Daniel Weinman Wins $12.1 Million at 2023 WSOP Main Event

Daniel Weinman, an Atlanta-based professional poker player, won $12.1 million when he was the last player standing at the 2023 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship in Las Vegas. The 2023 Main Event set a new record this year with 10,043 entrants. The record-setting prize pool was nearly $93.4 million.

This year’s final table included players from America, Ukraine, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. For the first time in four years, an American won the WSOP Main Event.

Three Americans secured spots at the final table, and they were the top three big stacks among the final nine. The trio would be the last three standing.

Adam Walton, a Vegas-based pro originally from Seattle, began the final table as the overall chip leader with 143.8M.

Steven Jones, a real estate broker from Phoenix, was second in chips with 90.3M. Jones had a couple of deep runs at the WSOP in the 2018 Colossus and a 2021 Tag Team event.

Weinman was third in chips with 81.7M. He had $3.7 million in earnings heading into the final table, and he was one of two players who previously won a bracelet. He also shipped a WPT event.

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Holzner Parlays Gift into Final Table

Italy’s Daniel Holzner was the first player eliminated at the final table. Holzner played in the Main Event because his friends and family gifted him a $10,000 seat as a birthday present. Holzner did not disappoint his loved ones when he parlayed their generous gift into $900,000 for a ninth-place finish.

Juan Macerias, the son of legendary online player “Vietcong01” from Spain, won over $1 million in live tournaments. Macerias was the second player to bust at the final table, and he took home $1.125 million for eighth place.

British pro Toby Lewis was the most successful pro among the final nine with $8.2 million in earnings thanks to big scores on the EPT and at the Aussie Millions. Lewis was the short stack when the final table began, and he didn’t have much wiggle room. He busted in seventh place, which paid out $1.425 million.

Dean Hutchinson, a pro from Scotland, is a true rounder who grinds out tournaments in both Europe and the U.S. A short-stacked Hutchinson avoided an early elimination, and he squeezed out a sixth-place finish to win $1.85 million.

Ukraine’s Ruslan Prydry found success winning tournaments across Europe including a couple of events on the Russian Poker Tour. Prydry began the final table sixth overall in chips and he busted in fifth place, which paid out $2.4 million to the Ukrainian.

Germany’s Jan-Peter Jachtmann publishes a poker magazine in his hometown of Hamburg. He’s more of a Pot-Limit Omaha specialist, who won a bracelet back in 2012 in a $10K PLO event. Jachtmann’s magical run in the Main Event ended when he busted in fourth place after running into Walton’s pocket Aces. Jachtmann earned $3 million for his deep run.

Quick Ending to Main Event Final Three

The first day of the final table concluded with three remaining. Jones was the new chip leader with 238M, followed by Weinman (199M), and Walton (165M).

The final day of the Main Event went fast. It took just 47 hands to determine a champion. Three-handed lasted 23 hands before Walton was knocked out in third place when his pocket eights ran into Weinman’s pocket Aces. Walton earned $4 million for a third-place elimination.

Weinman held nearly a 3-to-1 chip lead when heads-up began against Jones. The two sparred for just 24 hands before the dust settled and a new champion was crowned.

2023 WSOP Main Event – Final Table Payouts

  • 1st Place: Daniel Weinman (USA) $12,100,000
  • 2nd Place: Steven Jones (USA) $6,500,000
  • 3rd Place: Adam Walton (USA) $4,000,000
  • 4th Place: Jan-Peter Jachtmann (Germany) $3,000,000
  • 5th Place: Ruslan Prydry (Ukraine) $2,400,000
  • 6th Place: Dean Hutchison (UK) $1,850,000
  • 7th Place: Toby Lewis (UK) $1,425,000
  • 8th Place: Juan Maceiras (Spain) $1,125,000
  • 9th Place: Daniel Holzner (Italy) $900,000

Weinman won the final hand with King of Clubs and the Jack of Diamonds against Jones’ Jack of Clubs and eight of Diamonds. Both players flopped a pair of Jacks, but Weinman held a higher kicker. Jones moved all-in on the turn and Weinman called. He whiffed on the river and he was knocked out in second place.

Jones earned a runner-up payday worth $6.5 million. Weinman won $12.1 million, plus the opulent champion’s bracelet.

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