Alberta Grinder Jody Fayant Hits it Big at Wynn Classic

Jody Fayant Wynn Spring Classic

The Wynn Classic is a three-week-long series held at Wynn Las Vegas. With the first event going February 19, the series will feature 18 events through March 11 including no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha.

While most of the tournaments in the Classic are under $1,000 buy-in, the series features two higher-stakes events. In addition to the $1,600 Main Event that began March 1, a $3,150 High Roller kicked off as a two-day event on February 28, and Alberta's Jody Fayant was there to put his money down.

Fayant is always a friendly and up-beat player at the cash tables and in tournaments around western Canada, and since last year has also been very open about his gambling escapades on a Facebook page dedicated to detailing the ups and downs of the self-described "hustler." Fayant is exceptionally honest about both his wins and his losses, and makes it clear he doesn't consider himself a poker professional. "I’m an avid player but not a pro by any means," Fayant replied when asked how he characterizes himself in the poker world.

In addition to poker, Fayant is also an avid pool player, playing in several 8-ball and 9-ball tournaments around Canada in the past few months. As well, he is an agent for World Sports & Poker, an online sports book based in Curaçao, and outside the gaming world he is also a journeyman crane operator with 25 years experience, so his claim to be a recreational player holds true. Recent results might suggest otherwise, however.

While in Vegas, Fayant decided to drop $3,150 on the highest buy-in event at the Wynn Classic, after openly documenting a mostly losing trip to Sin City prior to that tournament. He entered the high roller after busting a $300 satellite to the Main Event with three players to go to the tickets, and after buying into it, his bankroll was down to $300. It truly was a case of "win or go home." As is his wont, Fayant put it a little more colourfully in a Facebook post: "If I don’t cash here, I’ll have to try and spin up my last $300!"

Fayant made Day 2 of the high roller with just 14 big blinds, but he managed to grind it out and find spots to build a stack through Day 2, making it to a final table that included Jeremy Ausmus and Yang Zhang. He detailed his run on his Facebook feed, and friends were treated to a blow-by-blow account of his day, and in fact, his entire trip.

Fayant continued to find good spots and run pure, working his way through the final table until he was heads up with China's Zhang. Heads-up was a fairly quick affair, lasting only a few hands. Players made a deal heads-up that let them each lock up $83,000, with the rest of the prize pool along with the trophy staying on the table. After that, play went fairly quickly, and the tournament ended on a hand where Fayant flopped two pairs with {A-}{2-} and Zhang turned two pairs with his {Q-}{4-}. The money went in on the turn, and Fayant's bigger two pairs held for the win.

Down to his last $300, Fayant's win earned him $102,482 plus the trophy and quickly turned a losing trip into a big winner.

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