Wynn Classic Winner

Mar 23, 2010 7:10 AM

Bellagio and Caesars next for tourneys

Poker pro Brandon Cantu took the top spot in last week’s Wynn Classic Championship event at Wynn Las Vegas.

The $5,000 buy-in championship event was the main event in this year’s Wynn Classic. The no limit hold’em event attracted a field of 262 players.

For his effort, Cantu took home $363,844 from a total prize pool of $1,173,700.

The win marked Cantu’s second major poker championship in less than a year. At last year’s World Series of Poker, Cantu won a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better event, besting a field of 762 players for a cash prize of $228,867. At the WSOP, Cantu has amassed ten top 10 finishes, made four final tables, won a World Poker Tour (WPT) championship and collected two WSOP gold bracelets.

To date, Cantu has won more than $3.6 million in online poker and land-based tournaments.

Vegas casinos host tourneys in April

In advance of the World Series of Poker which lands in Las Vegas in May, the city’s top casinos are hosting key poker tournaments.

Beginning March 30 and continuing through April 24, the Bellagio hosts its eighth annual Five-Star World Poker Classic.

The tournament features mostly no limit hold’em events with a $1,000 buy-in, with a couple of Pot Limit Omaha events added for good measure.

The Five Star Classic culminates with the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship, set to kick off on April 18. There will be $1,000 Super Satellites beginning April 15 and continuing to the start of the WPT main event.

In addition, winners of the no limit hold’em events prior to the WPT main event will receive $25,000 entries into the championship event.

Later in the month, Caesars Palace will stage its World Series of Poker Circuit, which runs from April 14-30.

The event features several "deep stack" tournaments, with starting chips ranging from 6,000 to 15,000. The event’s WSOP Circuit Championship will be held beginning April 27, and features a buy-in of $5,000 + $150, and starting chips of 25,000.

Prior to the championship event there will be 17 events with buy-ins ranging from $230 to $1080, all no limit hold’em with variations such as Double Stack Turbo, plus a Pot Limit Omaha event on April 22.

Fans vote for WSOP All-Star event

Poker deserves its annual "all-star game" and the World Series of Poker will deliver one with its 2010 Tournament of Champions, scheduled for June 27 during the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

The WSOP will put up $1 million, which will be contested by a field of 27 players.

The free-roll event (there’s no buy-in) will be open to a total of 27 players, 20 of whom will be selected by voting from the public. The vote began on March 15 on the website, www.wsop.com.

To qualify as one of 20 candidates, a player must be a WSOP bracelet holder. There are currently 521 eligible players who can receive votes.

Five entries into the tournament are automatic. The three previous WSOP Tournament of Champions winners gain automatic entry, plus the reigning WSOP champion and the reigning WSOP Europe champion get seats at the table.

Therefore, Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton, Joe Cada and Barry Shulman will make up 5 of the 27 players in this event.

Two sponsor exemptions will be awarded by the WSOP, with details forthcoming on how those seats will be won.