And then there were three. The WSOP Main Event began on July 3 and after 13 days and nights, there's only three players left in the hunt for the coveted bracelet and a mountain of cash worth $12.1 million. A trio of Americans are still alive out of the 10,043 original runners who took a shot at glory and fame. One of these three gentlemen will become the next big name in poker.... Steven Jones, Dan Weinman, or Adam Walton.
After a day off on Saturday, the final nine resumed play in Las Vegas. The first day of the 2023 WSOP Main Event final table took place on Sunday with the intention to play down to four. On Monday, the second day of the final table concluded with the final four playing down to a champion.
In the first 40 hands, four big stacks emerged with a least 100M and four small stacks hovered around 25K. Two players busted very close to each other within a three-hand span.
Italy's Daniel Holzner was the first player eliminated at the final table. He made a final stand with and Steve Jones took him on with pocket tens. The pair held up and Jones won the flip. Holzer, the lone Italian at the final table, snagged $900,000 for ninth place.
On Hand #45, two small stacks squared off two hands after Holzner busted.. Juan Macerias took into battle against Tony Lewis' . Lewis flopped an Ace and dragged the pot to stay alive. Macerias busted in eighth place, which paid out $1,125,000
On Hand #52, Toby Lewis hit the bricks in seventh place. His lost a race against Jones' pocket tens. Lewis banked $1,425,000 for his deep run. Jones picked off a second player, and now held over 172M in chips as the overall leader.
On Hand #84, Dean Hutchinson hit the road when he shoved with pocket fives and Jan-Peter Jachtmann was ready to ambush him with pocket sevens. The sevens prevailed and the German took out the Scotsman. Hutch busted in sixth place, which paid out $1.85 million.
Jachtmann chipped up to 153.8M and moved into second behind Jones with 175M. Ruslan Prydryk was the lone shorty with 22.7M with five to go and blinds at 1M/2M and a 2M ante.
On Hand #106, Ruslan Prydryk met his fate when he shoved with and Dan Weinman threw down with Ace-Jack. Weinman flopped top two pair, but Prydryk picked up a gutshot Broadway draw. The turn was the Qs and Prydryk picked up more outs. The river was and Prydryk failed to stave off elimination. Weinman dragged the pot chipped up to over 233M. Prydryk won a fifth-place payout worth $2.4 million.
On Hand #116, Jones min-raised, Walton smooth called, and Jachtmann jammed with King-Queen from the big blind. Jones bailed and Walton snap-called with . The pocket Aces held up and Jachtmann said "Auf Wiedersehen!" For a fourth-place finish, the German banked $3,000,000.
The final three -- all of them Americans -- return on Monday to determine the next Main Event champion.
See ya on Monday to find out which American will be the last player standing
2023 WSOP Main Event
Prize Pool: $93,399,900
Final Table Results:
1. ??? - $12,100,000
2. ??? - $6,500,000
3. ??? - $4,000,000
4. Jan-Peter Jachtmann (Germany) $3,000,000
5. Ruslan Prydryk (Ukraine) $2,400,000
6. Dean Hutchinson (UK) $1,850,000
7. Toby Lewis (UK) $1,425,000
8. Juan Macerias (Spain) $1,125,000
9. Daniel Holzner (Italy) $900,000