Sean Banahan Tops Field of 2,999 In World Poker Tour World Championship Kickoff Event


Sean Banahan
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:

  1. Sean Banahan – $136 220
  2. Jesse Lonis – $122 184
  3. Richard Alati – $84 433
  4. David Chavez – $82 900
  5. La Sengphet – $61 222
  6. Jatinder Singh – $30 307
  7. Lunique Petiote – $25 915
  8. David Yokoyama – $22 852
  9. Thomas Zanot – $20 227



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