The Wynn Classic Poker tournament came to a dramatic conclusion as the final table of the $10,000 buy-in main event was held on Sunday.
When the dust cleared, Zachary Hyman emerged as the champion and claimed the $729,033 first place prize.
Second place went to Ted Lawson, who earned $384,120, while Chris Moore took third place and the $192,060 award.
Hyman entered the final table round with a relatively short stack (seventh overall). He rallied, however, and got the best of several world class players and former champions.
They included Mike "The Mouth" Matusow (fifth, $76,824), Scott Fischman (sixth, $57,618), Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (seventh, $48,015), Johnny "The Orient Express" Chan (eighth, $38,412) and Chau Giang (ninth, $34,571).
The three-day event began on Thursday with 198 players, each of whom ponied up the $10,000 buy-in. Other notable players who were eliminated earlier include David Levi, Kathy Liebert, Barry Greenstein, Gus Hansen and Antonio Esfandiari.
The main event brought to a close the inaugural edition of the Wynn Poker Classic. By all accounts, the poker tournament was a resounding success, both for the poker room as well as the players.
Prior to the tournament, Deborah Giardina, Wynn’s director of poker operations, said the Wynn Poker Classic was just the first step in the casino’s venture into high-level poker tournaments.
Although she couldn’t discuss specifically what the future held for the poker room, she intimated that nationally televised events — such as the World Poker Tour or World Series Circuit — could be among "bigger and better things" on the Wynn poker room horizon.
The Wynn Poker Classic began February 22 with a $500 buy-in event that attracted nearly 700 players. Leading up to last week’s finale, the Classic has featured a nice mix of events, including Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo Split events, as well as a rare limit hold’em event and a mixed (H.O.S.) event. Not counting the opening event, buy-ins ranged from $1,000 to $3,000.
For more information about poker at Wynn Las Vegas, check out its web site, wynnpoker.com.