By TheNuts - Jul 19, 2023
2023 WSOP - We Have a Winner!
Daniel Weinman of Atlanta is the new poker world champion after taking down the 2023 World Series of Poker Main Event in a brief, two-hour final day. The Georgia Tech graduate defeated a field of 10,043 players, by far the most in the Main Event's more than 50-year history, to take home the greatest prize in tournament history—$12.1 million.
All-night games are less frequent on the last day of the tournament since the schedule was changed to make it three- or four-handed instead of nine-handed, but Monday's game was still relatively brief, lasting less than 50 hands.
With 238 million chips, Steven Jones came in as the chip leader on Monday. With 199 million, Weinman came in second, followed by Adam Walton (165.5 million). Walton was not your normal short stack with 83 large blinds, so it might have been a long night.
It wasn't, though. Weinman swiftly took the lead, although there wasn't much relative movement in the stacks. No one had actually broken up or down. On the 24th hand of Monday, Hand #140 of the final table, however, everything abruptly altered. Walton called after Jones from the dealer position upped the bet to 6 million, and Weinman from the large blind three-bet to 27 million.
Jones folded, but Walton unexpectedly moved all-in for 209.5 million, maybe hoping to convince Weinman to do the same. In contrast to Walton's two black 8s, Weinman called right away with two red Aces. Walton had a gut-shot straight draw by the turn, but the river bricked, knocking him out in third place.
Going into heads-up, Weinman held a massive advantage of 443 million to 159.5 million. Jones made some progress, but she could only get up to around 50% of Weinman's stack.
Weinman placed a 38 million-chip wager after the turn, which was a 4. Jones considered his options for four minutes before deciding to go all-in for 146 million. Weinman requested a count before making the call after momentarily considering his next move. Daniel Weinman won the 2023 World Series of Poker Main Event after an ace on the river secured the deal.
In his post-game interview, Weinman discussed the final hand and remarked, "When he went in the tank for what felt like 10 minutes, it felt like true doubt at this moment. I didn't think he was trapping with a set or a turned wheel; rather, it seemed more like he had a mediocre pair or a feeble jack and was unsure of whether to leave. I simply assumed that he was about where he needed to be when he took so long and jammed.
2023 World Series of Poker Main Event – Final Table Results
- Daniel Weinman – $12,100,000
- Steven Jones – $6,500,000
- Adam Walton – $4,000,00
- Jan-Peter Jachtmann – $3,000,000
- Ruslan Prydryk – $2,400,000
- Dean Hutchison – $1,850,000
- Toby Lewis – $1,425,000
- Juan Maceiras – $1,125,000
- Daniel Holzner – $900,000