The largest live score of Daniel Weinman’s career came this week; Weinman earned $280,260 by besting 1,009 opponents at the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Cherokee Main Event. The longtime pro had only earned one other six-figure prize in his career, despite the fact that he was nearing $1 million in live-tournament earnings when the tournament started.
The Atlanta native is no stranger to the WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event. His only other big cash came from the same tournament in 2013 (when he finished second to John Bowman and earned $154,772). The same year, he took fourth in the WSOP Circuit New Orleans Main Event for $77,432.
Weinman entered the third day in great position, sitting second in chips. He stayed aggressive and was responsible for two big busts en route to the final table, taking down 18th-place Susan Faber and 14th-place Paul Mattioda.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Weinman told WSOP officials after the tournament. “I was in the same spot two years ago – the first time they held this event here. I had the chip lead for a long time at that final table and couldn’t really close it out.”
In the first few hands of the final table, it looked like it might be the same story as Weinman started siphoning chips. He didn’t gain anything back until the 29th round of play. Finally, he took out Hamid Izadi in ninth and Virgin Beddingfield in eighth. Four other players fell before things really got interesting between Weinman, Edward LeBlanc, and Kelly Andrews in the final three.
The winner sent Andrews home in third with $128,775 after Andrews’ A♧, Q♢ didn’t measure up to Weinman’s pocket threes.
Heads-up play began with Weinman and LeBlanc fairly even in chips. Weinman was able to pull out in front when he bet 2.3 million on an A♧, J♡. The board gave Weinman a pair of jacks against LeBlanc’s sixes.
The final hand followed in short order; LeBlanc moved all-in with Q♢, 2♤, but Weinman (A♤, 2♧) wasn’t scared away. The flop and turn (Q♧, 6♤, 4♢, 8♧) put LeBlanc in the lead, but Weinman lucked out, spiking an A♢ on the river that gave him the win.
Weinman’s career earnings now total nearly $1.2 million.
Final table results:
(Photo credit: Poker Photos, Creative Commons).
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