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Manuel Machado Wins Wynn Mystery Bounty Event For More Than $477,000 In Total Prize Money

The Unique $2,200 Buy-In Event Drew 2,854 Entries, With Seven Six-Figure Bounty Payouts Awarded During Day 2 Action


Manuel MachadoThe $2,200 buy-in Wynn Mystery Bounty event drew a massive field of 2,854 entries, blowing away the $2.5 million guarantee to create a final total prize pool of $5,708,000. $1,300 from each entry went into the main tournament prize pool ($3,710,200), while $700 was allotted to the bounties ($1,997,800). In the end, Portugal’s Manuel Machado was the last bounty hunter left, earning $410,485 in prize money and another $67,000 in bounty payouts as the champion.

This unique event saw players secure a bounty ticket whenever they knock out an opponent on day 2 of this event. Those tickets could each be redeemed for a mystery bounty envelope which contained a payday or anywhere from $500 to $250,000. There were seven six-figure bounty payouts up for grabs: two $250,000 tickets and five $100,000 tickets. There were another six $50,000 payouts and ten $25,000 tickets, with many smaller payout tickets up for grabs all the way down to $500.

The two largest bounty payouts were drawn by Milos Ivanovic and Paul Chauderson, who each pulled $250,000 tickets from their envelopes. It was reportedly Chauderson’s birthday. Check out the video below to see his reaction to this pleasant birthday surprise:

Plenty of big names made deep runs in this event, including Anton Wigg (72nd – $10,223), 2012 WSOP main event runner-up finisher Jesse Sylvia (67th – $11,286), bracelet winner Joao Simao (66th – $11,286), three-time bracelet winner Kristen Foxen (21st – $22,617), and bracelet winner Andriy Lyubovetskiy (15th – $30,850).

The final table featured several notables, including two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Kevin Calenzo (9th – $42,983), four-time WSOP final tablist Cherish Andrews (6th – $72,105) and two-time bracelet winner Calvin Anderson (3rd – $176,243). Anderson also reportedly drew one of the $100,000 tickets, bringing his total haul to well over a quarter of a million dollars.

After Anderson was knocked out, Machado struck a heads-up deal with Elliot Kampen that brought the tournament to a conclusion after 4:30 AM local time on Saturday, June 18. Kampen secured $362,739 in prize money from the main tournament pool thanks to the deal and secured his own bounty, which added $500. Machado earned the previously listed top payout of $410,485, and drew the last $50,000 ticket with his own bounty. Machado claimed 16 total bounties when all was said and done.

Here is a look at the prize pool payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings
1 Manuel Machado $410,485
2 Elliott Kampen $362,739
3 Calvin Anderson $176,243
4 Dennis Wilke $125,105
5 Anthony Ibrahim $92,628
6 Cherish Andrews $72,105
7 Andy Park $59,516
8 Kevin White $50,503
9 Kevin Calenzo $42,983

Bounty and winner photos via @WynnPoker Twitter account.