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Joey Weissman (cover image), a WSOP bracelet winner and U.S. Poker Open title holder, a third major title to his poker resume after winning the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event for $224,236. Another former bracelet winner, Paul Hoefer, finished runner-up for $159,152.
This win was the Las Vegas resident’s first live title of the year and his fourth final table finish. The win also secured Weissman his third-best career score, behind only his 2012 WSOP bracelet win in Event #46: $2,500 No-Limit Hold ’em worth $694,609, and a second-place finish in a Wynn Spring Classic event in 2021, where he netted $230,090. It also pushed Weissman’s career live tournament earnings to $4.3 Million.
Weissman steamrolled the final table after coming in with the chip lead. He collects $224,236 for his victory.
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The four-day tournament took place at the Aria Resort and Casino and registered a 343-player field, generating just under $1.1 Million in total prize money to surpass the $1 Million guarantee. The top 44 places were paid.
Several tournament stars made deep runs in this event, only to fall short of the final table. Among those to cash were Indo-American Shankar Pillai (14th for $16,464), Isaac Kempton (18th for $14,269), Michael Gathy (22nd for $10,208), Norbert Szecsi (39th for $6,586), and DJ Alexander (41st for $6,256).
Joe Kuether and online qualifier Benji Felson were among the early casualties on the final day. Weissman then dramatically knocked out bracelet winner Michael Wang when he hit a royal flush on the river with the same card that gave Wang a full house.
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Wang’s elimination gave Weissman a sizable lead in short-handed play. He went on to eliminate Noel Rodriguez and bracelet winner Paul Hoefer to close out the victory.
On the final hand, Hoefer went all-in on a king-deuce versus Weissman’s ace-four. Weissman sealed the deal as an ace landed on the river.
Final Table Results (USD)
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