Daniel Weinman Makes History To Win Biggest-Ever WSOP ME For $12.1m
- Daniel Weinman triumphed in the 2023 WSOP Main Event for $12,100,000
- Weinman managed to claim the title after nearly busting on Day 8 of the tournament
- The event attracted a record field of 10,043 entries, making it the biggest Main Event in WSOP history
The biggest event of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is finally done and dusted, and the prestigious title went to no other than Daniel Weinman.
The mechanical engineer-turned poker pro from Atlanta Georgia topped a record-breaking field of 10,043 entries to take down the 2023 WSOP Main Event for a whopping $12,100,000 in first-place prize.
Historic Win for Weinman
Weinman initially hesitated to return to the 2023 WSOP and take part in the Main Event after taking a break halfway through the festival but he proceeded anyway and that proved to be a great decision for the poker pro as he ended up creating history as the winner of the biggest-ever WSOP Main Event.
But victory did not come easy for Weinman as he almost crashed out of the tournament on Day 8. Hitting a two-outer got the job done for the American poker pro, enabling him to advance to the next stage.
The final table was a pretty quick affair involving just 164 hands, making it the shortest Main Event final table in recent history.
Only three players returned for the final battle on Day 10 and there was intense action right from the start, resulting in the quick elimination of Adam Walton who left the table after just two hands. The Las Vegas pro finished in 3rd place for $4,000,000.
Weinman entered heads-up play against Steven Jones with a comfortable chip lead. Each player was supported by a rail of prominent pros. Multiple bracelet winners Josh Arieh, Jason Mercier and Shaun Deeb were all cheering for Weinman, while Jones was backed by two-time GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen.
Jones began the day as the chip leader but he would soon succumb to Weinman after going all-in with Jc8d versus the eventual winner’s KcJd. Jones failed to get help from the river and settled for second place with $6,500,000 in winnings.
Weinman’s Live Tournament Earnings Climb to Over $15M
Weinman was crowned the 2023 Main Event champion, and that victory gave him his largest score to date and the second bracelet of his career. Weinman credits his success in part to luck, acknowledging the tough competition he’s been in. With his massive win, Weinman’s live earnings soared to over $15.8 million.
The other players who reached the final table were Jan-Peter Jachtmann (4th, $3,000,000), Ruslan Prydryk (5th, 2,400,000), Dean Hutchison (6th, $1,850,000), Toby Lewis (7th, $1,425,000), Juan Maceiras (8th, $1,125,000) and Daniel Holzner (9th, $900,000).