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$3,500 NLH Championship
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Event Info

Buy-in $3,500
Prize Pool $4,605,300
Players 1,428

Level Info

Level 37
Blinds 400,000 / 800,000
Ante 400,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 24

Highlights

Highlights

$3,500 NLH Championship
Day 3 completed

Jinho Hong Comes Out On Top in the Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship ($696,011)

Cottrellmkw • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 400,000 ante
Jinho Hong
Jinho Hong

The Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship attracted 1,428 entrants, generating a prize pool of $4,605,300. On Tuesday, June 28th, just 24 players returned for Day 3, all looking to outlast their competitors to claim a $696,011 first-place prize.

Once the dust settled after a grueling 15 hours of play, South Korean ex-pro gamer turned poker player Jinho Hong emerged victorious, besting 2021 Wynn Millions winner Andrew Moreno in heads-up play.

"I feel great," said Hong when asked what the win meant to him. "I have been to Vegas three times and this is the time I actually got some results".

This tournament was not the primary reason for Hong's visit, who says he now has his eyes set on loftier goals. "Hopefully this win will lead to another win in the WSOP Main Event," he said. "I'm going to go for the bracelet".

Hong attributes much of his recent success in poker to his background as a gamer, specifically playing Starcraft.

"I think it's definitely helped being a pro-gamer because it requires a lot of multi-tasking," He points to other successful poker pros such as Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, who first played Starcraft before transitioning into poker as examples of what he sees as a wider trend.

2022 Wynn Summer Classic Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Jinho HongSouth Korea$696,011
2Andrew MorenoUnited States$460,529
3Diego SanchezMexico$316,407
4Ankush MandaviaUnited States$224,508
5Arsenii KarmatckiiRussia$165,791
6James RomeroUnited States$129,041
7Stephan NussrallahUnited States$103,850
8Daniel SmiljkovicGermany$86,119
9Jampa DotharUnited States$72,764

With a number of short stacks coming into the day, it was no surprise that play began fast-paced with a slew of eliminations in the first couple of levels including Michael Rossitto (22nd - $30,483), Terence Reid (16th-$40,068) and Nicolas Noguera (15th - $46,159). Once stacks had flattened out somewhat and pay jumps became a bigger consideration, that pace slowed down considerably. Still, the final table of nine was set before the dinner break when Yuki Kashihara (10th - $61,950) got the rest of his chips in with a dominated ace against Hong and failed to improve.

Final Table Action

Final Table
A look at the final table.

Jampa Dothar was one of the shorter stacks coming into the final table and ultimately fell when his ace-jack could not overcome Hong's cowboys. German online phenom Daniel Smiljkovic was the next to go, first losing the majority of his stack when, in a blind-on-blind confrontation, his pocket threes could not improve against James Romero's pocket tens, and then hitting the rail after running his remaining stack into Diego Sanchez's rockets.

Just a couple of hands later, Stephan Nussrallah hit the rail after losing a flip against Moreno. At that point, the remaining six players discussed a deal but no consensus could be reached and so play continued.

What followed was one of the major turning points at the final table and in the tournament in general. Romero and Hong got their two large stacks all in preflop in a classic race with Hong's ladies holding against Romero's Big Slick to propel the Korean into a massive chip lead while sending Romero home.

Soon after that huge confrontation, Arsenii Karmatckii was rivered by Moreno and as a result was forced to the exit. Following the Russian's elimination, deal negotiations resumed but as before, no agreement was reached.

The short-stacked Ankush Mandavia was the next to fall, getting most of his chips in preflop with pocket sixes against Moreno, who held ace-ten and ended up turning a full house to force Mandavia out of the tournament in fourth.

Andrew Moreno
Andrew Moreno

Three-handed play continued for quite some time with Sanchez, who began and consistently remained the short stack, repeatedly finding ways to survive, most notably when his ace-six put a beat on Hong's pocket tens. His luck did eventually run out, however, when he lost a flip for the rest of his stack against Moreno.

Moreno entered heads-up play with a nearly 2:1 chip advantage. That did not seem to bother Hong, who gradually wore away at Moreno's stack. It was mostly a battle of attrition, with the two settling into exchanging many small pots. With the blinds ever-increasing, eventually, something had to give and that happened when Moreno got the rest of his chips into the middle with bottom pair on the flop only to see Hong turn over pocket kings for the overpair. The kings held, handing Hong victory and his largest-ever live cash. Moreno, meanwhile, was forced to settle for a not too shabby $460,529 consolation prize.

Congratulations to Jinho Hong on winning the Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship. The 2022 Wynn Summer Classic continues — click here for a look at the remaining schedule — and PokerNews will return on July 17 to offer live updates from the $1,600 Mystery Bounty.

Tags: Andrew MorenoAnkush MandaviaArsenii KarmatckiiDaniel SmiljkovicDiego SanchezJames RomeroJampa DotharJinho HongMichael RossittoNicolas NogueraStephan NussrallahYuki Kashihara

Jinho Hong Wins 2022 Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship for $696,011

BrandonBloom • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 400,000 ante
Jinho Hong
Jinho Hong

South Korea's Jinho Hong has defeated Andrew Moreno in heads-up play to win $696,011 and the Wynn trophy in the 2022 Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship.

Stay tuned for a full recap.

2022 Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Jinho HongSouth Korea$696,011
2Andrew MorenoUnited States$460,529
3Diego SanchezMexico$316,407
4Ankush MandaviaUnited States$224,508
5Arsenii KarmatckiiRussia$165,791
6James RomeroUnited States$129,041
7Stephan NussrallahUnited States$103,850
8Daniel SmiljkovicGermany$86,119
9Jampa DotharUnited States$72,764

Andrew Moreno Eliminated in 2nd Place ($460,529)

BrandonBloom • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 400,000 ante
Andrew Moreno
Andrew Moreno

Jinho Hong raised to 1,900,000 and Andrew Moreno called.

The dealer spread the {8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop, Moreno checked, and Hong bet 1,100,000. Moreno then raised to 4,100,000, Hong moved all in, and Moreno called for his remaining stack.

Andrew Moreno: {q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Jinho Hong: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Moreno ran into Hong's kings and needed to improve to stay alive. The {7-Clubs} turn left him needing a queen or deuce, but the {a-Spades} completed the board to send the South Korean rail into a frenzy, while Moreno was eliminated as runner-up for $460,529 following a great run.

Jinho Hong kr
Jinho Hong
kr 57,200,000 15,200,000
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us Busted

Tags: Andrew MorenoJinho Hong

Hong Widens Gap

Cottrellmkw • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 400,000 ante
Jinho Hong
Jinho Hong

Andrew Moreno opened to 2,500,000 on the button and Jinho Hong made the call.

Action checked through the {j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop to the {6-Spades} turn. Hong then led out for 2,300,000 and Moreno, after some consideration, flatted.

The {8-Diamonds} river paired the board but that did not slow Hong down as he pushed 5,900,000 into the middle. Moreno counted out his stack, shook his head and then called. Hong showed down {q-Spades}{8-Spades} for rivered trips and Moreno, who, judging by his exasperated face had likely been outdrawn, mucked.

Jinho Hong kr
Jinho Hong
kr 42,000,000 6,000,000
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 15,200,000 -6,000,000

Tags: Andrew MorenoJinho Hong

Hong Takes the Lead

BrandonBloom • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 400,000 ante
Jinho Hong
Jinho Hong

Jinho Hong limped and then called when Andrew Moreno raised to 2,900,000.

The {j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop saw Moreno check-call for 1,600,000, and both players checked the {2-Spades} turn.

The {8-Hearts} completed the board, Moreno checked, and Hong moved 3,600,000 over the betting line. Moreno thought about and ultimately put in the calling chips.

Hong tabled {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} which was good for the pot and the lead as Moreno mucked.

Jinho Hong kr
Jinho Hong
kr 36,000,000 9,000,000
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 21,200,000 -9,000,000

Tags: Andrew MorenoJinho Hong

Battle of Attrition

Cottrellmkw • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 400,000 ante
Andrew Moreno
Andrew Moreno

So far, both players have been taking a somewhat cautious approach, exchanging a number of small pots.

Andrew Moreno opened to 2,500,000 from the button and Jinho Hong called to send the two players to the flop.

Hong checked on a flop of {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and folded after Moreno continued for 1,500,00 to keep the two players fairly even in stack size.

Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 30,200,000 -3,200,000
Jinho Hong kr
Jinho Hong
kr 27,000,000 3,200,000

Tags: Andrew MorenoJinho Hong

Level:
37
Blinds:
400,000/800,000
Ante:
400,000

Hong Narrows Gap

BrandonBloom • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 300,000 ante

Jinho Hong raised to 1,500,000 and Andrew Moreno called.

The dealer fanned the {j-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop, Moreno check-called for 1,200,000, and both players checked the {10-Diamonds} turn.

The {7-Diamonds} completed the board, Moreno checked, and Hong bet 2,900,000. Moreno called.

Hong tabled {j-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and collected the pot with top pair as Moreno sent his cards into the muck.

Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 33,400,000 -4,300,000
Jinho Hong kr
Jinho Hong
kr 23,800,000 4,300,000

Tags: Andrew MorenoJinho Hong

Diego Sanchez Eliminated in 3rd Place ($316,407)

Cottrellmkw • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 300,000 ante
Diego Sanchez
Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez moved all in for 12,100,000 from the button and, after asking for a count, Andrew Moreno made the call out of the big blind with the covering stack.

Diego Sanchez: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Andrew Moreno: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

It was a coinflip for hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity. The {10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop pushed Moreno into an almost unassailable lead, though the {9-Clubs} turn did give Sanchez a gutshot. He could not find the required jack, however, on the {9-Spades} river, ending his impressive run in third place that comes with a career-high score of $316,407.

Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 37,700,000 12,400,000
Jinho Hong kr
Jinho Hong
kr 19,500,000 -1,500,000
Diego Sanchez mx
Diego Sanchez
mx Busted

Tags: Andrew MorenoDiego Sanchez