Michael Rocco tops Wynn Winter Classic Championship for $540,800

Los Angeles pro Michael Rocco has taken down the inaugural Wynn Winter Classic Championship, scooping the $540,800 for the biggest cash of his career…

By: Andrew Burnett

The $5,300 buy-in event attracted 557 entries, producing a prizepool of $2,740,440 in which 62 players would share, a min. cash worth a double your money plus some change of $11,619.

Maria Konnikova and Maria Ho both made it to the $$, but neither managed to bag for the third and final day’s play, which saw Justin Bonomo, Matt Glantz, Barry Shulman and Matt Glantz all fall short of the final table.

The final nine would be walking off with at least $50k, the winner looking at 10 x that amount, and it took quite a while to separate them.

Josh Bergmann fell first when his pocket 10s ran into aces and then he lost a race for the what remained of his chips. He was followed to the rail by Hendrix and Soderstrom in 8th and 7th respectively.

It was off to the races with 6 left, Matt Yora’s pair falling to Dyer’s big slick and Joe Kuether’s two overcards failing to catch Ben Farrell’s pocket pair.

Farrell then took out his fellow Englishman Louis Salter in 4th, before falling himself in 3rd after shoving his short stack and failing to catch against Dyer’s suited ace.

Heads-up saw Dyer double-up once, but his hopes ended when he pinned them on an iffy river call in the following hand…

♦ ♥ ♣ ♠

Rocco: K♣ 6♥
Dyer: A♦ Q♣
Board: 6♠ 3♦ K♠ 10♦ 2♥

That gave Rocco his first 6-figure payday in three years, his previous best score of $409,020 coming in the PokerStars Championship High Roller in the Bahamas in January of 2017, a third place behind Luc Greenwood and Nick Petrangelo.

Final Table Results

1 Michael Rocco $540,800
2 Michael Dyer $353,242
3 Ben Farrell $239,789
4 Louis Salter $168,312
5 Joe Kuether $124,690
6 Matt Yorra $96,738
7 Tomas Soderstrom $77,006
8 Adam Hendrix $63,852
9 Josh Bergman $53,987



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