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Lowery and Ramos Among Recent Big Winners At WPT World Championship Festival at Wynn Las Vegas

A Look At Results From Big Side Events To Wrap Up Down The Stretch of This Massive Series


The 2023 WPT World Championship Festival at Wynn Las Vegas is nearly in the books, and full results continue to pour in from the massive festival that runs from Nov. 29 – Dec. 23.

The schedule for this series is packed with marquee events, which largely wrapped up over the past few days. In addition to those headlining tournaments that occupied the spotlights, there have been several massive tournaments that played down to winners recently. Below is a look at the results from some of those big side events.

WPT World Championship $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors $500K GTD

Daniel LoweryOne of the bigger events to from the past week, in terms of top prize, was the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em seniors high roller. A total of 162 entries saw the $500,000 guarantee more than tripled, with $1,539,000 ultimately awarded to the top 20 finishers.

In the end, 14-time World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring winner Daniel Lowery emerged victorious with the title and $394,636. This was the largest tournament score yet for the Arkansas native. It increased his lifetime earnings to more than $2.9 million.

Judith Bielan finished second, earning $236,978 for her efforts. Ten-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel fell just a few spots shy of the final table, earning $33,553 as the 11th-place finisher.

Place Player Earnings
1 Daniel Lowery $394,636
2 Judith Bielan $236,978
3 Michael Kinney $169,180
4 Lawrence Greenberg $129,111
5 Terricita Milgrom $97,326
6 Paul Richardson $72,526
7 James Mullaly $56,787
8 Michael Fuhs $46,459
9 Michael Farris $38,717

WPT World Championship $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em $3 Million GTD

Dennys Luis RamosThe $3 million guaranteed $3,000 buy-in tournament drew 2,196 entries, doubling the guarantee. The top 274 finishers made the money, with $1,001,377 for eventual champion Dennys Luis Ramos.

This was the largest score yet for the Brazilian, whose previous top payday was the $276,696 he earned as the champion of the 2022 BSOP Millions main event.

WPT champion Matthew Wantman finished sixth for $223,239, the fifth-largest score of his career.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Dennys Ramos $1,001,377 1620
2 Dale Roesel $640,983 1350
3 Ilya Nikiforov $492,826 1080
4 John Mcdonald $380,340 810
5 Michael Estes $293,032 675
6 Matthew Wantman $223,239 540
7 Justin Geronsin $167,749 405
8 Anonymous $123,251 0
9 Florian Duta $88,378 135

WPT World Championship $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $500K GTD

Clemen DengThe 582 entries made in the $3,000 no-limit hold’em progressive bounty event saw the $500,000 guarantee more than doubled ($1,017,960). The final bounty was secured by Clemen Deng, who earned $249,280 as the last player standings.

This was the second big score of the month for Deng, who also finished sixth in the World Series of Poker Paradise Millionaire Maker event for $103,500.

Brian Altman (16th), Brek Schutten (12th), John Riordan (11th), Alex Kulev (6th), and Bruno Fitoussi (5th) were some of the many big names that ran deep in this event.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Clemen Deng $249,280 1260
2 Leonard Carrillo $165,780 1050
3 Jordan Siegel $118,842 840
4 Eshaan Bhalla $82,592 630
5 Bruno Fitoussi $64,469 525
6 Alex Kulev $75,032 420
7 Lachezar Petkov $43,216 315
8 Namhyung Kim $34,666 210
9 David Gonzalez $18,082 105

WPT World Championship $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max $500K GTD

Yet another big $3,000 buy-in event saw 572 entries made in the six-max no-limit hold’em tournament, more than tripling the $500,000 guarantee to build a final pot of $1,573,000.

Bracelet winner Dong Chen, who took down the $10,000 six-max event at the WSOP Paradis less than a week before this win, earned $290,048 as the champion.

2023 WSOP Player of the Year Ian Matakis (10th), 2022 WPT Prime Championship winner Stephen Song (9th), 2020 WSOP main event champion Damian Salas (8th), Ping liu (6th), and Nathanael Kogel (2nd) were among the notables that made it to the business-end of this event.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Dong Chen $290,048 1260
2 Nathanael Kogel $193,456 1050
3 Taylor Wilson $148,793 840
4 Xixiang Luo $117,519 630
5 Aleks Dimitrov $91,074 525
6 Ping Liu $69,162 420

WPT World Championship $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha $100K GTD

Mike LeahThe $1,100 pot-limit Omaha event ended up paying out more than five times its $100,000 guarantee. With 547 entries, the top 71 finishers cashed.

Mike Leah, who was just a few days removed from taking down the $2,200 eight-game mix at this festival, came out on top for his second title of the series. The Canadian earned $99,916 for this latest victory.

The bracelet winner and WPT champion now has more than $8.6 million in lifetime cashes under his belt.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Mike Leah $99,916 840
2 Mal Hagan $68,189 700
3 Artem Suhak $50,517 560
4 Eric Pfenning $37,443 420
5 Andrew Friedhofen $27,722 350
6 Greg Himmelbrand $20,571 280
7 Mehmet Siginc $15,376 210
8 Phillip Hui $11,725 140
9 Quan Tran $9,130 70

WPT World Championship $1,100 Limit Omaha 8 $100K GTD

Nathan GambleThe $1,100 limit Omaha eight-or-better event also doubled its $100,000 guarantee, attracting 209 entries to make a $202,730 prize pool.

Two-time bracelet winner Nathan Gamble overcame fellow two-time bracelet winner Yuval Bronshtein heads-up to secure the title and the top prize of $47,472.

Craig Chait (12th), Frankie O’Dell (11th), and Fabrice Soulier (3rd) also put up strong showings.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Nathan Gamble $47,472 360
2 Yuval Bronshtein $29,350 300
3 Fabrice Soulier $21,406 240
4 Young Kim $16,013 180
5 Nohad Teliani $11,831 150
6 Tom Koral $9,010 120
7 Christopher Stewart $7,047 90
8 Tyler Willse $5,662 60
9 Micah Brooks $4,688 30

WPT World Championship $3,000 Dealer’s Choice $200K GTD

Nicholas PupilloNicholas Pupillo bested a 77-entry field in the $3,000 dealer’s choice event, earning $66,171 as the champion. The $200,000 guarantee was just surpassed in this mixed-game affair, with the top nine finishers earning a share of the $211,750 prize pool.

Pupillo, who won his first bracelet this summer as the champion of the WSOP $2,500 triple draw lowball event, now has more than $5.3 million in recorded tournament earnings.

Five-time bracelet winner and back-to-back-to-back WSOP $10,000 dealer’s choice champion Adam Friedman finished fourth, joining other big names like bracelet winner Bryce Yockey (8th), three-time bracelet winner Jim Collopy (6th), and Mark Gregorich (3rd) at the final table.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Nicholas Pupillo $66,171 252
2 Joseph Couden $42,350 210
3 Mark Gregorich $29,645 168
4 Adam Friedman $21,175 126
5 Tamon Nakamura $15,775 105
6 Jim Collopy $12,176 84
7 Richard Bai $9,635 63
8 Bryce Yockey $7,941 42

Winner photos provided by WPT / Wynn Las Vegas.