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Simon Lam wins WPT Gardens Main Event

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Simon Lam wins WPT Gardens Main Event

The WPT Gardens Main Event concluded yesterday, finding a winner through New York poker pro Simon Lam. Lam took down the event to win $565,055 and a new Mercedes SLC Roadster, valued at about $50,000. He will also receive a $15,000 entry into this year’s Tournament of Champions event and have his name forever engraved on the WPT Champions Cup, alongside the other champions from the tour’s 17 seasons.

The $5,000 main event ran from July 21 to 26 at the Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. There were a total of 584 entrants, resulting in the prize pool reaching a hefty $2.944 million. With the win, Lam has now earned just under $2 million in live action.

To get to the first-place spot, Lam had to duke it out with Jake Schindler, a poker veteran who has racked up almost $20 million in live-table action, including several first and second-place tournament wins. The two went back and forth for several hands before Lam edged out his opponent for the win. In the final hand, Lam shoved against a check-raise by Schindler after the flop and the two flipped their cards to reveal a Jack race. In the end, Lam’s 9 kicker proved to be strong, barely leading Schindler’s 8 kicker for the victory.

Schindler took $270,430 for his runner-up finish.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.