2018 Wynn Classic Draws to Successful ConclusionMarch 13, 2018 10:45 am
The 2018 Wynn Classic took place at the Wynn Las Vegas from February 19th to March 11th, and featured 18 events with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $3,150.
Dimmig Wins $600 NLHE
The series subsequently concluded with its $600 No Limit Hold’em event, with 688 players entering to create a prize pool of $359,961. Four days later, and it was Jonathan Dimmig who managed to overcome the tough field to claim a top prize of $53,157.
As a result, Dimmig now boasts $1,719,164 in live earnings, of which $1,319,587 is accounted for by his victory in 2014 at the WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Millionaire Maker (Event #8).
Amongst the notable players entering the tournament and seeing a return on their investment was Ryan Laplante in 66th ($1,353), Jordan Young in 46th ($1,688), Mike Del Vecchio in 42nd ($1,926), and Jon Turner in 19th ($3,302).
Headlining the final table was players such as WSOP bracelet winner Eric Baldwin and MSPT Poker Bowl II champion Kfir Nahum, but in the end it was Arkadi Onikoul who would make it through to heads-up play against Jonathan Dimmig, before exiting in a runner-up position worth $34,025.
Final Table Results
1: Jonathan Dimmig $53,157
2: Arkadi Onikoul $34,025
3: Patrick Truong $30,452
4: Pfizer Jordan $30,168
5: Peter Giordano $23,420
6: Eric Baldwin $21,469
7: Darcie Allen $9,828
8: Michael Ferrari $8,150
9: Kfir Nahum $6,862
Well-known players winning other events at The Wynn Spring Classic included David Levi taking down the $364 NLHE Seniors 50+ event for $11,472, Yoon Cheon claiming the $600 NLHE title for $57,886, and Jody Fayant winning the $3,150 NLHE event for $102,482.
David Pham Breaks $10M
Without a doubt, the biggest name to walk away with a title at the Wynn Spring Classic was David “The Dragon” Pham, who out played a 984 strong field at the $1,600 No Limit Hold’em – Championship to walk away with a first place prize of $240,254. Commenting upon the popular tournament, Ryan Beauregard, Wynn Director of Poker Operations stated:
“The Championship event was very successful from our standpoint. We saw an increase of just over 20 percent in entries over last year, which is extra significant as this was our first time limiting players to a single re-entry per starting day.”
Top competitors cashing in at the event included the likes of Jessica Dawley in 30th ($7,982), Joe Elpayaa in 23rd ($10,355), and Nick Pupillo in 12th ($18,111). In the end, however, it was Kurt Jewell who was left to face the formidable David Pham heads-up, with the 3-times WSOP bracelet winner eventually defeating his fellow pro to win the title, and push his career earnings to $10,213,833.
As a result, Pham is now placed at number 6 on California’s All Time Money List, with Brian Rast topping the list on $20,652,381, followed by JC Tran ($12,873,298), and Jamie Gold ($12,588,364).
Final Table Results
1: David “The Dragon” Pham $240,254
2: Kurt Jewell $158,250
3: Danny Wong $108,095
4: Andy Su $76,597
5: Noam Muallem $56,410
6: Julian Parmann $43,954
7: Alberto Sabogali $35,363
8: Alexis Shankle $29,307
9: Clayton Maguire $24,711
Wynn Las Vegas
The casino resort is situated on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, with the $2.7-billion luxury property the flagship venue of Wynn Resorts, the company which develops and operates high-end hotels and casinos. Contained within its grounds are a host of attractions, including restaurants, nightclubs, a theater, shops and boutiques, and of course its huge casino and poker tournament area. It also offers 5 star bedrooms for 4,748 guests, installed with digital assistant Alexa, which allows guests to control environmental conditions. As a Wynn statement explained after its installation:
“In partnership with Amazon, becoming the first resort in the world in which guests can verbally control every aspect of lighting, temperature and the audio-visual components of a hotel room is yet another example of our leadership in the world of technology for the benefit of all of our guests.”