Golden Nugget Awards $4.5 Million in Prize Money During 2022 Grand Poker Series

The Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series kicked off on May 31 and wrapped on July 3. The festival featured 81 events offered over $3 million in guaranteed prize money, and when all was said and done 18,209 entrants had competed and $4,532,670 in prize money was awarded.

The Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series featured poker variants including Pot-Limit Omaha, Big O, Mixed Triple Draw Lowball, Limit 2-7 Lowball, H.O.R.S.E. and Triple Stud.

Only two players managed to capture a pair of titles each. First, Peiheng Chen topped a 60-entry field to win Event #6: $150 Daily NLH for $2,384 and followed it up by winning Event #18: $200 Daily NLH for $3,606. Later in the series, Lanny Pedersen took navigated a field of 123 runners to win Event #41: $200 NLH $25K Daily NLH for $4,827 and then emerged victorious in Event #49: $200 Limit Hold’em for $1,100.

Another highlight of the summer was the $1,100 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD PokerNews Cup, which attracted 1,245 entries and created a $1,207,650 prize pool, which was a record for the largest prize pool in Golden Nugget Las Vegas history. Gary Gelman wound up winning the tournament for $202,725.

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Here’s a look at some other big storylines from the 2022 Grand Poker Series.

Spencer Champlin Wins $500K GTD Championship

Spencer Champlin
Spencer Champlin

Another big tournament to take place was the $600 buy-in Event #73: $500K GTD Championship, which attracted 1,310 entrants and offered up a $668,100 prize pool to the top 165 finishers.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Jessica Vierling (10th – $8,485), Patrick Truong (12th – $8,485), Lindsay Jones (18th – $5,305), Luke Vrabel (22nd – $3,580), Ira Friedman (38th – $2,230), Josh Prager (52nd – $1,965), Sarah Stefan (65th – $1,625), and Justin Lapka (67th – $1,625).

At the final table, it was poker pro Spencer Champlin defeating Quentin Scaglia in heads-up play to win the tournament for $111,715.

Event #73: $500K GTD Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Spencer Champlin $111,715
2 Quentin Scaglia $78,535
3 Tim Burden $50,870
4 Robert Bukala $37,675
5 Rudy Cadenas $28,460
6 Aaron Thomas $22,985
7 Preston McEwen $18,960
8 Felipe Dealmeidaleme $14,990
9 Riley Stahley $11,170

Jill Bowen Wins 2022 Grand Poker Series Ladies Event

Jill Bowen
Jill Bowen

In Event #64: $10K GTD Ladies NLH, 78 runners competed and saw an $11,700 prize pool reserved for the final table of ten players. Making an appearance at the final table were Nicole Lichlyter and Laurel Davis, though they exited in ninth and fourth place for $398 and $965 respectively.

After Gabrielle Tetreault bowed out in third place for $1,427, the title came down to Linda Dietz and Jill Bowen. In the end, Bowen emerged victorious in heads-up play to claim the title and $3,879 top prize.

Event #64: $10K GTD Ladies NLH Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Jill Bowen $3,978
2 Linda Dietz $2,282
3 Gabrielle Tetreault $1,427
4 Laurel Davis $965
5 Rikka Beaust $731
6 Kara Fellowstripp $585
7 Dessiree Bennett $515
8 Theresa Stricklin $468
9 Nicole Lichlyter $398
10 Ginger Rossiter $351

Here’s Everything You Need to Know about Poker at the Golden Nugget!

2022 Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series Results

Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Event #1: $250 Dealer’s Choice 60 $11,700 Dean Joe $4,388
Event #2: $150 Daily NLH 32 $14,300 Joann Lilly $2,756
Event #3: $250 Big-O 91 $13,650 Doug Rettich $4,095
Event #4: $125 Nightly NLH 32 $3,000 Eric Ryan $1,100
Event #5: $250 HORSE 126 $24,570 James Van Alstyne $6,395
Event #6: $150 Daily NLH 60 $10,000 Peiheng Chen $2,384
Event #7: $200 PLO 18 $4,930 Patrick Lacey $2,000
Event #8: $125 Nightly NLH 28 $3,000 Daryl Oppelt $1,100
Event #9: $250 O/8B $10K GTD 162 $31,590 Hicham Chami $5,000
Event #10: $200 NLH $250K GTD 1,482 $250,000 Brandon Mulcrone $38,600
Event #11: $300 Omaha 8/Stud 8 142 $34,080 Derek Bugg $7,783
Event #12: $200 Daily NLH 158 $25,000 Robbin Glover $3,802
Event #13: $125 Nightly NLH 80 $7,200 Daniel Cruz $1,926
Event #14: $300 Mixed Omaha 196 $47,040 Rand Saylor $7,100
Event #15: $200 Daily NLH 148 $25,000 Douglas Hunichen $4,678
Event #16: $125 Nightly NLH 96 $8,640 Joshua Clanton $2,418
Event #17: $200 Mixed Triple Draw 128 $30,720 Kendall Fukomoto $7,995
Event #18: $200 Daily NLH 212 $31,800 Peiheng Chen $3,606
Event #19: $200 Lowball Triple Draw 85 $12,750 Aaron Lashlee $3,760
Event #20: $125 Nightly NLH 85 $7,650 Jora Beit $1,664
Event #21: $200 Pot-Limit Omaha 87 $20,880 James Meono $3,868
Event #22: $200 Daily NLH 157 $25,000 Larry Serebryany $6,000
Event #23: $200 Night HORSE 59 $8,850 Calen McNeil $2,068
Event #24: $125 Nightly NLH 62 $5,580 Michael Boyle $1,109
Event #25: $300 NLH 6-Max 73 $17,520 David Tomaszek $4,382
Event #26: $200 NLH $250K GTD Ultimate Re-Entry 1,687 $218,555 Robert Adams $29,556
Event #27: $300 Stud 8 or Better 79 $18,960 Sharad Mehta $4,734
Event #28: $200 Daily NLH 202 $30,300 Thomas Nefcy $3,818
Event #29: Cheap and Deep 238 $21,420 James Fairneny $5,007
Event #30: Bar Poker Open 1,240 $228,800 Tom Nefcy $37,115
Event #31: Tag Team 168 $25,200 Danielle Kass & Barbara Nutt $4,850
Event #32: $200 Daily NLH 179 $26,850 William Fierro $4,979
Event #33: Green Chip Bounty 223 $14,495 John Volpe $2,176
Event #34: $300 NLH $50K GTD 202 $50,000 Hiren Dharani $4,583
Event #35: $125 Nightly 141 $12,690 Dylan Cummings $3,546
Event #36: $300 NLH Black Chip Bounty 109 $16,350 Domenic Armano $4,400
Event #37: $200 NLH $25K GTD 155 $25,000 Jonathan Kornacki $6,716
Event #38: $125 Nightly 126 $11,340 William Brissenden $2,185
Event #39: $300 NLH $250K GTD Mystery Bounty 1,895 $272,900 Matthew Omeara $38,682
Event #40: $300 $10K Black Chip Bounty PLO 71 $10,650 Brian Kincaid $3,100
Event #41: $200 NLH $25K Daily NLH 123 $25,000 Lanny Pedersen $4,827
Event #42: $125 Nightly 54 $5,000 Charlie Ng $1,448
Event #43: $300 $10K 8-Game Mix 109 $26,160 Dustin Baxter $5,146
Event #44: $200 NLH $25K Daily 167 $25,050 Vincent Barrateaud $4,981
Event #45: $200 Mixed PLO8, Omaha 8, Big-O 66 $9,900 Christopher Nuthak $3,130
Event #46: $125 Nightly 86 $7,740 Serena Malech $1,649
Event #47: $300 Big-O $20K GTD 135 $32,400 Mark Steele $5,005
Event #48: $200 NLH Daily 159 $25,000 James Rees $5,176
Event #49: $200 Limit Hold’em 22 $3,300 Lanny Pedersen $1,100
Event #50: $125 Nightly 90 $8,100 Jerry Meier $1,646
Event #51: NLH Mega Satellite        
Event #52: $200 NLH $25K Daily 202 $30,300 Brian Andrews $4,999
Event $53: $125 Nightly 93 $8,370 Yulei Duan $2,655
Event #54: $400 NLH $100K GTD Seniors 50+ 534 $176,220 Michael Megison $18,464
Event #55: $1,100 PokerNews Cup $1M GTD 1,245 $1,207,650 Gary Gelman $202,725
Event #56: $200 NLH $25K Daily 181 $27,150 Kenneth Heximer $4,360
Event #57: $125 Nightly 96 $8,640 Danny Duelas $1,734
Event #58: $200 NLH $50K Daily NLH 210 $69,300 Lee Seunghwan $15,366
Event #59: $125 Nightly 155 $13,950 Edward Ray $1,679
Event #60: $125 Nightly 153 $13,770 Mario Aguilar $3,050
Event #61: $20K GTD Mixed PLO/NLH 104 $24,960 Christopher Marshall $5,829
Event #62: $200 NLH $25K GTD Daily 182 $27,400 Douglas Fullerton $4,699
Event #63: $125 Nightly 109 $9,810 Theodore Corey $1,877
Event #64: $10K GTD Ladies Event 78 $11,700 Jill Bowen $3,978
Event #65: $200 NLH $25K Daily 206 $30,900 Jeffrey Trina $5,087
Event #66: $200 Omaha 8/B $5K GTD 72 $10,800 Kevin Phillipson $2,900
Event #67: $125 Nightly 82 $7,380 Jeffrey Korb $2,381
Event #68: $400 NLH $50K GTD Super Seniors (60+) 215 $70,950 Walter Guynes $14,000
Event #69: $200 NLH $25K Daily 168 $25,200 Brad Bargman $3,968
Event #70: $200 Triple Stud 54 $8,100 Brandon Pastor $1,328
Event #71: $125 Nightly 92 $8,280 Akilalijr Balt $1,125
Event #72: $600 NLH $50K GTD Seniors (50+) 273 $139,230 Sandra Gibides $17,200
Event #73: $600 Championship NLH ($500K GTD) 1,310 $668,100 Spencer Champlin $111,715
Event #74: $200 NLH $25K Daily 169 $25,350 Tyler Nals $5,537
Event #75: $125 Nightly 101 $9,090 Enching Wu $2,773
Event #76: $200 NLH $25K Daily 137 $25,000 Dennis Bantugan $4,999
Event #77: $125 Nightly 67 $6,030 Peter Jankowski $802
Event #78: $125 Nightly 72 $6,480 Christopher Leonard $1,232
Event #79: $200 Super Deep Stack Turbo NLH 34 $5,100 Michael Quinn $1,713
Event #80: $200 NLH $25K Daily 179 $26,850 Anthony Carew $5,809
Event #81: $125 Nightly 51 $5,000 Amelia Diaz $1,475
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