The exciting Wynn Millions series has returned. It started on February 21 and will end on March 20. A few winners have been crowned in the month-long festival, like Gabriel Jin Goh, a skilled player who led in the 323-entry field and won $17,000 in the No-Limit Hold'em Event.
Wesley Gronhovd topped a 140-entry field and won $11,961 in the $400 Limit Omaha 8/B $25K GTD. Ray Teasdale won $22,753 after prevailing in a 261-entry field for the $400 NLH $40K GTD.
Mystery Bounty will be this year's first tournament in the series. It is a $1,600 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em competition that has a surprise bounty concealed in an envelope once a player busts an opponent.
The tournament kicked off on February 24, and it has $1.5 million prize money. Day 1a took place on Thursday, February 24 at noon, while Days 1b and 1c will occur at noon on Friday and Saturday.
Players that will survive in each flight can play down to a winner on this Sunday's Day 2 when PokerNews will start providing live updates, and the mystery bounties will take effect.
The Series Will Feature Popular Poker Players
The 2021 Wynn Millions excited many poker diehards. It featured several poker pros. For example, Day 1c of the tournament comprised five Poker Hall of Famers who tagged and bagged, including John Hennigan, Jack McClelland, Erik Seidel, Johnny Chan, and Daniel Negreanu.
Other players who participated in the 2021 Wynn Millions were Jean-Robert Bellande (JRB), Anthony Zinno, Phil Laak, and Maria Ho. It is rare to see reputable poker pros such as Negreanu venturing outside PokerGO Studio. Besides, JRB seldom takes a break from high-stakes cash games.
Even so, Wynn Millions was a huge draw. Wynn and PokerGO Tour recently partnered to provide hive high roller tournaments in the Wynn Millions. Thus, we might see big poker names in the ongoing series.
Fast Action and Big Hand
The last Wynn Millions didn't have a shortage of big hands. The "Live Reported Hand of the Year" was from the $10,000,000 GTD event's tournament updates and was nicknamed the "Wynn Millions Massacre."
The 2021 Wynn Millions had 1,328 entries in three starting flights. It created a $12,483,200 prize pool, thus exceeding the seven-figure guarantee, and it was the biggest pool in the history of Wynn Poker.
Bryn Kenney was the chip leader as 240 players resumed action on Day 2ab. Alex Foxen's stack was the seventh-largest. Kenney was moved to Foxen's table just before a collision took place.
By then, Foxen led the chips while Kenney was second, with a small margin. But, the latter was still another large stack in the poker room. Foxen called from hijack while Kenney raised pre-flop when the hand occurred at Level 12(1,500/2,500/2,500).
Players who were at the big blind and on the button came along as the flop had four-way action. Kenney proceeded for 9,000 while Foxen made a call to see the turn when the big blind checked.
Kenney wagered 10,000 while Foxen called to view the river's complete board. At that time, Kenney checked while Foxen over-wagered the pot to 112,000.
This made Kenney wake up with an approximate 240,000 all-in check-raise while Foxen snap-called. The former picked aces with queens as Foxen rolled for quads. As a result, Kenney got eliminated, and Foxen pulled the biggest pot in the tournament.
Ari Engel is another big hand who won a straight flush over a straight flush. Andrew Moreno played a few big hands as he topped the 1,328-entry field and won $1,460,106 prize money in the tournament.
Will the Winner Get New Hardware?
Wynn Classic tournaments have the best trophies in the poker industry. Ryan Beauregard, Wynn's Poker Operations Director, featured in a recent PokerNews Podcast episode and outperformed himself for 2022 Wynn Millions.
2022 Wynn Millions
The winter poker series constituted 16 events that have over $15 million prize money. It has various tournaments for different types of players like bounty events, High stakes, No-limit hold'em, mid-stakes, and pot-limit Omaha. Also, senior players who are above 49 years will have the $1,100 and $400 events.
The second annual $10,000 buy-in $10,000,000 GTD Wynn Millions will start on March 3. Players will get daily live updates from PokerNews throughout the tournament. There will be three tournaments in Wynn Millions that will have seven-figure prize pools.