Day 2 completed
Players Info - Day 2
Day 2 completed
On Tuesday, the surviving 211 players from a 1,518-entry field returned for Day 2 action in the Wynn Summer Classic $1,600 Mystery Bounty Event. The tournament, which surpassed its $1.5 million guarantee by offering up a $2,201,100 prize pool, offered a unique format in which participants drew mystery envelopes with bounties ranging from $500-$100,000.
After a 16-hour day, it was Israel’s Uri Reichenstein emerging victorious to claim the title and $217,948 top prize. In addition, he collected over $30,000 in bounties.
The score marked the third-largest of Reichenstein’s career behind the $913,660 he received for finishing second to Sebastian Malec in the 2016 EPT Barcelona Main Event and $875,677 for placing runner-up in the 2019 EPT Barcelona High Roller.
Wynn Mystery Bounty Final Table Results
There was also a $1,442,100 main prize pool up for grabs to the top 152 finishers, and among those to cash were Mike Dentale (11th - $19,399), Dan “DQ” Hendrickson (13th - $16,694), Javier Zarco (17th - $12,543), AJ Kelsall (25th - $8,366), Shannon Shorr (28th - $7,351), Shankar Pillai (38th - $6,506), Brian Hastings (43rd - $6,506), and Ben Farrell (63rd - $4,710).
Final Table Action
France’s Victor Choupeaux began the final table second in chips, but a bluff gone wrong against Reichenstein knocked him down to size. Not long after, he got his stack all in preflop with queens flipping against the ace-king of Luke Blindert. The ladies held through the flop and turn, but an ace on the river delivered a dagger through the Frenchman’s heart.
WSOP bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli was the next to fall after failing to get lucky with ace-three suited against the two black eights of Erik Koch, and then Michael Young followed him out the door losing a flip with pocket sixes to the ace-queen of Carlos Franco.
Blindert then used ace-king to eliminate David Mzareulov, who got it in with king-jack, and the coolered Austin Peck aces over kings all in preflop. That gave Blindert half the chips in play four-handed.
However, Reichenstein scored the next two eliminations to enter heads-up play at a slim chip disadvantage against Blindert. Before too long, he seized the lead before the final hand saw Blidnert go for a bluff only to get called by Reichenstein holding a queen-high flush draw. Little did he know his queen-high was actually the best hand, which held.
Mystery Bounty Winners
What began with 211 envelopes was whittled down to approximately 35 before the top bounty of $100,000 was awarded.
After being eliminated from the tournament in 55th place for $5,210, New Jersey's Jay Kavoor opted to redeem his last bounty ticket. Earlier in the day, he redeemed one and won $2,500, which wasn't a bad score. Well, he topped it significantly on the second pull to bring his total payout for the day up to $107,710!
Here’s a look at those who captured the bigger bounties that were up for grabs:
The Wynn Summer Classic continues with the $3,500 buy-in, $1 million GTD No-Limit Hold’em Event. That tournament, which starts players with 30,000 in chips and plays 40-minute levels, offers a pair of starting flights at Noon on Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8 respectively. The surviving players will then return for Day 2 at Noon on Friday, July 9.
Level 35 (250,000/500,000/250,000)
During the course of heads-up play, Uri Reichenstein was able to pull into a chip lead.
In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Reichenstein raised the button to 900,000 and Luke Blindert called.
Blindert checked the flop and Reichenstein continued for 800,000. Blindert woke up with a check-raise to 2.3 million, Reichenstein called, and the appeared on the turn.
Blindert moved all in for 11.3 million and Reichenstein hit the tank.
"I'm going to have to gamble with you," he said while spiking in a stack.
"You've got me," Blindert admitted.
Reichenstein had a flush draw but his queen-high was actually good. The river was a brick and Blindert was eliminated in second place.
As such, Reichenstein collected the last four unredeemed bounties, including the remaining $5,000.
Level 34 (200,000/400,000/200,000)
Erik Koch moved all in for 4,525,000 from the small blind and Uri Reichenstein called from the big.
The flop was interesting in that it gave Koch an up-and-down straight draw and Reichenstein a flush draw. The turn completed the flush and Koch was left drawing dead headed to the river.
Level 33 (150,000/300,000/150,000)
Carlos Franco moved all in for 3.225 million first to act and Uri Reichenstein called from the big blind.
The left Franco in an even worse spot, and he was drawing to just a chop after the turn. It didn't happen though as the bricked out for him on the river.
Level 33 (150,000/300,000/300,000)
Preflop action exploded between Austin Peck and Luke Blindert that resulted in the former getting all in for 6.275 million.
It was a cooler and unfortunately for Peck he was on the wrong end. The board ran out a clean and Blindert continued to roll.
Level 32 (125,000/250,000/250,000)
Action folded to Luke Blindert in the small blind and he simply moved all in, which prompted David Mzareulov to call off for around 1.3 million in the big.
Blindert was a heavy favorite with Big Slick and his position only improved on the flop. The turn left Mzareulov drawing dead and he bowed out in sixth place after the meaningless was run out on the river.
Along with the $40,408 he received for his deep run, Mzareulov also won one of the $25,000 bounties earlier in the day.
Level 32 (125,000/250,000/250,000)
Michael Young moved all in for around 2.5 million from middle position and Carlos Veidas called out of the big blind.
It was a flip but not after the flop fell to pair Veidas. Neither the turn nor river helped Young and he fell in seventh place.
Veidas claimed that the bounty he collected was his first of the tournament, even including the $100 bounties paid out on Day 1.
Level 31 (100,000/200,000/200,000)
Poker pro Bryan Piccioli got his short stack of 1.5 million all in preflop and looking to get lucky against Erik Koch.
The flop made things interesting by giving Koch top set but Piccioli a flush draw. Unfortunately for the latter, neither the turn nor river helped and he was eliminated from the tournament.
Koch immediately redeemed his mystery bounty ticket and nabbed one of the two remaining $5,000 bounties.