Mike Leah, George Tomescu Among Latest Big Winners in WPT World Championship Festival

Mike Leah, George Tomescu Among Latest Big Winners in WPT World Championship Festival

The $40 million guaranteed World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship event hasn't even begun, but there's already been a number of big winners during the series at Wynn Las Vegas.

On Monday, the largest guaranteed prize pool in poker history kicks off, and everyone in the poker world is talking about it. But before looking ahead to that historic event, we look back to honor those who've performed at a high level, winning Wynn replica trophies over the past few days.

Canadian Leah Takes Down 8-Game

Mike Leah, one of the top Canadian tournament grinders ever, won yet another tournament this past week the $2,200 8-Game. Doing so paid him $78,841, bringing his career cashes over $8.2 million, according to The Hendon Mob.

As is the case with most mixed game events, the champion had to defeat a difficult final table to come out ahead. Matthew Vengrin (seventh place for $10,950), David "Bakes" Baker (fifth place for $18,688), and Dzmitry Urbanovich (fourth place for $25,258) all reached the final table.

Leah defeated Luigi D'Santoro, a Pennsylvania native with minimal live tournament results, heads-up to win the title. The runner-up received $48,676 as a consolation prize, a career-best score. Leah, a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, added another piece of hardware to his trophy case. He had to beat out a field of 146 entrants to secure the top prize out of the $291,000 pot.

$2,200 8-Game Final Table Results

1Mike Leah$78,841
2Luigi D'Santoro$48,676
3Caleb Shumard$34,018
4Dzmitry Urbanovich$25,258
5David "Bakes" Baker$18,688
6Alan Myerson$14,016
7Matthew Vengrin$10,950
8Jon Turner$8,833

Lisa Costello Wins WPT Ladies Championship

Tomescu with a Massive Score

The $1,600 Mystery Bounty at Wynn attracted a huge field with 3,421 entrants all chasing the $500,000 first place prize, along with the mystery bounties that came with it. At the end of the day, however, nobody could outlast George Tomescu, who won a total of $564,202, including bounties, the biggest share of the $3,215,740 prize pool.

Much like every other event during the series thus far, the guarantee $2 million was smashed. Tomescu, a Romanian pro with just $280,000 in prior live tournament cashes, beat Jiacong Zhang ($324,347) heads-up at the very end. Both players went home with life-changing money, as did Jack Hardcastle in third place ($249,61) and fourth place finisher Matthew McEwan ($192,754).

$1,600 Mystery Bounty Final Table Results

1George Tomescu$564,202*
2Jiacong Zhang$324,347
3Jack Hardcastle$249,761
4Matthew McEwan$192,754
5Todd Turoci$148,507
6Fausto Valdez$113,136
7David Levy$85,014
8Dany Fuhs$62,463
9Ubaid Habib$44,396

*Indicates prize won includes mystery bounties.

Larson Wins Seniors Event

The $1,100 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em event at Wynn brought in 146 players aged 55 and above. One of those individuals is David Larson, who was the best of the bunch. Larson, a local player, received $141,385 for winning the tournament, a large chunk of the $780,850.

Renyong Hu was the runner-up, which paid $92,548. George Heim took third place for $71,182, while Scott Buller claimed fourth place for $55,784. Larson now has over $1.9 million in career live tournament cashes, and this is his largest score ever.

1David Larson$141,385
2Renyong Hu$92,548
3George Heim$71,182
4Scott Buller$55,784
5Larry Gerek$43,279
6Lawrence Greenberg$32,941
7Ryan Biggar$24,580
8Ira Friedman$18,241
9Juli Black$13,059

Remaining WPT World Championship Schedule

Dec. 12-21WPT World Championship$10,400$40,000,000
Dec. 12-13HORSE Championship$1,100$100,000
Dec. 13Pot-Limit Omaha$1,100$100,000
Dec. 15No-Limit Holdem Turbo ($500 Bounty)$1,100$100,000
Dec. 16No-Limit Holdem Progressive Bounty (PKO)$3,000$500,000
Dec. 17-18Limit Omaha/8 Championship$1,100$100,000
Dec. 17-20No-Limit Holdem$3,000$3,000,000
Dec. 17-18No-Limit Holdem High Roller$25,700
Dec. 18-19WPT Big One for One Drop$1,000,000
Dec. 19-23No-Limit Holdem$1,600$2,000,000
Dec. 19-20Seniors High Roller (50+)$10,000$500,000
Dec. 19No-Limit Holdem 6-Max$3,000$500,000
Dec. 20-21Dealers Choice Championship$3,000$200,000
Dec. 20-21WPT Alpha8$50,000
Dec. 21Pot-Limit Omaha$10,500
Dec. 22No-Limit Holdem$1,100$200,000
Dec. 23No-Limit Holdem$1,100$100,000

Multiple Big Winners Already Crowned in WPT World Championship Festival

WPT World Championship Festival Winners to Date

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
$600 NLH $1M Gtd4,960$2,554,400Michael Rossitto$366,698
$600 Omaha 8-or-Better152$78,280John Cernuto$20,073
$10,500 NLH 8-Max77$770,000Ian Bradley$240,625
$1,100 PLO/NLH376$364,720Martin Kozlov$74,373
$1,100 Seniors NLH Championship805$780,850Dave Larson$141,385
$1,600 Mystery Bounty3,421$3,215,740George Tomescu$564,202
$2,200 8-Game146$291,000Mike Leah$78,841
$1,100 Ladies Championship457$443,290Lisa Costello$85,297


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