Ex-Pro-Gamer Jinho Hong Wins Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 Championship ($696,011)

Jinho Hong

The Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship attracted 1,428 entrants, generating a prize pool of $4,605,300. On Tuesday, June 28, only 24 players returned for Day 3, all looking to outlast their competitors to claim a top prize of $696,011.

Once the dust settled after a grueling 15 hours of play, the former South Korean pro turned poker player Jinho Hong emerged victorious, beating the winner of the Wynn Millions 2021 Andre Moreno face to face.

“I feel good,” Hong said when asked what the win meant to him. “I’ve been to Vegas three times and that’s when I got results.”

This tournament was not the main reason for Hong’s visit, who says he now has his sights set on higher goals. “Hopefully this win will lead to another WSOP Main Event win,” he said. “I’ll go get the bracelet.”

Hong credits much of his recent poker success to his experience as a player, especially playing Starcraft.

“I think being a professional player really helps because it requires a lot of multitasking,” he points out, quoting other successful poker pros such as Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellierwho first played Starcraft before switching to poker as examples of what he sees as a larger trend.

2022 Wynn Summer Classic Championship Final Table Results

Square Player Country Price (in USD)
1 Jinho Hong South Korea $696,011
2 Andre Moreno United States $460,529
3 Diego Sanchez Mexico $316,407
4 Ankush Mandavia United States $224,508
5 Arsenii Karmatckii Russia $165,791
6 james romero United States $129,041
seven Stephan Nussrallah United States $103,850
8 Daniel Smiljkovic Germany $86,119
9 Jampa Dotar United States $72,764

With a number of short stacks throughout the day, it’s no surprise that the game started at a fast pace with a slew of eliminations in the first two tiers, including Michael Rossitto (22nd – $30,483), Terence Reid (16th – $40,068) and Nicolas Noguera (15th – $46,159). Once the stacks flattened out somewhat and pay raises became a bigger consideration, that pace slowed considerably. Still, the final table of nine was set before the dinner break when Yuki Kashihara (10th – $61,950) got the rest of his chips with a dominated ace against Hong and failed to improve.

Final table

Final table
A preview of the final table.

Jampa Dotar was one of the shortest stacks going into the final table and eventually fell when his ace-jack couldn’t beat Hong’s cowboys. German online phenomenon Daniel Smiljkovic was next to go, first losing the majority of his stack when, in a blind versus blind showdown, his pair of threes couldn’t improve against by James Romero pocket tens, then hit the rail after running his remaining stack into Diego Sanchezit is rockets.

A few hands later Stephan Nussrallah hit the rail after losing a flip to Moreno. At this point, the remaining six players discussed a deal, but no consensus could be reached, so play continued.

What followed was one of the major turning points for the final table and the tournament in general. Romero and Hong got their two big stacks pre-flop in a classic run with Hong’s ladies holding against Romero’s Big Slick to propel the Korean into a huge chip lead while sending Romero home.

Shortly after this huge confrontation, Arsenii Karmatckii was rivered by Moreno and therefore forced out. Following the Russian’s elimination, negotiations over the deal resumed but as before, no deal was reached.

Andre Moreno
Andre Moreno

The short stack Ankush Mandavia was next to fall, getting most of his chips preflop with a pair of sixes against Moreno, who held an ace-ten and ended up making a full house to force Mandavia out of the tournament in fourth position.

The three-handed game continued for a while with Sanchez starting and remaining consistently short-stacked, repeatedly finding ways to survive, including when his ace-six beat Hong’s pocket tens. . His luck eventually turned, however, when he lost a flip for the rest of his stack against Moreno.

Moreno entered the head-to-head game with a nearly 2:1 chip advantage. This didn’t seem to bother Hong, who gradually wore down Moreno’s mat. It was mostly a battle of attrition, with the two settling into the exchange of numerous small pots. With the blinds ever increasing, something had to give and it happened when Moreno put the rest of his chips in the middle with bottom pair on the flop only to see Hong turn over the kings of the pair for the overpair. The Kings held, giving Hong the win and his biggest live cash. Moreno, meanwhile, was forced to settle for a not too shabby consolation prize of $460,529.

Jinho Hong
Jinho Hong and Andrew Moreno shake hands.

Congratulations to Jinho Hong for winning the Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship. The 2022 Wynn Summer Classic continues – click here to view the remaining schedule – and PokerNews will return on July 17 to offer live updates of the $1,600 Mystery Bounty.

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  • South Korean Jinho Hong, a former professional player, won the @WynnPoker Summer Classic Main Event for $696,000.

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