Daniel Weinman won the Main Event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on Monday, earning $12.1 million.
Entering the tournament for the 16th time, Weinman came out on top in a large pool of 10,043 players vying for $93.39 million. His win came after just 164 hands at the final table.
“I honestly wasn’t sure if I should even come back and play this tournament,” the 35-year-old Atlanta native told reporters afterwards.
Weinman’s final table included Jan-Peter Jachtmann, who finished fourth and took home $3 million, and Toby Lewis, who finished seventh and took home $1.42 million.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Main Event’s attendance far surpassed the previous record of 8,773 set in 2006.
“I’ve always felt like poker was going in a dying direction, but seeing the numbers at the World Series this year was incredible,” Weinman said. “And winning that main event doesn’t feel real. I think, [there’s] So lucky in a poker tournament. I thought I played very well.
Steven Jones finished second and secured $6.5 million. And Adam Walton settled for third place and $4 million in prize money.