We had more than 22,000 entries during the series and awarded $23,399,555 in the primary events alone. We set a record that stood for an entire year; the third time in our history with more than 20K entries in a single series and 22,035 is now at the top.
They created a prize pool worth $7,328,000 and smashed the $3,000,000 before dinner break of the first flight. Six players battled for the title in Las Vegas on May 25, with Bin Weng taking the top spot for $1,128,250.
Two players booked two wins during the series; Leonardo Emperador won $400 Turbo Event 34 and $200 Big Stack Event 5), and Jonathan Breneman finished on top of $400 Limit Omaha 8 Event 24 and $1,100 Eight-Game Mix Event 31.
We had three High Rollers and three great champs; David Peters ($50,000 Super High Roller), Ren Lin ($25,500 High Roller PLO), and Thomas Boivin ($25,500 High Roller NLH) took home a lot of money and Lin is also notable because he won the PLO High Roller and finished the NLH High Roller in third place.
It was a great series from start to finish and we can’t thank our players enough for the support. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.
2023 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship $3,000,000 Guaranteed Entries: 2,290 Prize Pool: $7,328,000 April 28-May 25, 2023
The 2023 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship drew 2,290 entries, created an exciting atmosphere, and played the finale in Las Vegas. Bin Weng went to the final table with the chip lead, ending with his first WPT title and $1,128,250.
“(Winning a WPT title) was one of my main goals, when I started to play poker (full time) back in 2019,” Weng said. “It means a lot to me, definitely.”
The tournament featured a $3,000,000 guaranteed prize pool with two starting flights. Our players turned out and created the second-biggest $3,500 WPT Championship field in main tour history, second only to the same tournament in 2021. They created a prize pool worth $7,328,000 and the last 287 spots were paid.
The Championship played down in our Grand Ballroom until only six players remained. Those six flew to Las Vegas, where they competed on the big stage in front of the WPT cameras.
Weng led most of the way at the final table, only dropping into second once heads up with Sri Sangannagari, but he regained the lead along with the title. The $1,128,250 payday is the biggest cash of his career and second million-dollar score this year.
“This is the biggest dream to put my name on the Mike Sexton Cup. For me, it’s already a win. I’m very happy.” Weng told WPT reporters. “I just called my wife and she was very proud of me…she was speechless. I don’t know how to describe all my feelings right now.”
Congrats to Bin on the win and thank you to everyone who made the tournament a success!
Final table results:
1st: Bin Weng – $1,128,250 (includes seat in WPT World Championship) 2nd: Sri Sangannagari – $745,000 3rd: Mitch Garshofsky – $550,000 4th: David Mzareulov – $413,000 5th: Jack Thu – $312,000 6th: Rafael Farah – $238,000
$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship $3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 34: 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante Players Remaining: 2 of 2,290
Mitch Garshofsky open-shoved from the button for 6,375,000 and Bin Weng called from the big blind.
Garshofsky was behind but was drawing to two live, suited cards. That changed when Weng paired his ace on the flop. Garshofsky paired his five on the turn but his Championship came to an end after the river.
Bin Weng – 93,175,000 (186 bb) Mitch Garshofsky – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($550,000)
$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship $3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 34: 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante Players Remaining: 4 of 2,290
Bin Weng opened to 2,025,000 from the small blind and Jack Thu thought it through in the big blind. He used one of his time chips, moved all in for 13,450,000 and Weng called.
Thu had bad kicker issues with his smaller ace and it got a lot worse when Weng paired his queen on the flop. Trip queens on the turn and Thu, our only South Florida representative, was eliminated in fifth place.
Bin Weng – 71,950,000 Jack Thu – Eliminated in 5th Place ($312,000)