The Reno Hilton World Poker Tour (WPT) World Poker Challenge Championship event was won by Mike Simon, a relative unknown in the tournament poker world. Simon beat 592 players, including a number of top pros, to take first place and its prize of over $1 million in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship yesterday. Prior to this win, Simon's top tournament finish was at the 2003 New England Poker Classic at Foxwoods, where he collected $639 for placing 22nd in the $200 Limit Hold'em event.
Final table play began in the mid-afternoon yesterday at the Hilton Reno Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada. Poker pro Barry Greenstein was among the final 6 competitors but ultimately took sixth when he was knocked out of final table by Simon. He was awarded $85,370.
Final Table results are as follows:
In addition to his $1,052,890 cash prize, Simon was awarded a $25,000 seat to the WPT World Championship at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas next month.