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Daniel Weinman Wins 2017 World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions

29-Year-Old Tops Field of 66 WPT Champions to Win $381,500 and 2018 Audi S5 Coupe


Daniel Weinman has won the second annual World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, defeating Michael Mizrachi heads-up to secure the prestigious title and the first-place payout of $381,500. Money was not the only thing Weinman was awarded, though. The 29-year-old poker pro, who qualified for this event by winning the 2017 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open on his birthday this February, also earned a 2018 Audi S5 coupe, a pair of rose gold wireless Monster headphones, a Hublot King Power Unico Carbon and Red watch, a custom poker table and more. All told the additional luxury prizes that Weinman earned were worth another $150,000 in estimated value.

“It feels incredible. I think I played some awesome poker today and I came out on top so I can’t really ask for anything more," Weinman told WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage in an interview following his win. “It was a long three days, I was very sick the first day, I was kind of lucky to get through. But then I feel like I was able to focus on the last two days.”

Weinman survived a field of 66 WPT champions, with every winner from this seat earning their way in for free and champions from prior seasons able to buy-in rake free for $15,000. The tournament also featured $100,000 in added money provided by the title sponsor, Monster.

Weinman entered the final day as the chip leader, but he had plenty fo tough competition to deal with including Poker Hall of Fame member Erik Seidel (5th – $73,575) and two-time WPT champion Michael "The Grinder’ Mizrachi (2nd – $218,000.)

Weinman took roughly a 5-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Mizrachi, but only a few hands in the Southern Florida native found a double up to the delight of a boisterous and supportive rail. Mizrachi doubled up again not long after, but the third time was the charm for Weinman when it came to all-in pots. His AClub Suit8Heart Suit outran Mizrachi’s pocket fives with a board of QDiamond SuitJClub Suit3Club Suit8Spade Suit7Club Suit. Mizrachi earned $218,000 as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Daniel Weinman $381,500
2 Michael Mizrachi $218,000
3 Daniel Santoro $133,525
4 David Ormsby $95,375
5 Erik Seidel $73,575
6 Dylan Wilkerson $57,225