Having won a WSOP bracelet and U.S. Poker Open title, Joey Weissman has now added a third major title to his poker resume by winning the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship $3,500 Main Event for $224,236.
This is Weissman’s third-biggest career score behind his WSOP bracelet and second place in a Wynn Spring Classic event in 2021. Weissman now pushes his lifetime tournament earnings to more than $4.34 million after he defeated German Paul Hoefer heads-up to win the BetMGM Poker Championship.
The BetMGM Poker Championship attracted 343 entrants and created a prize pool of $1,097,600 in prize money. Some of the top 44 players that finished in-the-money included D.J. Alexander, Norbert Szecsi, Anton Wigg, Dylan DeStefano, Jake Schwartz, Ankush Mandavia, Michael Gathy, Isaac Kempton, Jake Daniels, Kevin Rabichow, and Shankar Pillai. Heading into the final day of play, Weissman would lead the final six players but would immediately double the only international player at the table when Hoefer’s king-three held against Weissman’s queen-jack.
Once play resumed after the first break, Joe Kuether would be eliminated in sixth place when his queen-jack failed to improve against the ace-nine of Noel Rodriguez. Hoefer made a run up the leaderboard before he doubled Weissman and BetMGM Poker NJ Qualifier Benji Felson. Felson didn’t last too long once play resumed after the second break when he was all-in on the flop with second pair but was outkicked by Hoefer. Felson had qualified for just $500 and parlayed that into $51,587 – more than a 100x return on his investment.
In one of the craziest hands at a streamed PokerGO final table, Michael Wang was all-in holding queens against the ace-jack of diamonds of Weissman. The flop kept Wang in the lead, but the turn gave Weissman outs to an ace or diamond. The river landed the queen to give Wang a full house, but it also brought a royal flush for Weissman to send Wang to the rail in fourth place. Rodriguez was next to ext when he was all-in with king-queen against the ace-jack of Weissman. Weissman flopped a full house, and no crazy runout came for Rodriguez to put the tournament down to heads-up play with Weissman holding a greater than five-to-one lead over Hoefer.
Hoefer managed to find one double, but Weissman chipped away before the final hand played out that saw Hoefer all-in with king-deuce against the ace-four of Weissman. Hoefer took the lead on the flop with bottom pair, but the ace on the river would eliminate Hoefer in second place as Weissman was crowned the BetMGM Poker Championship $3,500 Main Event winner.