John Gardner

John Gardner has claimed victory in Event #22: $600 Championship No-Limit Hold’em $500,000 Guarantee, the Main Event of The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.

Three Day 1 flights 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.

2021 Grand Poker Series Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 John Gardner United States $100,266
2 Mark Harraka United States $66,570
3 Danny Dagostino United States $44,325
4 Ken Huynh United States $31,025
5 Jason Bartholomew United States $22,515
6 Jesse Jaurigue United States $17,095
7 Benjamin Jacobs United States $13,615
8 Phillip Latimer United States $12,390
9 Greg Koutelidakis United States $9,545

Final Table Action

Action at the final table started quickly, and only a few hands into the day, Jason Bartholomew knocked out Greg Koutelidakis after completing his nut flush draw on the turn against Koutelidakis’ flopped two pair.

Three shorter stacks were soon gone in quick succession, with Phillip Latimer getting knocked out in eighth, Benjamin Jacobs falling in seventh, and Jesse Jaurigue gone in sixth.

After a short break, Gardner stared down and called down Bartholomew with second-top pair while Bartholomew could only show ace-high in a huge pot that helped propel Gardner to eventual victory. Ken Huynh was next to go when he ran his sevens into the eights of Danny Dagostino, who then fell in third when his cowboys were cracked by Gardner’s flopped straight.

That set up a heads-up battle between Gardner and Harraka, with the former starting with a chip advantage of almost three times the latter’s stack. The first all-in and call came on a nine-eight-seven flop and Gardner’s jack-nine was in a great position against Harraka’s jack-eight. The board ran out blanks and Gardner was officially the champion of the championship event.

Mark Harraka
Runner-up Mark Harraka

Gardner, who is from Eagle Mountain, Utah and describes himself as “just a recreational” with a wife and three kids, said he was into poker when he was younger but only recently got back into it within the last couple of years. His previous biggest cash before this was for under a thousand dollars.

He added, “Thanks to the casino and the tournament directors and the dealers. They were all great. It was a good tournament and a lot of fun.”

Congratulations to John Gardner, winner of the Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series Event #22: $600 Championship!

While the 2021 Grand Poker Series Championship is in the books, the series continues through October 18. That includes the popular invite-only Bar Poker Open Championship, which will see players from across the country descend upon the Golden Nugget. Click here for a look at the remaining Grand Poker Series schedule.

Here’s a look at all those who’ve captured titles thus far at the 2021 Grand Poker Series:

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              



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