“It Doesn’t Feel Real” – Daniel Weinman Wins Largest Prize in WSOP History

  • Weinman bagged $12.1m in the $10,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em Main Event
  • It represents the largest prize in WSOP history, and the biggest entry pool
  • Steven Jones came second for $6.5m, while Adam Walton got $4m for third
Daniel Weinman
Daniel Weinman (pictured) has bagged $12.1m in the 2023 WSOP Main Event. [Image: WSOP Twitter]

Poker pro Daniel Weinman has just increased his total career live earnings from $3.7m to a staggering $15.9m. The Atlanta native won the top prize in this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, bagging himself a $12.1m payday from the record $93.4m prize pool.

The $12.1m represents the largest prize in WSOP history, topping the $12m earned by 2006 champion Jamie Gold. The 2023 $10,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em Main Event’s entry pool far surpassed the previous record of 8,773 set in 2006 too, reaching 10,043 players.

Predictably, it’s also Weinman’s largest win by a long way, his previous best being an $892,433 win in the 2017 World Poker Tour Main Event.  

I was honestly on the fence about even coming back”

Weinman has now played in the WSOP Main Event for 16 years. Speaking with reporters after the historic win, he said: “I was honestly on the fence about even coming back and playing this tournament. 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 other top Main Event prizes were claimed by Steven Jones, who finished second for $6.5m, and Adam Walton, who bagged $4m for finishing third.

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