July 16, 2023
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) celebrates another historic win after Daniel Weinman overcame all odds to win the WSOP Main Event and bag the $12.1 million prize. To register the epic victory, the player had to outlast over 10,000 professional poker players.
According to a Tweet from WSOP, the $12.1 million win is the largest ever recorded in the event's history. In addition, he is the first poker player to bag the event since John Cynn's dominant performance in 2018 to win $8.8 million.
In a final hand that lasted just over nine minutes, Weinman defeated Steven Jones, another player from the United States, to win the Main Event. This was faster than most observers had anticipated.
After an eternity, both players flipped their top pairs, and Jones finally decided to go for the jugular with his Jack-eight. But Weinman did not fall for the bluff, choosing to call with his King-Jack. Weinman only needed 164 hands to win the final table, making this one of the shortest finals in poker game history.
In addition to the cash prize, the 35-year-old gambler also received the WSOP Main Event bracelet. This bracelet comprises 500 kilograms of 10-karat yellow gold and 2,352 precious jewels.
Following the victory, Weinman told reporters:
“I was honestly on the fence about even coming back and playing this tournament. 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. 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.”
The player decided to keep his cards close when pressed to reveal his plans for the money. He said:
“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.”
WSOP's Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Ty Stewart, termed the victory "special" in the history of live poker events. He said it was spectacular to watch Daniel win an event with 10,043 entrants, and it will be a great honor to raise the player's banner next year.
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