The first battle of the summer season started as expected, with a show-stopping performance by Tony Sinishtaj in the Felt. The new champion has been on fire at this event since his arrival and had never lost a match until today.
Tony Sinishtaj has had a solid run in poker over the past several years, whether it’s at online tables or in live tournaments. The New Jersey poker player won what has become one of the year’s most well-known live events over the weekend.
Sinishtaj won the $10,000 Wynn Millions in Las Vegas for $1.7 million, making it the greatest win of his career. It’s a significant victory for a player who has previously won trophies on some of the game’s most prestigious venues.
He told USPoker this week, “It’s still amazing.” “I’ve been playing poker for over half my life and have dedicated a lot of time to it.” It’s almost like a sigh of relief.”
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At the Wynn, we had a huge victory.
After the World Series of Poker was moved to the autumn in 2021, the Wynn Millions was born. The event served as a kind of stand-in for the Main Event, with a $10,000 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million.
There were 1,328 entrants in the inaugural event, with a prize fund of $12.8 million. Last year, Andrew Moreno took the top prize of $1.5 million.
Sinishtaj became the second Wynn millionaire when the tournament returns this year with the same guarantee. The number of submissions dropped to 1,075 this year, with a prize fund of $10.1 million.
Despite this, Sinishtaj sees the event as a valuable addition to the tournament calendar. It’s also a good addition to his live tournament earnings, which currently stand at almost $3.4 million.
He describes the event as “amazing.” “I used to tell my pals that you simply don’t hear any complaints.” The Wynn’s staff is very professional, and it is one of the greatest locations to play tournament poker in my view.”
At the final table, a cricial fold is made.
To win the tournament, he had to play nine days of poker, including a satellite that saw him bust on Day 1A. He then bought in on Day 1B and began to gain momentum, eventually making it to the final table, where he sat fourth.
Vanessa Kade, winner of PokerStars’ 15th anniversary Sunday Million for $1.5 million in 2021, was among the last nine players in a loaded field.
Tony Tran, a two-time World Poker Tour winner, Alex Livingston, a 2019 WSOP Main Event final table qualifier (third for $4 million), and Sean Perry, a promising high-stakes regular, were among the others.
Sinishtaj was well aware that he had his job cut out for him, and things didn’t get off to a good start. The Garden State grinder, on the other hand, adhered to his tactics because he had a plan.
He recalls, “I had a poor seat to start the final table.” “Kade was to my left with the chip lead, followed by Livingston and (ultimate runner-up) Isaac Kempton, both of whom had massive stacks.”
“I knew it wasn’t going to be simple when I came in. I was able to remain patient and stick to my game plan. When I really needed things to go my way, they did.”
As he watched part of his stack being eaten away, he produced a critical hand that would ultimately decide his destiny. With pocket Aces, he and his opponent faced a Q-10-X board. His flop bet was called, and the turn brought a King.
Sinishtaj eventually threw his Aces to the muck in response to a big bet, and his opponent revealed Ace-Jack for the Broadway straight. The fortunate move allowed him to stay in the competition. When another critical hand appeared, his large fold came in handy even more.
“I woke up with Aces after an open, three-bet, and cold four-bet ahead of me not long after,” he adds. “This time, my Aces came through for me and gave me some life.”
Tony Sinishtaj has set a new Wynn Poker record for the most money won in a single tournament! The new threshold has been set at $1,655,952 pic, surpassing Andrew Moreno’s $1.4 million triumph in 2021. twitter.com/c3X8wlbm5I
March 14, 2022 — Wynn Poker Room (@WynnPoker)
An ever-expanding poker resume
The rest is poker history, and Sinishtaj now has another amazing poker achievement on his resume. The poker pro has two WPT championships in addition to the Wynn Millions.
The first was in 2017, when he won $661,283 at the Seminole Rock Poker Showdown and was named to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.
Sinishtaj, who resides in Englewood, New Jersey, has also had success in the world of online poker. He won the Borgata Online at partypoker US Network in 2020, giving him a second WPT championship.
More poker is on the horizon now that he has another victory under his belt. In April, he’ll compete in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open before heading to Vegas for the entire World Series of Poker.
He still plays online poker on a regular basis. In 2021, he came close to winning a WSOP online bracelet. He took second place in the $888 Pot Limit Omaha tournament for $58,756.
More WSOP online tournaments may be in his future, despite the fact that being a father of three makes it difficult.
“It’s tough for me to get into online tournaments since I have three little children at home,” Sinishtaj adds, adding that he currently leads the PokerGO Tour leaderboard after winning the Wynn Millions. “I’m sure I’ll play a couple, but I wish they’d start a bit sooner.” “Starting a competition at 7 p.m. is a little late for me.”
Sinishtaj had been looking for a home for his family before to his triumph at the Wynn. That’s a little simpler now, thanks to the seven-figure score.
Despite his series of impressive results, the new Wynn champion intends to keep improving while being modest.
“In terms of my abilities,” he admits, “I’m still a work in progress.”
* Photo credit: Jamie Thomson/Wynn Poker