7/1/21||$3,000 PLO $100K GTD||146||$407,340||Benny Glaser||UK||$70,641|
|7/5/21||$1,600 Mystery Bounty||1,518||$1,442,100||Uri Reichenstein||Israel||$217,948|
|7/9/21||$1,600 PLO $500 Bounty||123||$117,465||Allan Le||Huntington Beach, CA||$30,583|
|7/10/21||$3,500 NLH $1M GTD||530||$1,711,900||Chance Kornuth||Las Vegas, NV||$353,891|
|7/13/21||$500 NLH $500K GTD||2,480||$1,054,000||Simon Levy||Bellevue, WA||$92,147|
*Images courtesy of Wynn.