Sign Up For Card Player's Newsletter And Free Bi-Monthly Online Magazine
Wsopbanner

Stephen Winters Tops 20,647 Entries In $300 Buy-in WSOP Gladiators of Poker Event

Colorado Resident Earns $401,210 and His First Bracelet For Topping Fifth-Largest Live Field In WSOP History

Print-icon
 

The 2024 World Series of Poker $300 buy-in Gladiators of Poker no-limit hold’em event attracted a gigantic field of 20,647 entries across its four starting flights, making this the fifth-largest turnout for any live event in WSOP history. As a result, the event easily surpassed the $3 million guarantee to create a prize pool of nearly $5.1 million. Six days after the tournament kicked off at Horseshoe Las Vegas, that sprawling sea of contenders was finally whittled down to a single champion: Stephen Winters. The Lyons, Colorado resident earned $401,210 and his first gold bracelet for the win.

“I guess this is for the little guys,” Winters told WSOP reporters after closing out the victory. “I just play a few small tournaments each year, so it was exciting just to be relevant for once.”

The top 2,763 finishers earned a share of the prize pool in this event, with a min-cash of $600. The payouts hit five figures for the top 44, while Winters was one of just five players to walk away with a six-figure score in this tournament.

Check out the top five live WSOP bracelet events (by field size):

Event Entries Prize Pool Champion Top Prize
2019 Big 50 $500 NLH 28,371 $13,509,435 Femi Fashakin $1,147,449
2023 Gladiators of Poker $300 NLH 23,088 $5,679,648 Jason Simon $499,852
2015 Colossus $565 NLH 22,374 $11,187,000 Cord Garcia $638,880
2016 Colossus $565 NLH 21,613 $10,806,500 Benjamin Keeline $1,000,000
2024 Gladiators of Poker $300 NLH 20,647 $5,079,162 Stephen Winters $401,210

The final day of this event began with 14 players remaining and Winters in a virtual five-way tie for the chip lead. Winters had taken sole possession of the top spot by the time the official final table of nine was set.

Winters knocked out Caleb Levesque (9th – $41,337) to extend his advantage. Simon Britton then won a flip against Jordan Johnson (8th – $52,590) to narrow the field to seven.

Steve Foutty bowed out in seventh place ($67,320) before Winters got involved in a preflop race with pocket sevens against the A-K of Sung Pil Kim, who had doubled through him a bit earlier at the final table. Winters then landed the knockout blow on Kim, who earned $86,710 for his sixth-place showing.

James Morgan’s (5th – $112,350) K-Q was unable to outrun the pocket eights of Quang Vu. Winters then won a three-way all-in with A-Q holding against the A-J of Brandon Herrick and A-5 of Vu. Herrick cashed for $146,450 as the fourth-place finisher.

Vu soon followed when his pocket fives were outflopped by Winters’ A-8 suited. Winters held through the river to eliminate Vu in third place ($192,030).

It took only one hand for Winters to close out the win. Britton called all-in on a QClub Suit10Heart Suit9Club SuitJSpade Suit board with JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit. Winter revealed the KHeart Suit9Heart Suit for a turned straight. The QSpade Suit on the end was no help to Britton, who finished second for $253,300.

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

Place Player Earnings
1 Stephen Winters $401,210
2 Simon Britton $253,300
3 Quang Vu $192,030
4 Brendon Herrick $146,450
5 James Morgan $12,350
6 Sung Pil Kim $86,710
7 Steve Foutty $67,320
8 Jordan Johnson $52,590
9 Caleb Levesque $41,337

Visit the Card Player 2024 World Series of Poker page for schedules, news, interviews, and the latest event results. WSOP coverage sponsored by Global Poker.

Photo credit: WSOP / Hayley Hochstetler.