Friday December 22, 2023 at 9:20 pm

The record-setting 2023 World Poker Tour Championship at the Wynn Las Vegas is over. Dan Sepiol outlasted a field of 3,835 runners to win the $10,400 buy-in WPT Championship for a score worth $5,282,954. He edged out Georgios Sotiropoulos heads-up to win the title, and survived a tough final table that included Andrew 'LuckyChewy' Lichtenberger, Chris Moorman, Ben Heath, and Artur Martirosian.

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Dan Sepiol - 2023 WPT Championship (Pic by @WPT)

Ship it to Dan Sepiol. The final major tournament of the 2023 global circuit has come to an end at the Wynn Las Vegas with the conclusion of the 2023 WPT Championship. This has been one of the wildest years in recent poker history, and it's fitting that 2023 ended on a high note with the largest WPT Championship in history.

The 2023 WPT Championship began with 3,835 runners taking a shot at the $10,400 buy-in marquee event. Th prize pool was $40,000,000 and the top 480 places got a cut of the juicy prize pool.

Among the notable players who went deep and cashed included... Maxime Chilaud, Kristen Foxen, Princess Love, Alex Foxen, Viet Vo, Jack Salter, Igor Kurganov, Minh Nguyen, Christoph Vogelsang, Vinny Pahuja, Norbert Szecsi, Joe Kuether, Stuart Ritter, Upeshka De Silva, Kristina Holst, Brad Owen, Lyle Berman, Jeff Hakim, Alessio Isaia, David 'The Dragon' Pham, Denis Ethier, Davidi Kitai, Joe Cada, Chance Kornuth, Kenna James, Jason Somevrille, Adam Hendrix, Hossein Ensan, Sean Yu, Chris Hunichen, Eliot Hudon, Adam Friedman, Phil Laak, Sam Chartier, Robert Mizrachi, Taylor Black, Julien Martini, Joao Simao, Joe Hachem, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Ralph Perry, Sean Winter, Byron Kaverman, Matt Affleck, Matt Bond, Ryan Tosoc, John Myung, Kyle Julius, Cary Katz, Brett Apter, Mustapha Kanit, Michael Gathy, Brian Hastings, David Bakes Baker, Nenad Medic, Ben Keeline, Ronnie Bardah, Anton Wigg, Taylor Paur, Eric Baldwin,

Brynn Kenney, Huck Seed, Joe Tehan, Brock Wilson, Scott Seiver, Lynn Gilmartin, Maria Konnikova, David Williams, Anatoly Filatov and Nam Le.

Carl Shaw bubbled the final table in seventh place. The final table included Chris Moorman, Lucky Chewy, Ben Heath, Artur Martirosian, Georgios Sotiropoulos, and Dan Sepiol.

Artur Martirosian was the first player to bust at the final table, and he snagged a payday worth $1,207,000 when his pocket fives lost to Sepiol's pocket sevens.

Ben Heath bombed it all in with Carte Dame de cœurCarte Valet de carreau against Sotiropoulos' Carte As de trèfleCarte 7 de trèfle. Sotiropoulos flopped a pair of Aces to improve his lead, but Heath picked up a Broadway gutter draw. The Carte 2 de trèfle on the turn gave Sotiropoulos more outs with a flush draw. The Carte 10 de cœur fell on the river. Sotiropoulos won the pot with Acs up and two pair. Heath whiffed on his straight draw and headed to the rail in fifth place, which paid out $1,583,100.

Chris Moorman made a valiant final stand with Carte Dame de trèfleCarte Valet de cœur against Sotiropoulos' Carte Roi de trèfleCarte Dame de carreau. Both players flopped a gutshot Broadway draw on a flop of Carte As de carreauCarte As de trèfleCarte 10 de pique. Moorman turned an opened-ended straight draw when the Carte 9 de pique hit the turn. Both players whiffed on the river when the Carte 7 de cœur appeared. Sotiropoulos won the pot with a pair of Aces and King-high. Moorman headed to the rail in fourth place which paid a smidge over $2 million.

With three to go, Lucky Chewy hoped he could get a little lucky with Big Slick versus Sepiol's pocket Jacks. Alas, his Big Slick never improved and Sepiol's Jacks held up. Lichtenberger bounced in third place, which paid out $2,798,700

On the final hand, Sotiropoulos made a final sand with Carte Roi de cœurCarte Dame de trèfle against Sepiol's KcCarte 3 de cœur. Sotiropoulos was ahead until the Carte 3 de carreau spiked on the turn to seal his fate. Sepiol dragged the pot and won the tournament with a pair of treys.

Sotiropoulos banked $4,167,246 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby!

Dan Sepiol became the newest champion on the WP when he shipped the 2023 WPT Championship for $5,282,954.

2023 WPT Championship

Buy-in: $10,400

Entrants: 3,835

Prize Pool: $40,000,000

Payouts: 480

 

Final Table Results:

1. Dan Sepiol $5,282,954

2. Georgios Sotiropoulos $4,167,246

3. Andrew Lichtenberger $2,798,700

4. Chris Moorman $2,095,300

5. Ben Heath $1,583,100

6. Artur Martirosian $1,207,000

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