The end is in sight of the Wynn Winter Classic, as the two-week event will soon be reaching the final stages. The final poker event of the series will take place on December 20th, and there has been an enjoyable weekend of action for fans to get their teeth stuck into.
Meanwhile, the final event of the series is the $2 million GTD Championship, which will be concluded on December 20th. However, over the weekend, there were a number of big wins for some of the most respected players taking part in the event.
Boris Kolev Wins PKO Bounty Event
One of the most interesting events from the past seven days came in the form of the Progressive PKO Bounty. It was expected to be one of the most exciting poker events throughout the Wynn Winter Classic, and it turned out to be just that. Over 150 players entered the competition, which creating a huge prize pool of just over $450,000. The players that finished in the top 17 places were all able to walk away with a share of the prize purse, which meant players such as Romain Lewis, Chance Kornuth and Shannon Shorr, who all finished outside of the final table were still able to claim considerable prize returns from the huge event. The final table was certainly an international affair, with five different nationalities represented in the final five players that were left standing.
However, it was to be a huge success for Bulgarian player Boris Kolev, who managed to hold off the challenge from Daniel Smiljkovic to claim the success in the final stages. Kolev won returns of $131,548 for his excellent performance. Meanwhile, the German runner-up won $78,554. Korean star Sung Joo Hyun was next on the leaderboard, while Ryan Laplante was the highest finishing American star in fourth. Felipe Ramos rounded off the top five players for Austria, while compatriot Tobias Schweht was just a place further back. Kristen Bicknell, Elijah Berg and Michael Rocco round off the top table finishers in the event.
Kohlberg Wins Seniors Event, Madsen Wins Limit Omaha
Earlier in the event, it was the turn of the Seniors competition, which saw a field of 245 players involved, which meant a total prize purse of $84,525 was on offer. It was Curt Kohlberg from Boston that eventually ran out the winner of the competition, as he won returns of $21,361. Alan Schottenfeld was in second, while English star Linoa Iwaniak was the only European player to finish on the final table. Stephen Stolzman, Keith Fournier, and Stacy Ambrose also finished in solid positions on the final table.
Elsewhere, there was a win for Jeff Madsen, as he came out on top in the Limit Omaha. Only the top eleven finishers walked away with their share of the prize fund, which made for a competitive occasion with 103 players involved. Madsen, from Las Vegas, was a very deserving winner of the event, as he won $8,678 in prize money after making a deal with Michael Parizen and John Cernuto in the closing stages.