Whereas the World Poker Tour (WPT) $10,400 World Championship was taking part in right down to a remaining desk, Wynn Las Vegas was busy internet hosting one other one among its widespread Thriller Bounty tournaments.
The $1,600 buy-in occasion attracted 3,715 entrants over a trio of beginning flights, and on Monday the surviving 404 gamers returned for Day 2 motion. They have been already within the cash however have been additionally battling for bounties starting from $500 as much as $250,000 along with 15 Virgin Voyage Cruise Packages that had been added.
Up for grabs was a prime bounty of $250,000, whereas 4 $100,000 bounties have been accessible. From there, gamers had a shot at eight $50K bounties and 10 bounties apiece on the $25K and $10K value level. There have been additionally $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, and $500 bounties accessible.
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Winner, Winner, $250K Dinner
It took simply over 4 hours of play when the sector had been diminished to roughly 130 gamers earlier than the massive $250,000 envelope was drawn. Dave McGowan, a 40-year-old from Chicago who works in finance, had scored 5 eliminations and was ready for the proper time to redeem his tickets.
He used two up and drew small bounty quantities, after which simply earlier than the second break of the day determined to redeem the opposite three.
“I had 5 bounties. I positively bought fortunate on a minimum of two of the 5,” he stated. “My girlfriend, Jackie, has been right here with me all week. I texted her that I used to be going to drag, so I requested her to come back down and watch. My buddy Todd got here too. Having buddies and family members watching makes it even higher.”
He continued: “I really feel fairly good. I perceive how fortunate I used to be to drag it. Actually glad about it, clearly. This occasion has been incredible and that is the cherry on prime. I believe in these tournaments it’s important to perceive what the bounties are value, and I attempted to amass as many chips as I might after which calling very mild to use that.”
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McGowan is not any stranger to poker success in Vegas. Again in October 2021, he completed runner-up to Gediminas Uselis within the MSPT Venetian $1,600 Predominant Occasion for $210,202. Not together with the bounty, McGowan has almost $600K in lifetime event earnings in response to the Hendon Mob.
The perfect half is McGowan isn’t finished. As of publication, he nonetheless has chips and never solely a chance to go deep within the event but additionally at extra bounties.
“I believe they are saying it’s higher to be fortunate than good, and I believe I’ve to agree at this level,” he stated. “However we’re nonetheless on this event, we have now a bunch of bigs, so it’d be fairly candy to take the $250K after which run deep on this factor.”
Ren Lin’s Again-to-Again Massive Draw
Again in October, GGPoker crew member Ren Lin had a deep run within the WPT 5 Diamond World Poker Basic at Bellagio, finally ending in eighth place for $129,000. He was capable of prime that quantity on Monday because of a pair of back-to-back massive envelope attracts.
On the second break of the day, Lin bought in line to redeem some tickets. One in all them was for a $50,000 bounty, and whereas that was thrilling, the following one was twice nearly as good as he pulled $100,000!
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Like McGowan, Lin was nonetheless alive within the event, which meant he had extra alternatives at massive cash. The event isn’t anticipated to conclude till the early morning hours of Tuesday, however PokerNews will make sure to embody ends in our subsequent facet occasion recap from the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.
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