WinStar River Poker $2.5 Million GTD Main Event


Aug 2015

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WinStar River Poker $2.5 Million GTD Main Event

The WinStar River Poker $2.5 Million GTD Main Event will be taking place from September 4th through the 8th, at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. As the name suggests, the prize pool will total $2.5 million, with $1 million guaranteed for first place. The Main Event will be the final tournament being played as the WinStar River Series started on August 27 and will continue until the Main Even winner is determined. The tournaments that are being featured during the entire Series include:

  • Event #1: $350 + $50 Re-Entry Event ($300K guaranteed)
  • Event #2: $1,100 Re-Entry Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Event #3: $500 $100K GTD Deepstack NLH
  • Event #4: $300 Turbo NLH Re-Entry
  • Event #5: $1,100 Deepstack $100K GTD NLH Re-Entry
  • Event #6: $2,400 + $100 Re-Entry Main Event
  • Event #7: $1,100 Bounty NLH Turbo Re-Entry

Maria Ho, WinStar ambassador, stated that “This will be the sixth year in a row that I’ve been going to the River Poker Series and each and every year is bigger and better than the last.” It will be even bigger than the previous tournaments seeing as how PokerNews will be covering the action with their live report. Last year there were 1,323 entries, and that number is expected to increase this year.

The Main Event will start players off with 25,000 in chips, and 40-minute levels of Day 1, followed by 60-minute levels during Day 2 and 3. Simply by taking a look at previous years we can see that the champion had to beat quite a few opponents during that week long battle to reach the final table and ultimately walk away with the cash. The winners of the last 7 years are:

Year Entries Winner Prize
2014 1,323 Jason Helder $1,000,000
2013 1,108 Kaophone Inthavong $473,900
2012 1,394 Aaron Massey $651,559
2011 1,355 Bronson Tucker $640,400
2010 1,436 Khoueng Souvoravong $646,690
2009 1,500 Bobby Hempkins $710,000
2008 1,450 Jim Carroll $700,000

This will be the second year that the WinStar Main Event will give $1 million to first place, so it should start to attract larger and more diverse audiences. Be sure to check out all of the updates as PokerNews reports live, and see which player will walk away with a cool million using only his poker talent.