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While the 49th World Series of Poker (WSOP) currently underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is the epicentre of all poker activity at the moment, there are a few other hig-value tournaments in Las Vegas that have also been attracting solid turnouts. The Wynn Summer Classic is one such tournament.
The Wynn Poker Room recently played host to the $1,100 buy-in No Limit Hold’em 1 Million GTD event that brought in a field of 2,427 competitors and amassed an enormous prize pool of $2,401,274. But it was Hong Kong’s Kwun Li (cover image) who proved his mettle and shipped the event to score the top prize worth $280,594. Li defeated Australia’s Dominic Coombe following a deal that saw the latter take home $266,639.
This is the biggest career score for Li who has been around the poker scene since 2013 and is ranked 18th on the Hong Kong All Time Money List, with total live earnings of $438,002. Coombe, has total live earnings of $322,534 and is ranked 142nd on the Australia All Time Money List.
Day 1A of the event saw 482 players joining and as the opening flights progressed, 951 and 994 entrants came through on Day 1B and Day 1C respectively.
The event paid out the top 251 places and there were numerous poker heavyweights who crossed the money line including Thayer Rasmussen (15th for $21,146), Jason Wheeler (18th for $15,989) and Luke Vrabel (51st for $8,422).
Other Asians who had deep runs in the event include Phachara Wongwichit (68th for $6,744), Yosuke Sekiya (103rd for $4,615) and Henry Wang (205th for $2,762).
Brett Bader (10th for $28,551) was the last elimination before the final table convened.
Final Table Recap
The first to leave the American-dominated final table was Vincent Newland in ninth place followed by Upeshka Desilva.
Luxembourg’s Jeremy Baldisseri was the next to go, accompanied by Ian O’Hara who settled for a sixth-place finish.
Sean Chen (5th for $78,943), Bulgarian Ivan Zhechev (4th for $106,810) and Belgian Thomas Boivin (3rd for $149,961) all hit the rail setting up the finale between Dominic Coombe and Kwun Li.
Following several pay jumps, Li and Coombe agreed to a heads-up deal with each player locking up $266,639, leaving only the trophy and $13,955 in play. When the dust settled, Li topped Coombe to win the trophy and the remaining prize money!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Kwun Li – $280,594*
2. Dominic Coombe – $266,639*
3. Thomas Boivin – $149,961
4. Ivan Zhechev – $106,810
5. Sean Chen – $78,943
6. Ian O’Hara – $60,632
7. Jeremy Baldisseri – $48,506
8. Upeshka Desilva – $39,922
9. Vincent Newland – $33,576
*denotes heads-up deal