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Tony Sinishtaj Takes Down Wynn Millions Main Event For $1,655,952
Tony Sinishtaj is on cloud nine right now thanks to almost doubling his live poker lifetime winnings. The New Yorker outlasted 1,074 opponents in the $10,300 buy-in $10 million guaranteed Wynn Millions Main Event, and walked away with a massive $1,655,952.
Sinishtaj had $1,765,042 in winnings before this tournament. Some $661,283 stemmed from his victory in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in 2017. He now has a seven-figure haul to his name, and another trophy.
Plenty of household names finished in the top 116 places and saw a return on their investment. The likes of JC Tran, Faraz Jaka, Nick Schulman, Sam Soverel, Shannon Shorr, and defending champion Andrew Moreno all cashed.
Kade Leads Final Table; Sinishtaj Fourth
The nine finalists guaranteed themselves $171,280 for their efforts but nobody wanted that sum with more than $1.6 million awaiting the winner. Vanessa Kade went into the nine-handed final table with the chip lead, with Sinishtaj fourth.
Neng Lee was the final table’s first casualty. Sinishtaj opened to 180,000 (three-times the big blind) from late position before calling Lee’s 300,000 all-in bet. Sinishtaj showed Ah-Kd, and Lee the Tc-Ts. A 4h-4d-Ac-Qh-8c board busted Lee.
Sean Perry followed suit on the very next hand. He min-raised to 120,000 with 9s-9h, Isaac Kempton three-bet to 360,000 with Ks-Kc and called when Perry four-bet shoved. The Kd-6c-6s-8d-Qd board was of no help for Perry, and he collected $202,908.
Seventh-place and $244,541 went to Roland Shen. He essentially open-shoved for 14.5 big blinds, but left himself a single 100,000 big blind behind, with Ks-Jh. Michael Stembera called with 9d-9s, and Shen got his last chip in on a 3c-4h-9h flop. The 5d and Jd completed the run-out and confirmed Shen’s demise.
Sinishtaj claimed the tournament life of Tony Tran in sixth-place, a finish worth $304,161. Stembera opened to 250,000, Tran jammed for 2,200,000, only for Sinishtaj to come over the top, which folded out Stembera. Tran held 6h-6d but was in bad shape against the Kh-Kd of Sinishtaj. The Qh-Tc-2c-Qd-8d board provided to drama, and Tran busted.
Three More Exits To Become a Millionaire
Winning your coinflips often results in winning tournaments, which is why Stembera finished fifth for $390,053. Stembera opened to 260,000 with Ah-Kh, Sinishtaj three-bet to 700,000 and called when Stembera moved all-in for 4,100,000. Stembera was against Jh-Jd and lost the flop despite flopping an ace because the five community cards fell Ad-Qh-8d-Jc-Ac.
Kade’s impressive run ended in fourth place, which banked the Canadian $527,481. Sinishtaj limped in from the small blind and called Kade’s 700,000 raise. He check-called a 600,000 bet on the 3s-2c-Ks flop before leading for 1,700,000 on the Qs turn; Kade called. The Qd river saw the champion-elect move all-in. Kade tanked before calling off her 6,100,000 stack. She turned over Ad-Ah but her opponent held 6s-5s which improved to a flush.
Heads-up was set when the short-stacked Alex Livingston crashed out. Livingston was all-in with Kd-Js against the dominating Ac-Kc of Sinishtaj. The Ts-Tc-Th-8d-Qd board resigned Livingston to a $745,479 payday.
Both heads-up players were no millionaires in addition to having the exact same number of chips. No deal was struck despite this and a difference of more than half a million dollars in the payouts.
The one-on-one battle was short-lived. It ended when Kempton opened, Sinishtaj made it 2,300,000 only for Kempton to make it 5,600,000, which was called. The eventual winner check-called a 2,800,000 bet on the 6c-7d-7s flop and a 4,200,000 bet on the 6d turn. He checked again on the Ks river. Kempton moved all-in, and Sinishtaj snap-called. He flipped over Ad-Ah which crushed the Jh-Jc of his opponent. The runner-up banked $1,093,314 with the champion scooping $1,655,952.
2022 Wynn Millions Main Event Final Table Results
|1||Tony Sinishtaj||United States||$1,655,952|
|2||Isaac Kempton||United States||$1,093,314|
|5||Michael Stembera||United States||$390,053|
|6||Tony Tran||United States||$304,161|
|7||Roland Shen||United States||$244,541|
|8||Sean Perry||United States||$202,908|
|9||Neng Lee||United States||$171,280|