Golden Nugget’s 2021 Grand Poker Series Awards More than $2.6 Million


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While the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) chugs along, another series recently wrapped up in downtown Las Vegas. The 2021 Grand Poker Series at Golden Nugget wrapped its 50-event schedule over the weekend. All told the series catered to a combined 12,859 entries and awarded $2,630,429 in prize money.

In 2007, during the height of the so-called “Poker Boom,” Zak Penn wrote and directed a poker film titled The Grand, an improvisational comedy starting Woody Harrelson, David Cross, Dennis Farina, Cheryl Hines, Richard Kind, Chris Parnell, Werner Herzog, and Jason Alexander, among others.

The all-star movie was about a fictional poker tournament called “The Grand,” which the following year became a real tournament when the Golden Nugget hosted the first Grand Poker Series. The inaugural $1,080 Grand Final saw Inhpounh Vongvone emerge victorious for $21,728.

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Since then, “The Grand Poker Series” has become an annual event and a staple on the poker calendar.

This year, John Gardner claimed victory in Event #22: $600 Championship No-Limit Hold’em $500,000 Guarantee, which attracted 1,096 combined entries for a total prize pool of $565,536. Of those, 138 players made it into the money for Day 2. The second day ended with only nine players left, and a final table was set for a third and final day. The final table lasted just under three hours and Gardner, who came into the day second in chips, ended up playing heads-up with Mark Harraka, who was the final table chip leader.

John Gardner
John Gardner

Grand Poker Series Championship Winners

Year Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
2008 $1,080 Grand Finale N/A $62,080 Inhpounh Vongvone $21,728
2009 $1,080 Grand Finale 108 $104,760 Randy Propson $34,560
2010 $1,080 Grand Finale 143 $138,710 Senovio Ramirez $30,580
2011 $1,080 Grand Finale 235 $227,950 Marvin Rettenmaier $54,713
2012 $1,080 Grand Finale 177 $171,690 Charles Culp $46,356
2013 $1,080 Grand Finale 371 $359,870 Robert Kuhn $69,454
2014 $1,100 Grand Finale 556 $539,315 Sean Stevens $98,696
2015 $560 Ante Up Poker Tour Main Event 1,330 $665,000 Christian Francia $89,298
2016 $570 Main Event 1,520 $760,000 Darrell Smith $109,605
2017 $570 Main Event 2,025 $1,012,500 Sacha Mendelsohn $113,859
2018 $570 Main Event 1,577 $788,500 Guilherme Bordão $132,069
2019 $600 Main Event 1,313 $677,508 Michael Policastro $90,630
2021 $600 Main Event 1,096 $565,536 John Gardner $100,266

Other 2021 Grand Poker Series Winners

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The series got underway when Jose Leon of Bellflower, California took down Event #1: $250 Omaha 8 or Better for $3,480 and the first trophy of the series. As for the biggest prize awarded in the first three days of the series, that went to Michael Brewer of Oxford, North Carolina, who topped a 99-player field in the Event #5: GNLV Poker Room Invitational for $9,100.

Other early winners included Eric Plunkett (Event #3: $250 Big-O for $3,370), David Wortham (Event #7: $100 Pot-Limit Omaha Fire Till You’re Tired for $2,376), and Kathy Chang (Event #9: $250 HORSE for $3,765).

Here’s a look at all those who captured titles during the 2021 Grand Poker Series at Golden Nugget:

Date Tournament GTD Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown Prize
28-Sep Event #1: $250 Omaha 8 or Better $5,000 95 $18,990 Jose Leon Bellflower, CA $3,480
28-Sep Event #2: $150 Daily NLH $5,000 41 $5,000 Mary Campbell Spring, TX $1,535
28-Sep Event #3: $250 Big-O N/A 70 $10,640 Eric Plunkett Solvan, CA $3,370
28-Sep Event #4: $120 Nightly NLH $3,000 47 $4,089 Daryl Oppelt Brookings, SD $1,324
29-Sep Event #5: GNLV Poker Room Invitational $100,000 99 $100,000 Michael Brewer Oxford, NC $9,100
29-Sep Event #6: $150 Daily NLH $5,000 72 $7,920 Adam Mirliss Prescott, AZ $2,460
29-Sep Event #7: $100 Pot-Limit Omaha Fire Till You’re Tired N/A 48 $9,470 David Wortham Murrieta, GA $2,376
29-Sep Event #8: $120 Nightly NLH $3,000 36 $3,132 Matthew Maddox Toulumne, CA $1,034
30-Sep Event #9: $250 HORSE $5,000 87 $17,400 Kathy Chang Valencia, CA $3,765
30-Sep Event #10: $200 NLH Ultimate Re-Entry $100,000 2,076 $315,552 Justin Hagan Roseville, CA $28,402
3-Oct Event #11: $250 Omaha 8/Stud 8 $10,000 178 $35,600 Darlene Springman Las Vegas, NV $5,387
3-Oct Event #12: $150 Daily NLH $10,000 155 $17,050 June Jenkins Hamilton, Ontario, Canada $3,580
3-Oct Event #13: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 101 $8,787 Michael James West Allis, WI $1,000
4-Oct Event #14: $250 Mixed PLO/8, Omaha 8/B, Big-O $10,000 186 $37,200 Derek Bugg Puyallup, WA $7,240
4-Oct Event #15: $150 Daily NLH $10,000 219 $24,090 Qijon Troy Honolulu, HI $3,035
4-Oct Event #16: $200 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Limit N/A 108 $16,416 Joe Konstan St. Paul, MN $4,796
4-Oct Event #17: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 75 $6,525 Eric Kendall Carmel, IN $840
5-Oct Event #18: $250 Big-O $10,000 109 $21,800 Michael Howell Las Vegas, NV $5,965
5-Oct Event #19: $200 NLH $100K GTD $100,000 1,905 $289,560 Jenyue Chiang Mesa, AZ $23,550
6-Oct Event #20: $250 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $10,000 141 $28,200 Luis Alvarez South Houston, TX $7,070
7-Oct Event #21: $250 8-Game Mix $5,000 102 $20,400 Jacob Naumann Largo, FL $5,200
7-Oct Event #22: $600 Championship NLH $500,000 1,096 $565,536 John Gardner Eagle Mountain, UT $100,266
7-Oct Event #23: $150 Daily NLH $10,000 123 $13,530 Norsavanh Phousith Woonsocket, RI $1,370
7-Oct Event #24: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 50 $5,000 Gregory Robbins Fresno, CA $1,700
8-Oct Event #25: $150 Daily NLH $10,000 108 $11,880 Braxton Lake Jersey City, NJ $2,420
8-Oct Event #26: $200 Night HORSE N/A 91 $13,832 Michael Ornelas Los Angeles, CA $3,972
8-Oct Event #27: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 42 $5,000 Yette Silverman Jensen Beach, FL $1,700
9-Oct Event #28: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 111 $9,657 Tamara Tibbles Spokane, WA $2,075
10-Oct Event #29: $200 Daily NLH $25,000 229 $34,808 John Coles Tinton Falls, NJ $5,008
10-Oct Event #30: $120 Cheap and Deep NLH N/A 214 $18,618 Brandon Kelzenberg Maple Grove, MN $1,695
11-Oct Event #31: Bar Poker Open Championship N/A 1,096 $385,437 Chris Farkas Chandler, AZ $70,047
11-Oct Event #32: $200 Tag Team NLH N/A 198 $30,690 Michael Hauptman Michael Hauptman & David Hong $6,035
12-Oct Event #33: $200 Daily NLH $25,000 311 $47,272 Cynthia Sharp Fishers, NY $4,417
12-Oct Event #34: $125 Green Chip Bounty NLH N/A 333 $21,312 Matthew Nelsen Arvada, CO $2,440
13-Oct Event #35: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 203 $17,661 Deborah Pedigo Seguin, TX $3,060
14-Oct Event #36: $200 Daily NLH $25,000 309 $46,968 Mark Hagan Overland, MO $10,263
14-Oct Event #37: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 183 $15,921 Michael Oar Alexandria, VA $4,131
15-Oct Event #38: $250 Daily NLH $50,000 461 $92,200 Everton Taylor Brooklyn, NY $18,000
15-Oct Event #39: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 144 $12,528 Arthur Tschoepe Georgetown, TX $1,341
16-Oct Event #40: $250 Seniors NLH (50+) $50,000 413 $82,600 Dennis Paye Las Vegas, NV $12,675
16-Oct Event #41: $200 Daily NLH $25,000 179 $27,208 Nathaniel Williamson Escalon, CA $7,043
16-Oct Event #42: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 113 $9,831 Richard Harlow Bullhead City, AZ $2,901
17-Oct Event #43: $400 Seniors Championship NLH (50+) $50,000 153 $51,255 Louis Cheffy Las Vegas, NV $8,675
17-Oct Event #44: $200 Daily NLH $25,000 171 $25,992 Richard Ziskind Las Vegas, NV $3,911
17-Oct Event #45: $200 Triple Stud N/A 34 $5,168 Steven Bessette Floral Park, NY $1,500
17-Oct Event #46: $120 Nightly NLH $5,000 80 $6,960 James Fletcher Wichita, KS $1,860
18-Oct Event #47: $250 Super Seniors (60+ or played Seniors) $50,000 242 $50,000 Kenneth Harbauch Destin, Florida $6,870
18-Oct Event #48: $150 Daily NLH $10,000 110 $12,100 Matthew Faust Ouray, CO $2,405
18-Oct Event #49: $200 Super Deep Stack Turbo NLH $200 60 $9,120 Barry Bergida Bullhead City, AZ $3,280
18-Oct Event #50: $120 Nightly NLH $3,000 52 $4,524 Scott Anderson Savage, MN $1,020



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