The hype for the 2022 World Poker Tour World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas has been growing ever since the record-breaking $15 million guaranteed $10,400 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event was announced back in June. Now, after months of build-up, the series is finally here.
The series spans from Dec. 1-20, with $22 million in guaranteed prize money across 23 events. The first tournament on the schedule was a $500,000 guaranteed $600 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The tournament sported six total starting flights, and when all was said and done a total of 2,999 entries had been made. As a result of this huge turnout, the guarantee was more than tripled, with $1,559,480 in total prize money eventually awarded.
Late on Sunday, Dec. 4, the event came to a close with Sean Banahan securing the trophy and the top prize of $136,220 after striking a deal. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Jesse Lonis took home $122,184 as the runner-up.
This win was the first-ever six-figure score for Banahan. Prior to this victory, his largest cash came when he finished second in a $1,100 buy-in event during the 2021 Wynn Winter Classic for $80,000. The Twin Falls, ID resident now has more than $270,000 in lifetime cashes to his name.
Final table results: