Daniel Weinman wins record-breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event for US$12.1 million

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The World Series of Poker has a new Main Event champion after Daniel Weinman topped a record field of 10,043 players to claim the trophy and US$12.1 million in prize money.

Weinman, from Atlanta, Georgia, prevailed after a surprisingly short final day of action – eliminating Adam Walton early on after a huge pre-flop clash and then taking just 24 hands to put an end to heads-up play against overnight chip leader Steven Jones.

Walton’s demise will be talked about for years. With blinds at 1,000,000/2,500,000, the Seattle native flatted Jones’ 6,000,000 open holding 88, then ripped it in for 80 big blinds after Weinman 3-bet to 27,000,000.

Weinman snapped with AA and held through to send Walton to the rail in third and enter heads-up play as a dominant chip leader.

After some initial back and forth, the final hand saw both players flop top set on a J52 flop with Weinman holding KJ and Jones J8. Jones called Weinman flop check-raise, then tank-shoved his continue on the 4 turn. Weinman thought for a few seconds before making the call – needing only dodge an 8 on the river for victory. 

When the river landed the A, it was all over with Weinman topping the largest Main Event field in history in stunning fashion.

“I’ve always kind of felt that poker was kind of going in a dying direction, but to see the numbers at the World Series this year has been incredible,” Weinman said in an interview with PokerNews shortly after his victory. “And to win this Main Event, it doesn’t feel real. I mean, (there’s) so much luck in a poker tournament. I thought I played very well, but so many hands that (I got) incredibly lucky for the situations to arise.

“Final tables can go so many different ways. You need some cards to get chips, there were a lot of good players left with a lot more tournament experience than me. But when we got down to three, I did feel like I was the best player of the three. And a couple good hands at the right time; it all came together.”

In an eventful day at the Horseshoe Las Vegas, the WSOP also announced it will be heading to the Bahamas for the first time for WSOP Paradise – a newly minted series running from 3 to 14 December at Atlantis Paradise and offering 15 bracelet events.

The series is set to include a US$5,000 Main Event with a US$15 million total prize pool guarantee, a US$1,500 Mystery Bounty with a US$5 million guarantee, a US$$100k High Roller event with US$5 million guaranteed and a US$50k event with US$2 million guaranteed, among others.

“The summer was an unprecedented success, but the vision is equally as ambitious for WSOP Paradise,” said Ty Stewart, SVP & Executive Director of the WSOP. “We have the strongest online partner in the world, and they are set to send a record number of qualifiers to a live tournament. Atlantis also has a great legacy in poker, and we believe this combination of partners can deliver poker’s most powerful new franchise for years to come. 

“Many players say summer in Vegas is the best time of year. We hope that will only be rivaled by winter in paradise.”     

WSOP 2023 MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE PLACINGS:

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (US$)
1Daniel WeinmanUnited States$12,100,000
2Steven JonesUnited States$6,500,000
3Adam WaltonUnited States$4,000,000
4Jan-Peter JachtmannGermany$3,000,000 
5Ruslan PrydrykUkraine$2,400,000
6Dean HutchisonScotland$1,850,000 
7Toby Lewis   England$1,425,000 
8Juan MaceirasSpain$1,125,000
9Daniel HolznerItaly$900,000

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