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David Jackson Wins 2023 Wynn Fall Classic Main Event

Poker Pro Tops Field of 746 Entries In $1,600 Event To Earn $189,298


David JacksonThe 2023 Wynn Fall Classic $1 million guaranteed $1,600 no-limit hold’em main event attracted a field of 746 entries across its three starting flights, surpassing the guarantee to build a final prize pool of $1,074,240. The largest share of that money was ultimately captured by David Jackson. The poker pro from Jacksonville, Florida took home $189,298 for the win.

This was the fifth-largest tournament score on Jackson’s resume. The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner now has more than $4.4 million in career earnings to his name, with his top payday being the $598,172 he was awarded after defeating Phil Hellmuth heads-up to win the 2022 WSOP $3,000 no-limit hold’em freezeout event.

Jackson now has five final-table finishes in 2023, with this being his first victory. The 912 Card Player Player of the Year points he was awarded for the win were enough to see him climb inside the top 200 in POY standings presented by Global Poker, with 1,885 total points and $294,186 in to-date POY earnings.

This marquee championship ran from Oct. 19-23 at Wynn Las Vegas. It was one of 23 tournaments that comprised the series’ full schedule. The strong turnout resulted in the top 93 finishers making the money, with a min-cash being worth $3,400.

Plenty of big names ran deep, including two-time bracelet winner Martin Zamani (35th), bracelet winner Young Eum (24th), bracelet winner Giuseppe Pantaleo (21st), kickoff event winner David Pham (16th), World Poker Tour champion James Romero (13th), and Las Vegas daily tournament crusher Jeremy Becker (11th). Pham had earned $42,884 for taking down the $600 buy-in tournament that began this series earlier in the month, besting a field of 434 entries.

Bin WengThe final day of this event began with eight players remaining and Jackson in the lead. He was ultimately able to convert that advantage into the title, topping Herman Johnson heads-up in the end to secure the trophy. Johnson earned $126,467 as the runner-up finisher.

This was one of two $1,600 buy-in tournaments on the schedule for this festival. The other was a $1 million guaranteed mystery bounty affair, which drew 860 entries to create a final prize pool of $1,238,400. It was Bin Weng who emerged victorious, securing his fifth title of 2023 at his 14th final table of the year. Weng has accrued more than $5.3 million in POY earnings across those scores, as well as 10,180 POY points. He remains the player to beat heading into the final stretch of the 2023 POY race.

There are still a handful of Wynn Fall Classic events left to play. Make sure to check out the full schedule in Card Player’s database for more info on how you can get in on the action.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 David Jackson $189,298 912
2 Herman Johnson $126,467 760
3 Anthony Dianaty $97,214 608
4 Timothy Pai $76,584 456
5 Cory Skolnik $59,391 380
6 Brian Battistone $45,214 304
7 Pedro Fernandes $33,986 228
8 Yang Lu $25,149 152
9 Sergei Kislinskii $18,079 76

Photo credit: by Wynn Las Vegas.