The World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced that if the attendance record of 8,773 participants from 2006 were broken in the 2023 WSOP Main Event, then they would randomly choose one player from the record-setting field to win a WSOP Main Event seat for the next 30 years.
With a record-shattering field of 10,043 entrants, the WSOP Main Event Seat for 30 years promotion kicked in, and the lucky winner was Canadian Jason Clarke.
The 42-year-old real estate agent from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, has amassed more than $169,000 in lifetime tournament earnings, according to The Hendon Mob. However, one key result is missing from his profile: a WSOP Daily Deepstack that he chopped before jumping into Day 1D of the 2023 WSOP Main Event.
"The day before 1D of the Main Event, I won just under $20,000 in a two-way chop in the Daily Deepstack," Clarke said. "I used those winnings to buy into the Main Event. And now I'm here."
At the WSOP, Clarke has cashed 12 times for more than $31,000 in winnings. However, nothing beat when he was notified that he was the lucky player to win the WSOP Main Event Seat for 30 years.
"I was actually in disbelief," Clarke said when he learned the news. "I thought it might have been a friend playing a joke, but it wasn't. I feel very blessed and honored, and I look forward to the opportunity."
Clarke comes to the WSOP every year to try his luck, and now he'll have 30 years of WSOP Main Events in his back pocket.
"I'll be here every year regardless," Clarke said on if his WSOP plans change going forward. "Now it's extra exciting because I know I'm guaranteed a seat into the Main Event."
Being blessed by winning the WSOP Main Event Seat for the next 30 years allowed Clarke to give back. For the next 30 years, Clarke will donate 5% to the Ontario Brain Institute in honor of his brother, who passed away about eight years ago.
The 2023 WSOP Main Event was Clarke's first time playing the WSOP Main Event, and he took a seat on Day 1D and bagged 67,300. Unfortunately, his tournament ended on Day 2, but in return, he was awarded a 30-year freeroll to play the WSOP Main Event. If the cards can fall in Clarke's favor from now until 2053 in the WSOP Main Event, he will not just add to his poker resume, but he'll be able to help the Ontario Brain Institute achieve its goal of making Ontario one of the world leaders in brain research and care.