Kade Finishes Fourth and Sinishtaj Wins 2022 Wynn Millions
The Wynn has become a leader in Las Vegas tournament series. Its Wynn Classic series – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter – brings big guarantees and lots of tournament options four times each year.
Last year, the Wynn tried something a little different by hosting the Wynn Millions…with a $10M guarantee. It was a part of the Wynn Summer Classic. They hosted it at the time of the year that would normally – in pre-pandemic times – have seen poker players descend upon Las Vegas for the WSOP Main Event. With that scheduled for fall last year, the Wynn tried a $10M guarantee with a $10K buy-in. And it was a huge success. With 1,328 entries, the prize pool soared to $12,483,200. And in the end, after a three-way chop, Andrew Moreno won the trophy and $1,460,106.
This year, the Wynn did something a bit different. Instead of putting that tournament in a Wynn Classic, the poker room decided to give it its own series.
The 2022 Wynn Millions offered 20 tournaments from February 21 through March 20. Every event had a guarantee, putting the cumulative guarantee over $15M.
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Main Event Hits Guarantee Again
The Wynn Millions Main Event this year offered the $10M guarantee again. There were three starting days March 3-5. All players needed was $10K to buy-in.
Day 1A delivered just 199 entries, and Day 1B added 332 to the total. It was Day 1C that delivered 544 more entries to put the grand total at 1,075. And that lifted the prize pool over the guarantee to make it $10,105,000.
There were two Day 2 flights to handle the 315 survivors. Day 2AB thinned its field from 143 to 67, and Day 2C worked its 172-player field down to 87.
Getting to the Money
Day 3 brought the 154 players back to the Wynn tables, though only 116 would be securing a spot in the payout line. The minimum payout was $22,029.
Ultimately, Ali Imsirovic was the bubble-bubble player, out in 118th place, and Jake Schindler followed on the official bubble.
After a looong bubble we are in the money in $10M Wynn Millions Main Event! Everyone guaranteed $22k. Planning to spin it up and go for FT! Let’s go!!!🤞 pic.twitter.com/AlKzvSuBQY
— Sofia Lövgren (@Sofia_Lovgren) March 8, 2022
Payouts then began with names like Landon Tice, Gianluca Speranza, and Brent Roberts. Exits came quickly for a short time, but later in the evening, names like Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Jason Wheeler, and Ben Yu busted. JC Tran and Faraz Jaka followed, Nick Schulman, Jonathan Jaffe, and Johan Guilbert eliminated at the end of the night.
The final 54 returned the next day, with players like Jess Sylvia and Chino Rheem falling fairly fast. Later in the day, Chad Eveslage and Sam Soverel busted, each collecting $48,665. Daniel Buzgon departed, and Katie Lindsay and Shannon Shorr followed later in the evening. Returning champion Andrew Moreno departed in 23rd place for $71,657. And after Sofia Lovgren took 17th place for $94,272, the final 16 players bagged their chips.
Isaac Kempton led the two tables, but it was Alex Livingston who started strong by eliminating Debbie Lee and Shankar Pillai in one hand. Tony Tran took out Daniel Moran, and Vanessa Kade busted Ian Matakis. Livingston did another double by ousting Shaun Deeb and Sylvain Loosli in one hand. And Kade stepped back in to bust Thomas Boivin to end the day atop the leaderboard.
Nine to One
Kade started the final table with 10,355,000 chips, followed by Livingston and his 9M. Tran had 6,145,000, Tony Sinishtaj had 4.47M, and Kempton had 4,345,000. Michael Stembera had 3,835,000, Roland Shen 2,875,000, and Sean Perry had 1.7M. Neng Lee squeaked in with 300K.
Action started with Kade extending her lead with some of Livingston’s chips. Meanwhile, Sinishtaj sent Lee out in ninth, and Kempton bid adieu to Perry in eighth place. Stembera put Shen out in seventh, and Sinishtaj made Tran the sixth-place finisher and Stembera the fifth-place guy.
Kade led the final four but lost ground quickly. Sinishtaj gained momentum and finally put Kade and her diminishing stack to the test. Kade had pocket aces, but they didn’t beat Sinishtaj’s flush. Kade accepted fourth place and the largest live tournament score of her career.
Though I’m unhappy I didn’t find a fold the last hand, I played great at @WynnPoker for 6 days. Things are forever a work in progress, but I’m proud to be such a long way from where I was just a couple years ago in every aspect of poker and life.
— Vanessa Kade (@VanessaKade) March 13, 2022
The only other Canadian in action, Livingston, doubled through Sinishtaj to stay alive, but the two tangled again soon after. Sinishtaj and his A-K dominated the K-J of Livingston, and the latter took third place.
Stacks were even going into the final duel, but Sinishtaj continued to play strong. With a bit of a lead, Sinishtaj had pocket aces to the jacks of Kempton on a board of 6-7-7-6-K. Sinishtaj won the second Wynn Millions.
|March 3-11||$10K buy-in||Wynn Millions Main Event|
|Total prize pool:||$10,105,000||($100K GTD)|
|Final table results:||1st place:||Tony Sinishtaj (USA) $1,655,952|
|2nd place:||Isaac Kempton (USA) $1,093,314|
|3rd place:||Alex Livingston (Canada) $745,749|
|4th place:||Vanessa Kade (Canada) $527,481|
|5th place:||Michael Stembera (USA) $390,053|
|6th place:||Tony Tran (USA) $304,161|
|7th place:||Roland Shen (USA) $244,541|
|8th place:||Sean Perry (USA) $202,908|
|9th place:||Neng Lee (USA) $171,280|
Congratulations to Tony Sinishtaj, who now holds the Wynn Poker record for largest single event cash! Having surpassed Andrew Moreno’s 2021 victory of $1.4M, the new bar is now $1,655,952 pic.twitter.com/c3X8wlbm5I
— Wynn Poker Room (@WynnPoker) March 14, 2022
Tony Sinishtaj has been crowned the Champion of the 2022 Wynn Millions Main event! Sinishtaj defeated runner up Isaac Kempton & added more than $1.6 million to his lifetime earnings. A heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who played a role in the success of the 2022 Wynn Millions! pic.twitter.com/xctWFlo6oL
— Wynn Poker Room (@WynnPoker) March 12, 2022