Monday, July 17, 2023 4:21 PM Local Time
Daniel Weinman Wins Record-Breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event for $12,100,000
After a much shorter than anticipated final day of the $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship at the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Georgia's Daniel Weinman walked away $12,100,000 richer after claiming the title of world poker champion.
The 35-year-old's victory in the record-breaking Main Event, which drew 10,043 players for a prize pool $93,399,900, was nothing short of spectacular as he was two cards away from falling on Day 8 before hitting a two-outer in what will go down as one of the most pivotal suck-outs in poker history.
After 16 years of grinding the World Series and only cashing the Main Event once, Weinman had little hope of winning when he registered for the $10,000 buy-in Poker Championship after taking a break midway through the series.
"I was honestly on the fence about even coming back and playing this tournament," he told PokerNews and other media after the victory.
It took just 164 hands at the final table for Weinman to secure the victory, making for the shortest Main Event final table in recent memory. Day 10 was the quickest so far, clocking at under three hours after the elimination of Adam Walton in third place for $4,000,000 and a brief heads-up battle between Weinman and Steven Jones, a real estate investor from Arizona whose poker hobby now brings him $6,500,000.
2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results
| ||PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
| ||1||Daniel Weinman||United States||$12,100,000|
| ||2||Steven Jones||United States||$6,500,000|
| ||3||Adam Walton||United States||$4,000,000|
| ||4||Jan-Peter Jachtmann||Germany||$3,000,000|
| ||5||Ruslan Prydryk||Ukraine||$2,400,000|
| ||6||Dean Hutchison||Scotland||$1,850,000|
| ||7||Toby Lewis||England||$1,425,000|
| ||8||Juan Maceiras||Spain||$1,125,000|
| ||9||Daniel Holzner||Italy||$900,000|
Weinman, who was supported by an all-star rail that included a trio of six-time bracelet winners in Shaun Deeb, Josh Arieh and Jason Mercier, had the biggest grin in the entire Horseshoe Event Center as he reflected on winning the biggest WSOP Main Event in history, which beat out the record set in 2006 when Jamie Gold won $12,000,000.
"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," said Weinman. "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."
"Maybe It's My Time"
As the only bracelet winner among the three players who returned for Day 10, Weinman, who last year took down Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-handed to win $255,359 and his maiden piece of WSOP gold, was confident heading into the final day that he could win it all.
Weinman earned that confidence after surviving a final table that included accomplished pros like Britain's Toby Lewis (7th - $1,425,000) and Germany's Jan-Peter Jachtmann (4th - $3,000,000), the only other bracelet winner among the final nine.
"Final tables can go so many different ways," he said. "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."
Though Weinman was already an accomplished player with several million in Hendon Mob earnings, he had never found success in poker's most prestigious event.
"Every year before this, I've been here from Event #1 to the last event," Weinman said. "And by the time the Main Event comes around, I'm burnt out ... I've said to many people, I don't like this tournament. The structure is too good, I'm kind of over it for the summer."
After 15 years of grinding a full schedule, Weinman chose to go home to Georgia to be with his girlfriend. "I told my girlfriend Sarah how I was feeling and she said, 'Come home.' So I did."
When he did return to Las Vegas and found himself deep in the tournament that had never shown him love, he had the support of a distinguished rail that made for a combined 18 bracelets (that number increased to 35 with a brief Phil Hellmuth cameo).
"I've been friends with these guys for so long," he said. "Shaun and I met at a final table 11 years ago (and we've been) friendly ever since. Just two guys that like to have a lot of fun at the table. We played a lot of open-face Chinese together. That kind of brought Jason Mercier into the picture."
"Josh Arieh and I have been friends for 15 years, maybe even more, and playing poker in Atlanta. And just having some of the best in the world be on my side and have my back and tell me that I belong in this class of player, it's just incredible."
Speaking to a crowd of poker media after conquering the Main Event that had evaded him for more than a decade, Weinman, who turned to poker after graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology, couldn't help but feel like all his hard work had finally paid off.
"The Boom happened and I kind of had think inkling that I would play poker and give it a shot for a few years. And here we are 16 years later ... You just kind of feel like, maybe it's my time."
Early Walton Exit Before a Quick Heads-Up Battle
Day 10 was shaping up to be a long one as the three remaining players returned with an average of a hundred big blinds. Despite the deep stacks, the trio wasted no time exchanging chips. In one of the first hands of the day, Jones opened with ace-queen before calling a three-bet from Walton with ace-king. Walton continued on the jack-high flop and Jones opted to raise before a three-bet jam brought a snap-fold from the real estate investor.
It wouldn't be the last time Walton found himself all-in in the first hour of Day 10. In just the second hand after returning from break, Walton flatted in the small blind with eights before facing a squeeze from Weinman. After a fold from Jones, Walton opted to back-jam his stack of more than 80 big blinds, only to be met by a snap from a lucky opponent holding two red aces, the same color as the sea of "A&W" shirts that made up Walton's rail.
Despite flopping a few backdoor draws and turning a gutter, the Las Vegas-based pro and Day 8 chip leader couldn't improve to fall in third for $4,000,000 after a tumultuous final two days of play.
"I had folded a lot of buttons early on so I think they may have thought I was playing a little bit tighter," Weinman said about the pivotal hand. "It was the first hand I had really put a lot of chips in the pot and came in with the squeeze after the Steven open and the Adam flat. And I know that Adam likes to flat some big hands, so I ended up sizing up a little bit, kind of with the hopes that he would try to take advantage of all the dead money in there. And I don't know if it was me inducing him or him just deciding that it was too good of a hand to not go with, but it all ended up working out so well."
Weinman notably got to the final table by cracking the kings of fellow Georgian Joshua Payne and queens of Jose Aguilera in what he called "such a bittersweet hand because it was both the hand that propelled me to win this tournament, but also had to knock out and put a bad beat on a good friend from back home."
"And I could just see how much it hurt him. In the moment, so much excitement for me, but watching it back and just seeing the pain on his face ... it hurt me; not as much as it hurt him, but it was tough."
After an intermission where several briefcases filled with $50,000 bricks of cash, escorted in by a Hitman lookalike wielding a shotgun, were ungraciously dumped on the feature table before being stacked into a neat pyramid valued at $12,100,000, heads-up play commenced with Weinman having a formidable chip lead with over 200 big blinds still in play.
The remaining two players played a bit of small ball over the next level before a deep-stacked collision. In a single-raised pot, Jones, who sported a Chip Leader Coaching patch and was supported by Alex Foxen on the rail, continued on the jack-high flop before calling a check-raise from Weinman. Weinman continued on the turn, and Jones went in the tank for over four minutes before shipping it to put Weinman to the test. Weinman called before revealing king-jack to be a massive favorite against the inferior jack-eight of his opponent.
"When he went in the tank for what seemed like ten minutes, it felt like genuine uncertainty a this point," said Weinman. "I didn't think he was trapping with a set or some kind of turned Wheel, it really did feel like he had some middling pair or a weak jack and just couldn't decide 'Is this the time to go?' So it seems kind of weird to play this final hand for a 120 big blind pot with just one pair, but I just kind of made my decision that when he took that long and jammed, that's about where he was at."
With a swarm of black shirts branded with wine glass emojis cheering him on, Weinman braced intensely as he awaited the consequential river card. An ace bricked off, and Weinman's rail erupted as their guy earned a meaningful place in poker history.
Weinman didn't have a climactic answer when asked what he plans to do with his historic winnings.
"I have no clue. Probably invest it. Probably not the best answer everybody wants to hear, but I'm fairly cautious with it away from the table. Even though I like to gamble pretty hard."
Weinman wasn't just supported by a group of former and future Poker Hall of Famers. After his historic win, the 2023 Main Event champion posed with his parents and girlfriend with no signs of his contagious smile going away any time soon.
That wraps up PokerNews' coverage of the record-breaking Main Event at the 2023 WSOP. Be sure to check out the live reporting hub for coverage of other bracelet events.
Monday, July 17, 2023 4:10 PM Local Time
Steven Jones Eliminated in 2nd Place ($6,500,000)
Hand #164: Steven Jones opened to 7,000,000 on the button and Daniel Weinman called. Weinman checked on the flop and Jones continued for 6,000,000. Weinman check-raised to 18,500,000 and Jones called.
Weinman then sized up to 38,000,000 on the turn and Jones went in the tank for slightly more than four minutes before shipping it with a stack of 146,000,000. Weinman instantly asked "how much" before vaulting out of his chair and took only 25 seconds to make the call.
Once the cards were revealed, Weinman leaped to his rail in anticipation with just one card to come.
Jones had top pair but Weinman had him out-kicked to be a massive favourite to become the next WSOP Main Event champion.
The dealer let them sweat before putting down the river as Weinman buried his face in his hands after an emotional victory, getting hugged by his entire rail.
|Daniel Weinman||602,500,000||171,000,000 |
|Steven Jones||0||-171,000,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 4:01 PM Local Time
Hands #161-163: Check-Raise From Weinman
Hand #161: Daniel Weinman opened to 6,000,000 with the and took down the pot as Steven Jones folded the .
Hand #162: Jones limped the on the button and folded as Weinman raised the to 10,000,000.
Hand #163: Daniel Weinman opened to 6,000,000 and Steven Jones defended his big blind with the . Jones checked on the flop of and called as Weinman continued for 4,500,000. Jones checked again on the turn and Weinman sized up to 15,000,000. Jones folded.
|Daniel Weinman||431,500,000||20,500,000 |
|Steven Jones||171,000,000||-20,500,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 3:56 PM Local Time
Hands #156-160: Jones Draws Closer Again
Hand #156: A walk for Daniel Weinman with the .
Hand #157: Weinman raised to 6,000,000 on the button with the and Steven Jones folded his .
Hand #158: Jones limped the on the button and Weinman raised to 10,000,000 out of the big blind with , earning a reluctant call from Jones. The flop came and Weinman continued for 16,000,000 into a pot of 22,500,000, Jones called after one minute.
That led them to the turn on and Weinman checked. Jones cut out his chips to count them and then bet 33,000,000. A hyper-focused Weinman then stared at the board and folded it eventually.
Hand #159: Weinman opened on the button to 6,000,000 with and Jones called with his , with both players checking the flop. On the turn, Jones bet 5,000,000 and earned a call from Weinman to see the on the river.
Both checked and Jones won the pot with his pair of treys.
Hand #160: A walk for Weinman with the .
|Daniel Weinman||411,000,000||-32,500,000 |
|Steven Jones||191,500,000||32,500,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 3:44 PM Local Time
Hands #151-155: Weinman Gets Value With Ace-High
Hand #151: Daniel Weinman opened to 6,00,000 on the button with and Steven Jones defended the . Jones checked on the flop of and folded as Weinman continued for 4,500,000.
Hand #152: Jones folded on the button, allowing a walk to Weinman.
Hand #153: Weinman opened to 6,000,000 on the button with and Jones called with his . The flop of checked through and Jones led out for 6,000,000 on the turn. Weinman folded.
Hand #154: Jones limped the on the button and Weinman checked his option with the . Weinman checked on the flop of and Jones also checked. Weinman then bet 2,500,000 on the turn and Jones called. Weinman bet 2,500,000 again on the river and Jones called. Weinman showed his ace and and it was good to win the pot.
Hand #155: Weinman opened to 6,000,000 with and Jones folded the .
|Daniel Weinman||443,500,000||16,000,000 |
|Steven Jones||159,000,000||-16,000,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 3:35 PM Local Time
Hands #146-150: The Back and Forth Tussles Continue
Hand #146: Steven Jones limped the small blind with and Daniel Weinman checked the to the flop. Both checked to see the turn for free and Weinman checked again, Jones bet the minimum and won the pot.
Hand #147: Weinman raised to 6,000,000 with and Jones defended the to the flop, on which he checked. Weinman bet 4,500,000 and took it down.
Hand #148: Jones limped the next button with and Weinman knuckled the felt with the slightly inferior , which brought the flop. Both checked to the turn on which Weinman bet 2,500,000, Jones called. The fell on the river and Weinman bet another 7,500,000.
Jones grinned while staring at the board before making the call as Weinman won the pot with his pair of sevens.
Hand #149: Weinman raised to 6,000,000 with , earning a call from Jones with the . The flop was checked by Jones and Weinman's bet worth 4,500,000 won the pot.
Hand #150: In a limped pot the flop was checked through to the turn. Weinman led for 7,500,000 with for a pair of fours and Jones folded his .
|Daniel Weinman||427,500,000||27,000,000 |
|Steven Jones||175,000,000||-27,000,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 3:26 PM Local Time
Hands #141-145: Jones Overbets the River
Hand #141: Steven Jones got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #142: Steven Jones raised to 8,500,000 on the button with the and Daniel Weinman folded the .
Hand #143: Daniel Weinman opened to 6,000,000 on the button with the and Steven Jones defended with . Jones checked on the flop of and Weinman continued for 4,500,000. Jones called. Jones checked again on the turn and Weinman checked back. Jones checked once more on the river and Weinman checked back before Jones showed to win the pot.
Hand #144: Steven Jones opened the to 7,000,000 on the button and Daniel Weinman defended his big blind with . Weinman checked on the flop of and Jones continued for 5,500,000. Weinman called. Weinman checked again on the turn and Jones sized up to 16,000,000. Weinman called. Weinman checked once more on the river and Jones pulled the trigger with a bet of 42,000,000. Weinman folded.
Hand #145: Daniel Weinman raised to 6,000,000 with and won the pot, as Jones folded the .
|Daniel Weinman||400,500,000||-42,500,000 |
|Steven Jones||202,000,000||42,500,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 3:16 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Play Underway
Steven Jones and Daniel Weinman are back in their seats and the heads-up duel is underway.
Monday, July 17, 2023 3:03 PM Local Time
We are now Heads Up in the Main Event!
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:54 PM Local Time
Adam Walton Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,000,000)
Hand #140: Steven Jones raised to 6,000,000 on the button with the and Adam Walton called. Daniel Weinman then squeezed to 27,000,000 in the big blind and Jones folded.
With the action back on Walton, he snap-shoved for 209,500,000 - a whopping 84 big blinds - and Weinman instantly called it off.
Walton's super aggressive playing style had him on the verge of elimination but he picked up some equity with the flop and turn. However, it was a blank that followed with the river and Walton's run ended in third place for $4,000,000.
There will now be a short break ahead of the heads-up duel for the 2023 WSOP Main Event title.
|Daniel Weinman||443,000,000||215,500,000 |
|Steven Jones||159,500,000||-11,000,000 |
|Adam Walton||0||-204,500,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:53 PM Local Time
Hand #139: Walton Takes From Jones
Hand #139: Steven Jones limped the small blind with and Adam Walton checked his to the flop, on which both players checked. Jones bet the turn for 2,500,000 and Walton called.
The fell on the river and Jones checked, prompting an overbet worth 22,000,000 by Walton to take down the pot.
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:50 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:49 PM Local Time
Hands #137-138: Last Two Pots of the Level for Walton
Hand #137: Adam Walton limped the small blind with and Daniel Weinman raised to 7,000,000 with the in the big blind. The limp-raise to 28,000,000 by Walton followed and that shut down Weinman.
Hand #138: Walton opened to 5,000,000 on the button with and Steven Jones defended the big blind with . Both elected to check to the river on which Walton check-folded to a bet worth 28,000,000.
The last three players then went for a quick ten-minute break.
|Daniel Weinman||227,500,000||-10,000,000 |
|Adam Walton||204,500,000||17,000,000 |
|Steven Jones||170,500,000||-7,000,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:45 PM Local Time
Hands: #132-136: Big Slick Good For Walton
Hand #132: Adam Walton opened to 5,000,000 on the button and won the pot.
Hand #133: Steven Jones raised to 7,500,000 in the small blind and Adam Walton three-bet to 23,500,000 in the big blind. Jones called. Jones checked on the flop of and Walton checked back. Jones then bet 11,000,000 on the turn and Walton called. Jones checked the river and Walton checked back. Jones could only show king-high with and Walton showed to win the pot with a pair of aces as his red-shirted rail broke into screams.
Hand #134: Steven Jones limped in from the button with to see a flop of that checked through. Jones and Daniel Weinman both checked down on the runout of as Jones showed his king to win the pot against the of Weinman.
Hand #135: Adam Walton opened to 5,000,000 with and folded when Daniel Weinman three-bet his to 20,000,000.
Hand #136: Daniel Weinman opened to 5,000,000 on the button with and Adam Walton called out of the big blind with . Walton checked on the flop of and called as Weinman continued for 2,500,000. Walton checked again on the turn and Weinman checked back. Walton checked once more on the turn and Weinman fired a bet of 15,000,000 to bring a quick fold from Walton.
|Daniel Weinman||237,500,000||14,500,000 |
|Adam Walton||187,500,000||24,000,000 |
|Steven Jones||177,500,000||-38,500,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:36 PM Local Time
Bracelet Chasing in Paradise: First Ever WSOP Paradise Planned for December
The 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas is winding down, but the action will heat up again come December with the first ever WSOP Paradise at the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
In partnership with GGPoker, the winter series will include 15 bracelet events from Dec. 3-14. Via a Twitter video, GG's top ambassador Daniel Negreanu shared some details about the upcoming major event.
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Monday, July 17, 2023 2:35 PM Local Time
Hands #127-131: Walton Maintains Aggressive Approach
Hand #127: Steven Jones raised to 8,000,000 out of the small blind with the . Adam Walton three-bet the to 24,000,000 in the big blind and Jones folded.
Hand #128: Walton limped the small blind with the and folded when Daniel Weinman raised to 7,000,000 with the .
Hand #129: Walton opened the with a button raise to 5,000,000 and Weinman called in the small blind with , as did Jones in the big blind with his . The flop came and the action checked to Walton, who bet 5,500,000. Only Jones called as they headed to the turn, which was checked through.
On the river, Jones checked again and Walton bet 10,000,000. The fold by Jones followed and Walton nearly closed the gap without showdown.
Hand #130: Jones limped the small blind and Walton checked from one seat over to the flop. Jones check-called for 2,500,000 and checked again the turn for Walton to bet 5,500,000 before reluctantly check-calling.
The river paired the board for the second time and Jones checked the third street in a row. Walton stared at his opponent before making it 8,000,000 to go and won the pot with as Walton played the board with his
Hand #131: Walton limped the small blind with the and folded when Weinman raised with the to 7,000,000 once more.
|Daniel Weinman||223,000,000||2,000,000 |
|Steven Jones||216,000,000||-44,500,000 |
|Adam Walton||163,500,000||42,500,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:30 PM Local Time
Can Some Fool's Gold Help Adam Walton Capture the 2023 WSOP Main Event Bracelet?
Poker players can be superstitious, and it is not unusual to see them wear a specific item of clothing throughout a tournament or use a trinket as a card protector. The eagle-eyed among you who have followed PokerNews coverage of the 2023 World Series Of Poker Main Event may have noticed something unusual about Adam Walton's chips. No, it is not the way he stacks them, but rather the fact that there is a shiny rock taking pride of place on top of his chips.
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Monday, July 17, 2023 2:26 PM Local Time
Hands #122-126: Walton Three-Bet Jams The Flop
Hand #122: Steven Jones with the opened to 6,500,000 on the button and Adam Walton three-bet to 22,500,000 with . Jones called. Walton continued for 8,500,000 on the flop of raised to 22,000,000 and Walton quickly three-bet all in for 98,500,000 to bring a snap-fold from Jones.
Hand #123: Daniel Weinman completed in the small blind with and Steven Jones checked in the big blind with before the flop of checked through. Both players checked again on the turn and Weinman bet 2,000,000 on the river to get a quick call from Jones. Weinman showed and it was good to win the pot.
Hand #124: In a limped pot between Steven Jones with the and Adam Walton, both players checked on the flop of and again on the turn. Jones checked once more on the river and Walton checked back before showing to win the pot with jack-high.
Hand #125: Adam Walton limped in the small blind with the before Daniel Weinman raised his to 7,000,000 in the big blind to win the pot.
Hand #126: Adam Walton opened to 5,000,000 on the button with and Steven Jones called in the big blind with his . Jones checked on the flop of and Walton continued for 2,500,000. Jones called. Jones checked again on the turn and Walton checked back. Jones checked again on the river and Walton checked back. Jones showed his kings up and it was good to take down the pot.
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:13 PM Local Time
Hands #117-121: Fireworks at the Start
Hand #117: A walk for Steve Jones.
Hand #118: Jones limped in with and Adam Walton raised to 7,500,000 with the for Jones to call. The flop was checked by Jones, who then folded to a continuation bet worth 4,000,000.
Hand #119: Walton limped the and Daniel Weinman raised to 7,000,000 with the only for Walton to limp-raise to 23,000,000 total. Weinman elected to call to see the on which Walton checked, Weinman bet 12,000,000 and won the pot.
Hand #120: Walton raised to 5,000,000 on the button with , Jones three-bet to 21,000,000 in the big blind and took it down with his .
Hand #121: Jones made it 7,500,000 to go out of the small blind holding the and Walton called with his to the flop. Jones continued for 5,500,000 and Walton came along, as they headed to the turn. Another barrel for 9,000,000 by Jones was called and the first river of day appeared with the .
Jones tabled his superior kicker and that won the pot.
|Steven Jones||260,500,000||22,500,000 |
|Daniel Weinman||221,000,000||22,000,000 |
|Adam Walton||121,000,000||-44,500,000 |
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:06 PM Local Time
Shuffle Up and Deal
Cards are in the air and action is underway in the final day of the 2023 WSOP Main Event after a shuffle up and deal announcement from WSOP Vice President Jack Effel.