The Golden Nugget Poker Room is easily one of the best rooms in the country and recently it played host to the brand’s most recent poker competition dubbed the Grand Poker Series. The Grand Poker Series was held at Nugget’s iconic poker room, thus attracting novice and experienced poker players alike to downtown Las Vegas. The series kicked off on May 3rd and was concluded recently on July 3rd boasting an excess of $3 million on offer.
The poker series featured a total of 81 events and included an array of poker variants. Some of what was on offer include Limit 2-7 Lowball, Big O, Triple Stud, Pot-Limit Omaha, Mixed Triple Draw Lowball, and H.O.R.S.E.
The first tournament, Event #1, kicked off on May 31st. This first event was a Dealer’s choice six-handed offering a guarantee of $5,000. The second event was a $150 Daily No Limit Hold’em with a guarantee of $10,000 while the third event was a $200 Big-O. The fourth event of the day was a $125 Nightly No Limit Hold’em with a guarantee of $3,000.
The poker tournament action flowed into the next day starting with a $250 H.O.R.S.E. event that had a guarantee of $5,000. This was followed up by the $200 Pot Limit Omaha, dubbed Fire Til You’re Tired! Which featured re-buys worth $100, as well as daily No-Limit Hold’em competitions.
Although each of these tournaments discussed above had a little something for everybody, the highlight of the series was no doubt Event #10, the No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $200 buy-in. This tournament offered an impressive guarantee of $250,000 and offered poker players an option of 9 starting flights to pick from.
A few days after Event #10, the $200 NL Hold’em tournament with a guarantee of $250,000 was held. This tournament also gave players 9 starting flights to choose from starting on June 9th and ending on the 12th. Unlike event 10, this tournament gave the participants unrestricted re-entry.
For those poker players preferring Mystery Bounty tournaments, the Grand Poker series also organized a Mystery Bounty NLHE. This tournament had a buy-in of $300 and offered poker players in Vegas a chance to walk away with a slice of the $250,000 guarantee. This event took place between June 17th and 20th and included 9 starting flights as well.
Another major tournament during the Grand Poker series was event 55, an NHLE with a $1000 buy-in. Despite the modest buy-in, this competition offered the participants an opportunity to take home a piece of the $1 million guarantee. This tournament started on June 24th and concluded on June 27th.
The Grand Poker series finally ended the festivities with a No-Limit Hold’em Championship with a buy-in of $600. This event commenced on June 30th and was concluded on July 3rd. The final event of the series offered participants 3 starting flights to pick from in their quest to be crowned online poker champion of the 2022 Grand Poker Series.
Results from the Grand Poker Series
After days of battling each other in various tournaments, the Grand poker series managed to attract thousands of poker players from all corners of the country. In just the first 24 events of the series, the tournament had already attracted 3,786 entries and awarded approximately $656,930 in cash prizes.
In the first 24 events, only one poker player known as Peiheng Chen had managed to walk away with 2 titles, both of which were no-limit hold’em titles. First Peiheng Chen first led the pack in a 60-entry field to walk away winner during the $150 Daily NLH. This $150 Daily NLH win saw Chen take home $2,384.
Next, Chen bested his fellow poker players to claim his second win of the title during Event #18, a Daily NLH with a buy-in of $200. Chen beat an entry field consisting of 212 participants to take home the coveted cash prize of $3,606.
Earlier on in the series, the $250 H.O.R.S.E. also attracted some good numbers. This event saw 126 players signing up, which generated a total prize pool of $24,570. This pool was distributed among the first 16 finishers. Some well-known names that registered for this tournament include Gregory Bash, Bonnie Porri, Leo Weaver, Kathy Chang, Angelo Fuscone, Joe Harbeh, as well as Duke Viveros.
The final table also featured James Van Alstyne who bested all these participants named above to emerge the winner of the H.O.R.S.E. tournament and the winner’s cash prize of $6,395. James Van Alstyne is a well-known H.O.R.S.E. veteran that once walked away with $247,033 and a gold bracelet during event 31 in 2009’s WSOP.
One of the most highly anticipated tournaments, Event #10 with a $200 saw the entry of 1,482 poker players across 5 starting flights. This event was an NLH tournament promising a guarantee of $250,000. The first 122 finishers successfully made the money on the second day and included famous poker players such as David Atwood, Shawn Carr, Zachary Grandstaff, Mariano Dirittorio, Anthony Regis, as well as Allison De Souza.
Renowned poker player Katie Kopp was also at the final table. However, she managed to finish in third place, which earned her the cash prize of $17,885. Kopp recently won her first gold bracelet during this year’s WSOP. When she was eliminated in third place, this left Boston’s Logan Moon and Vegas’ very own Brandon Mulcrone to battle each other for the first 2 spots.
In the end, it was Brandon Mulcrone that would finish in the first place thus taking home the top prize of $38,600. Another big tournament to attract more than 1000 entries were event 73m a GTD Championship that saw 1,310 poker players signing up. In total, this tournament would end up with a massive prize pool of $668,100 that was then distributed among the first 165 finishers.
Finally, at the final table, professional poker player Spencer Champlin beat Quentin Scaglia in a heads-up battle to win the tournament and $111,715. The Grand poker series had also organized a ladies’ event that saw Jill Bowen emerge the winner, which allowed her to go home $3,879 richer.