The WinStar River Poker Series $2,500 Main Event is now in the books. The tournament drew 807 entries who challenged their luck and tested their skills against each other at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Tuesday. In the end, it was 20-Year-Old Will Pengelly wins the first prize of $249,310 for outlasting his many opponents.
He skipped avoided at the University of North Texas in order to play The WinStar River Poker Series Main Event, which started from 1-4 September, and it has clearly paid off. The player belonged to a 5-way deal which slightly decreased the pay-out to the ultimate champion while adding a little bit much more to the remainder associated with the bargain. Four of the top five eventually took home prizes in excess of $200k.
At this age, this sort of money is a dream come true and it’s probably a wonderful start to what could be a fruitful career in poker for Will Pengelly. He has been a cash game player at WinStar since he turned 18 but never cashed in a tournament until this one.
“I think of tournaments kind of like the lottery,” he said. “Many people enter and one player wins a lot of money. Today, that happened to be me.”
It has been a successful poker tournament that has seen involvement by a variety of poker pros, with everyone fighting it out for an item of the $2-million prize pool.
|1st||Will Pengelly||United States||$249,310*|
|2nd||Ekrem Bozkurt||United States||$215,170*|
|3rd||Jeff Banghart||United States||$206,570*|
|4th||Ricky Green||United States||$205,710*|
|5th||Dean Baranowski||United States||$144,000*|
|6th||Matthew Bray||United States||$75,440|
|7th||Alan Cummins||United States||$58,580|
|8th||Johnny Deas||United States||$46,060|
|9th||Brian Green||United States||$36,640|
Among the familiar faces have been Maria Ho, Rainer Kempe, Dan Heimiller and Ben Zamani, who took down the event last year. Unfortunately for these players, they were not able to survive into the final round.
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