Joey Weissman Wins Inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship Foremost Occasion ($224,236)

Joey Weissman is the winner of the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship $3,500 Foremost Occasion at ARIA Resort and On line casino after defeating Paul Hoefer throughout heads-up play. Weissman entered heads-up play with a dominant chip lead and completed the job after doubling up his short-stacked opponent twice.

The four-day BetMGM Poker Championship Foremost Occasion drew 343 entrants to generate slightly below $1.1 million in prize cash to surpass the assured million. An honest chunk of the sector, 68 gamers to be actual, certified for the occasion by enjoying on-line at BetMGM Poker in both Michigan, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania.

Weissman, a World Collection of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, provides the highest prize of $224,236 to his earlier $4.1 million in Hendon Mob-reported earnings along with the magnificent golden cup.

“That is the stuff we get up for,” Weissman advised PokerNews after the victory. “On daily basis we get up, more often than not we lose. As my good buddy Pads (Patrick Leonard) says, you get up, you endure, you fall asleep, you get up, you endure, you do it once more. That is the day you get up for, although. Some days you win.”

2022 BetMGM Poker Championship Foremost Occasion Last Desk Outcomes

  1 Joey Weissman United States $224,236
  2 Paul Hoefer Germany $159,152
  3 Noel Rodriguez United States $104,272
  4 Michael Wang United States $65,856
  5 Benji Felson United States $51,587
  6 Joe Kuether United States $41,709
  7 Zachary Donovan United States $34,026
  8 Todd Ivens United States $28,538
  9 Albert Nguyen Canada $24,147

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Last Desk Motion

Day 4 started with solely six gamers and took almost seven hours to get right down to a winner. First out was veteran grinder Joe Kuether, who ran ace-queen into the pocket queens of Hoefer to fall in sixth place for $41,709.

Benji Felson, the final BetMGM Poker qualifier standing who satellited into the event for simply $500, was subsequent out when he received it in with high pair solely to be out-kicked by Hoefer. The payday of $51,587 gave the New Jersey qualifier a better than 100x return on his funding and largest rating so far.

Benji Felson
Benji Felson was the final on-line qualifier standing.

Bracelet winner Michael Wang bowed out in fourth in heartbreaking vogue when he received it in with pocket queens in opposition to the ace-jack of diamonds of Weissman. Wang stayed forward till the river card, which gave Weissman a coveted Royal Flush to crack the queens filled with Wang, who stored a smile on his face as he took the gutwrenching beat.

Noel Rodriguez fell in third when he three-bet shoved with king-queen and couldn’t improve against the ace-jack of Weissman, who entered heads-up play with a dominant chip lead over Hoefer before the German managed to double up twice to stay afloat.

In the final hand, Weissman held ace-four and put Hoefer in for the rest of his stack. Hoefer called with king-deuce and managed to out-flop Weissman before Weissman spiked an ace on the river to win the hand and the tournament. It was quite the spin-up for Hoefer, who began the day as the short stack with just 12 big blinds and managed to ladder to a second-place victory worth $159,152.

Weissman told PokerNews he navigated heads-up play cautiously despite having a big lead. In the same PokerGO Studio last year, Weissman overcame a dominant heads-up lead by Adam Hendrix to take down the U.S. Poker Open Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $204,000.

“So, I do know from firsthand (expertise) that folks come again in heads-up and win,” he stated. “So that you’ve simply received to remain targeted, you’ll be able to’t get too cocky. Something can occur.”

That wraps up PokerNews’ protection of the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship Foremost Occasion at ARIA Resort and On line casino. Be sure you try the live reporting portal for protection of different occasions.

Joey Weissman
Joey Weissman celebrates together with his rail!


  • Joey Weissman (@JoeyWeissman) received inaugural @BetMGMPoker Championship $3,500 Foremost Occasion for $224,236.

Author: Bradley Watson