Sean Banahan won the WPT event
A few days ago, the WPT Championship began at Wynn Las Vegas. This series began to be discussed in June when the schedule became known. Attention was attracted by the main event with a buy-in of 10,400 USD and a guarantee of 15 million. The stage will generally last from December 1 to December 20, and the guaranteed prize fund of 23 tournaments is $ 22 million.
The first official tournament was an event on unlimited hold’em with a buy-in of 600$ and a guarantee of 500,000$. There were six starting flights in total, and when registration ended, the number of entries was 2,999. Due to the excellent turnout, the guarantee was exceeded almost three times, and as a result, 1,559,480 USD was raffled.
Late on Sunday evening, December 4, Sean Banahan won the WPT event and earned 136,220, beating the famous player and bracelet holder Jesse Lonis in a heads-up. They made a deal, so the difference in prize money between the second and first places was not too big. Lonis earned 122,184 USD.
The first significant victory in Banahan’s career
This is the first significant victory in Banahan’s career. He had never won six-figure sums before. Until December 4, his record was the amount of 80,000 USD, which he received for second place in one of the Wynn Winter Classic events in 2021. The career earnings of a Twin Falls resident increased to 270,000 USD.
- Sean Banahan — 136 220 USD
- Jesse Lonis — 122 184
- Richard Alati — 84,433
- David Chavez — 82,900
- La Sengpet — 61 222
- Jatinder Singh — 30 307
- Lunique Petiote — 25,915
- David Yokoyama — 22,852
- Thomas Zanot — 20,227
Taking second place, Jesse Lonis received not only decent prize money, but also rating points. He got 500 POY points. It was the 16th final table for the player in 2022. Having scored 3102 points and earned 643,457 USD, Lonis is now in the top 50 of the CardPlayer rating. Lonis’ earnings for his career exceeded $ 2.1 million.
In addition to Lonis, the recent finalist of the bestbet Jacksonville main event Lunique Petiote (7th place – 25,915 USD) and six-time WSOPC ring holder La Sengpet (5th place — 61,222 USD) reached the final.
The above-described main event with a guarantee of 15 million is one of many important events in the series. The schedule includes the WPT Prime Championship, which will take place from December 8 to 12, a women’s event with a guarantee of 200,000 USD and the extremely popular Mystery Bounty with a deposit of 2 million USD. The Mystery Bounty began to be held within the walls of the Wynn Casino, and it would be surprising if the tournament was not on the schedule. The largest “mysterious reward” will be 100,000 USD.
There are also tournaments with a large bankroll in the schedule. We are talking about contests for 25,700 USD (December 11-12) and 10,500 USD (December 18).