From April 6-24, Wynn Poker played host to the Wynn Signature Series, which was comprised of a dozen events offering more than $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The series ultimately catered to a combined 4,401 entrants and awarded $2,324,655 in prize money. Among those to walk away with titles were Ben Palmer ($600 NLH $250K GTD for $58,262), Andrew Donabedian ($400 PLO Turbo $20K GTD for $9,772), and Tuan Mai ($400 NLH $40K GTD for $14,928), just to name a few.

Here’s a look at a few other big winners and stories from the 2022 Wynn Signature Series.

Alexander Mazzola Wins Main Event

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The series concluded with a $1,100 buy-in, $500K GTD NLH tournament from April 21-24. That event attracted 767 entries who created a $747,825 prize pool that was paid out to the top 83 finishers including Jesse Lonis (66th – $2,707), Cole Ferraro (60th – $3,040), Patrick Eskandar (37th – $3,913), Ping Liu ((30th – $4,461), and final table bubble boy Nikhil Gera (10th – $11,833).

The final table was comprised of some familiar faces including Joey Weissman (7th – $19,817), 1997 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event runner-up John Strzemp (4th – $42,650), and Matt Affleck (3rd – $59,748).

The final two players agreed to an even heads-up chip that saw them each take home $110,376 in prize money. Jim Agate officially finished as runner-up while Alexander Mazzola claimed the trophy and title of champion.

Wynn Signature Series $1,100 NLH Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Alexander Mazzola Las Vegas, NV $110,376*
2 James Agate Las Vegas, NV $110,376*
3 Matt Affleck Las Vegas, NV $59,748
4 John Strzemp Las Vegas, NV $42,650
5 Brandon Fujii Las Vegas, NV $31,857
6 Raul Garza Alton, TX $24,678
7 Joey Weissman Las Vegas, NV $19,817
8 Peiwen Wang Irvine, CA $16,452
9 Thomas Zanot Las Vegas, NV $13,874

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Gary Simpson the Best Bounty Hunter

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Another major event on the schedule was the $600 buy-in, $400K GTD Wynn Mystery Bounty event from April 13-17. That tournament attracted 1,247 entrants over four starting flights, which create a $648,440 prize pool, of which $249,400 was devoted to the mystery bounty pool.

The top 135 finishers got pair a piece of the regular prize pool including Eric Baldwin (52nd – $1,651), Nikhil Gera (27th – $2,382), Mark Seif (21st – $2,716), Eric Rivkin (8th – $7,682), and Anatolii Zyrin (4th – $19,952).

After Lam Dang Nguyen bowed out in third place for $28,172, the final two players worked a deal. Eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner David Larson ended up taking second place for $48,575 while Gary Simpson of Rancho Santa Margarita, California claim the title and $54,469 in prize money.

Wynn Signature Series $600 Mystery Bounty Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize (not including any bounties)
1 Gary Simpson Rancho Santa Margarita, CA $54,469*
2 David Larson Las Vegas, NV $48,575*
3 Lam Dang Nguyen Garden Grove, CA $28,172
4 Anatolii Zyrin Russia $19,952
5 Sebastian Crema Canada $14,756
6 Jose De Los Reyes Las Vegas, NV $11,512
7 Robert March Las Vegas, NV $9,250
8 Eric Rivkin Laguna Woods, CA $7,682
9 Changliang Deng Mountain House, CA $6,482

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Rex Clinkscales Wins $400 NLH Freezeout

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On April 11, the $400 NLH Freezeout $25K GTD attracted 111 runners and offered up a $38,295 prize pool to the top 13 finishers. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Sascha Masloch (10th – $961), Gerald Ford (11th – $961), Adolfo Marquez (12th – $839), and Christopher Flint (13th – $839).

Some familiar names at the final table were Patrick Lacey (6th – $1,815), Mark Liedtke (5th – $2,259), and David “The Maven” Gutfreund (4th – $3,064). In the end, it was former poker pro Rex Clinkscales besting Stephen Decker in heads-up play to win the Wynn trophy and $11,149 top prize.

$400 NLH Freezeout Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Rex Clinkscales Las Vegas, NV $11,149
2 Stephen Decker Denver, CO $8,000
3 Josephine Garcia Flint UK $4,481
4 David Gutfreund Las Vegas, NV $3,064
5 Mark Liedtke Las Vegas, NV $2,259
6 Patrick Lacey Marlton, NJ $1,815
7 Tyler Huculak Las Vegas, NV $1,524
8 Robert McMillan Prescott, AZ $1,292
9 Sascha Plath Germany $1,111

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2022 Wynn Signature Series Winners

*Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown/Country Prize*            
6-Apr $400 Seniors NLH $40K GTD 205 $70,725 Robert Goldstein Las Vegas, NV $16,256            
10-Apr $400 NLH $40K GTD 146 $50,370 Mikal Smith Chandler, AZ $15,191            
April 7-10 $600 NLH $250K GTD 697 $362,440 Ben Palmer Las Vegas, NV $58,262            
9-Apr $400 PLO Turbo $20K GTD 67 $23,115 Andrew Donabedian Las Vegas, NV $9,772            
11-Apr $400 NLH Freezeout $25K GTD 111 $38,295 Rex Clinkscales Las Vegas, NV $11,149            
13-Apr $600 NLH Mystery Bounty $400K GTD 1,247 $648,440 Gary Simpson Rancho Santa Margarita, CA $54,469            
12-Apr $400 Limit Omaha 8/B $25K GTD 94 $32,430 Hicham Chami Las Vegas, NV $10,739            
12-Apr $400 NLH $40K GTD 146 $50,370 Jeffrey Allen Santa Rosa, CA $12,605            
April 18-21 $400 NLH $100K GTD 562 $193,890 Vincent Freeman Memphis, TN $39,186            
20-Apr $400 NLH $3K Survivor $100 Bounty 171 $41,895 13 Winners N/A $3,000            
April 21-24 $1,100 NLH $500K GTD 767 $747,825 Alexander Mazzola Las Vegas, NV $110,376            
24-Apr $400 NLH $40K GTD 188 $64,860 Tuan Mai San Jose, CA $14,928            

The Wynn released the schedule for the 2022 Wynn Summer Classic, which is scheduled to take place from May 31-July 20 alongside the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) on the same dates. Click here for more details.

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