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Big Names Win First Four Wynn Poker Room $10,500 High Roller Events

The Events Ran From Dec. 3-6, With Over $1.9 Million In Prize Money Awarded


The Wynn Poker Room hosted four $10,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em high rollers from Dec. 3-6. The first tournament in this high-stakes onslaught kicked off at 3 p.m. local time on Thursday, Dec. 3. By the time registration had closed there had been a total of 49 entries made, building a prize pool of $490,000.

Martin ZamaniThe top seven finishers made the money in the kickoff event, with the largest share going to eventual champion Martin Zamani. This was the second big score for Zamani in as many weeks. He finished third in the $1,600 buy-in _Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian main event on Nov. 23 for $148,829.

In addition to the title and the money, Zamani also earned 300 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. With two titles and four POY-qualified final tables, Zamani has climbed into 31st place in the 2020 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker. He currently has 1,308 points and $388,789 in year-to-date earnings.

Fourth-place finisher Alex Foxen earned $53,900 and 150 points. This was his seventh final-table finish of the year. He moved into 16th place in the overall POY standings as a result of his latest deep run. Sixth-place finisher Cary Katz earned $29,400 and 100 POY points as the sixth-place finisher. This was Katz’s ninth final table of the year, and it moved him into second place on the leaderboard, just 85 points behind current leader Vincent Wan.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings POY Points
1 Martin Zamani $140,107 300
2 Christopher Brewer $134,293 250
3 Jacob Daniels $73,500 200
4 Alex Foxen $53,900 150
5 Matthew Wantman $39,200 125
6 Cary Katz $29,400 100
7 Sam Soverel $19,600 75

Sean WinterThe second event on the schedule attracted the largest field of the weekend, with 64 entries building a prize pool of $640,000. High-stakes tournament regular Sean Winter emerged victorious in this event, defeating Jacob Daniels heads-up to earn the title, the $179,200 top prize, and 360 POY points.

This was Winter’s 11th recorded tournament title, and it brought his lifetime earnings to more than $15.3 million. Other notables who cashed in this event include 2010 World Series of Poker bracelet winner and main event third-place finisher and Joseph Cheong (4th – $64,000), World Poker Tour Aria Summer Championship winner Matthew Wantman (5th – $51,200), WSOP bracelet winners Barry Hutter (7th – $32,000) and Sam Soverel (9th – $19,200) and 2019 WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event runner-up Matas Cimbolas (10th – $19,200).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings POY Points
1 Sean Winter $179,200 360
2 Jacob Daniels $128,000 300
3 Eric Worre $83,200 240
4 Joseph Cheong $64,000 180
5 Matthew Wantman $51,200 150
6 Jeremiah Williams $38,400 120
7 Barry Hutter $32,000 90
8 Adam Hendrix $25,600 60

Ray QartomyThe third high roller of the weekend ran on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event drew 57 entries and paid out $570,000 among the top nine finishers. It was four-time WPT final tablist Ray Qartomy who came out on top in the end, taking home $150,000 and 300 POY points for his sixth live tournament title. The win saw his lifetime tournament earnings grow to $3,781,241.

This was Qartomy’s second title of the year, having won a $5,000 buy-in event at the WPT Rock & Roll Poker Open for $53,780.

Matthew Wantman finished as the runner-up in this event for $135,000. This was his third straight final-table finish of the weekend, having placed fifth in both prior tournaments for a cumulative $90,400. As a result, his total earnings for the weekend to $225,400. He also accrued 585 POY points along the way, enough to see him move inside the top 300 in the standings.

Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Rast made his first score of the weekend, finishing third for $79,800, while Barry Hutter made his second cash by placing fourth for $57,000. Three-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva earned $34,200 as the sixth-place finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings POY Points
1 Ray Qartomy $150,000 300
2 Matthew Wantman $135,000 250
3 Brian Rast $79,800 200
4 Barry Hutter $57,000 150
5 Brock Wilson $45,600 125
6 Upeshka De Silva $34,200 100
7 Jeremiah Williams $28,500 75
8 Masato Yokosawa $19,950 50

Jared JaffeeThe fourth and final event of the weekend took place on Sunday, Dec. 6. The event was a late addition to the schedule, and it drew just 26 entries for the smallest prize pool of the series: $260,000. The lower turnout meant that just the top four finishers made the money.

WSOP bracelet winner and WPT main event winner Jared Jaffee was the champion of this event. He defeated Sean Perry heads-up to take down the title and the top payout of $119,600.

The third-place finisher in the event asked to remain anonymous, while Brian Rast placed fourth for $26,000 and his second cash in as many days.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings POY Points
1 Jared Jaffee $119,600 180
2 Sean Perry $72,800 150
3 Anonymous $41,600 -
4 Brian Rast $26,000 90

Winner photos via the Wynn Poker Room Twitter account.