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
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1||Jinho Hong||South Korea||$696,011|
|2||Andrew Moreno||United States||$460,529|
|4||Ankush Mandavia||United States||$224,508|
|6||James Romero||United States||$129,041|
|7||Stephan Nussrallah||United States||$103,850|
|9||Jampa Dothar||United States||$72,764|