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High-Stakes Poker Pro Jake Schindler Wins Wynn High Roller For $166,600

The 2018 Card Player Player of the Year Award Winner Topped A Field of 49 Entries To Secure His 72nd Career Cash of For Six-Figures or More


The high-stakes live tournament world has descended on the Wynn Poker Room in Las Vegas this week for another series of big buy-in events. The first of five high rollers taking place during the 2022 Wynn Millions festival kicked off on Tuesday, Mar. 1. A total of 49 entries were made in the $10,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, creating a prize pool of $490,000. After a grueling day that lasted more than 12 hours, Jake Schindler emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $166,600.

This was the 72nd time that the 2018 Card Player Player of the Year award winner has secured a payday of six figures or more. He now has just shy of $29.6 million in career tournament earnings, enough to place him 15th on poker’s all-time money list.

Schindler earned 300 POY points as the champion of this event. It was his second title and fifth POY-qualified final-table showing of the year already. With 872 points and $553,800 in POY earnings, Schindler now sits in 40th place in the 2022 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Schindler was also awarded 167 PokerGO Tour points for the win. He moved into seventh place on that leaderboard as a result.

Thomas Boivin was knocked out on the money bubble to guarantee at least a $19,600 payday to the remaining seven players. Chris Brewer was the one to walk away with that amount, as the 2021 live tournament breakout ran pocket fours into the pocket sixes of four-time World Poker Tour main event winner Darren Elias and was unable to come from behind.

Reigning Card Player and PokerGO Tour Player of the Year Ali Imsirovic was the next to fall. He lost the majority of his stack when his pocket aces were cracked by the pocket sixes of short stack Joseph Cheong, who won the three-way all-in against Imsirovic and Darren Elias, who held A-K suited. Cheong rivered a set to triple up and leave Imsirovic on fumes. he got the last of his stack in with K-5 suited against the pocket tens of Schindler and was drawing dead by the turn. Imsirovic earned $29,400 and 100 POY points for his seventh final-table finish of 2022. As a result, he climbed into fourth place on the POY leaderboard.

Sean Winter’s run in this event came to an end when his QHeart Suit10Heart Suit was unable to overcome the KClub SuitQSpade Suit of a surging Cheong. Winter took home $39,200 and 125 POY points for his sixth final-table finish of the year. With 1,061 total points, he now occupies the 24th-place spot in the standings.

Just a few minutes after Winter’s exit, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Byron Kaverman found himself all-in and at risk with AHeart Suit10Diamond Suit on a QSpade Suit10Heart Suit7Spade Suit flop. Cheong called with 7Diamond Suit7Club Suit for bottom set and held fromthere to eliminate Kaverman in fourth place ($53,900).

Darren Elias got the last of his stack in preflop, four-bet shoving with KHeart SuitQHeart Suit from the button. Schindler, who had three-bet from the small blind, quickly called with KSpade SuitKClub Suit. Elias picked up a straight draw on the flop, but failed to improve any further and was sent to the rail in third place ($73,500). The 200 POY points he secured for his fifth qualifying final table of the year moved him into 27th place in the standings.

With that Schindler took a sizable lead into heads-up play with Cheong, who sat with 900,000 to Schindler’s 4,000,000. Schindler was able to extend his lead even further by the time the final hand of the event was dealt. Cheong got all-in for his last 10 big blinds with KSpade Suit7Diamond Suit. Schindler held 9Club Suit8Diamond Suit. The ASpade SuitAHeart Suit7Spade Suit2Club Suit8Club Suit runout locked up the pot and the title for Schindler. Cheong took home $107,800 and 250 POY points for his fourth final-table finish of 2022. With 1,344 total points and $720,120 in year-to-date POY earnings, Cheong climbed into 11th place in the overall standings.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points PGT Points
1 Jake Schindler $166,600 300 167
2 Joseph Cheong $107,800 250 108
3 Darren Elias $73,500 200 74
4 Byron Kaverman $53,900 150 54
5 Sean Winter $39,200 125 39
6 Ali Imsirovic $29,400 100 29
7 Chris Brewer $19,600 75 20

Photo credit: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.