While the $10,000 buy-in, $10M GTD tournament at the 2022 Wynn Millions wrapped up on Friday, the $3,000 NLH $1k Bounty [$200,000 GTD] was also playing to a winner. The two-day event attracted 200 runners, which resulted in a $350,000 prize pool.
On Day 2, just 23 players returned to action with Ben Diebold leading the way. That meant three would leave empty-handed and the unfortunate trio was Mike Dentale, Vikranth Varma, and Jay Marquez.
Among those to finish in-the-money but fall short of the final table were Ryan Laplante (11th - $7,742), Kristen Nyman (13th - $6,790), David Coleman (18th - $4,862), Matas Cimbolas (19th - $4,862), and Chino Rheem (20th - $4,862).
Michael Lim was the first to fall when his ace-jack failed to get there against the ace-king of Albert Nguyen, who followed him out the door after getting picked off by Daniel Couzens, who hit a heater by winning a race with queens against Big Slick to dispatch Salim Admon in seventh.
Adam Hendrix then exited in sixth place after his ace-jack failed to outdraw the ace-queen of Diebold, and then 2017 WSOP bracelet winner Anthony Marquez fell after jamming with a straight draw and failing to get there against pocket queens.
India’s Ankit Ahuja then grew short before busting in fourth place, while Couzens hot streak cooled hard and fast after getting it in twice against Diebold only to be barely pipped both times. In the second, Couzens lost with ace-jack to ace-queen despite flopping a pair and flush draw (an offsuit queen spiked on the turn).
Diebold and Uri Kadosh began heads-up play nearly even in chips but a cooler saw the former double with aces against nines. Not long after, Diebold collected the final $1,000 chip, which was his 14th of the tournament.
2022 Wynn Millions $3,000 NLH $1k Bounty Final Table Results
Prior to the win, Diebold had $590,676 in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob. His prior best score of $75,655 came in April 2018 when he won the Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville. He also finished runner-up in the 2018 WSOP Circuit Cherokee Event #10: $2,200 High Roller for $63,721, and won the 2020 bestbet Jacksonville Fall Frenzy II $1,500 Main Event for $63,182.
In addition to live updates from the 2022 Wynn Millions Main Event, PokerNews is offering coverage from a trio of other events including $1,600 PLO/NLH [$100,000 GTD] (March 08-09, 2022), $3,000 6 Max NLH [$200,000 GTD] (March 09-10, 2022), and $3,000 $1k Bounty [$200,000 GTD] (March 10-11, 2022).