The 2022 Wynn Millions Main Event concluded over the weekend with Tony Sinishtaj being crowned as the winner. The New York resident outclassed Isaac Kempton heads-up to secure the title and walk away with the Wynn golden trophy and $1,655,952 in top prize.
The $10,000 buy-in tournament attracted a huge field of 1,075 entries across three starting flights. Some of the world’s best poker players, such as Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Dan Smith, Jason Koon, and Alex Foxen also took a shot but fell on the wayside. Andrew Moreno, who won the inaugural event in 2021, attempted to defend his title but ended up finishing 23rd for $71,657, still a good ROI for his $10K investment. The tournament was a massive success, awarding $10,105,000 in total prize money, surpassing its $10 million guarantee.
Final Table Results
Day 6 of the prestigious tournament began with nine players competing for the title. Among the early casualties were Neng Lee who finished 9th for $171,280, followed by Sean Perry who took 8th place for $202,908. Roland Shen and Tony Tran finished 7th ($244,541) and 6th ($304,161) respectively, while Michael Stembera ended his bid in 5th place for $390,053.
Vanessa Kade was ahead of the pack when the final table started but her dominance was cut short later in the day. Kade showed her poker prowess early on, placing her opponents in tough situations. She was the chip leader for most of the day until her crucial encounter with the eventual winner. The former ACR ambassador called off with pocket aces versus Sinishtaj’s tabled flush. Kade settled for 4th place with $527,481 in winnings.
Next to go was Alex Livingston who initially lost a significant portion of his stack to Kempton with two pair versus straight draw. The Canadian poker pro, who finished third in the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, ended his journey after running king-jack into Sinishtaj’s ace-king. Livingston earned $745,749 for his third-place finish.
Sinishtaj and Kempton entered heads-up play, both having deep stacks, but the action only lasted a few minutes. The deciding hand saw Kempton four-betting in position. Sinishtaj check-called and Kempton eventually went all-in on the river. Sinishtaj called and the action wrapped up with his pocket aces defeating Kempton’s pocket jacks. Kempton took home a massive $1,093,314 for his runner-up finish.
In his post-win interview, Sinishtaj shared that he tried to play tighter than normal as the final table action began as the chip leaders were seated to his left. When he finally grabbed the lead, he made a switch in his strategy and that paved the way for him to secure the title.
Sinishtaj’s latest victory is the biggest so far throughout his career, bringing his total live earnings to more than $3.4 million.
2022 Wynn Millions Winners
The 2022 Wynn Millions continues with a number of key events still yet to play out, including a $1,000 buy-in $500K GTD No-Limit Hold’em tournament. A $3,500 buy-in, $2M GTD NLH event is underway and is close to crowning a winner.
The 2022 Wynn Millions kicked off in February and the big winners so far include Eddy Konarske ($1,600 Wynn Mystery Bounty), Brekstyn Schutten ($15K NLH High Roller), and Ali Imsirovic ($10K NLH High Roller). Negreanu also won a $15K NLH High Roller tournament at the festival. The other winners were Gabriel Jin Goh, Ray Teasdale, Wesley Gronhoud, Lawrence Beach, Mark Seif, Rishi Makkar, Jake Schindler, Bin Weng, Maziar Keshavarzi, Cliff Josephy, and Ben Diebold. So far, the event attracting the most number of players was the popular Wynn Mystery Bounty which recorded a total of 2,103 entries.