2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Daniel Holzner
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Final Table Profile: Daniel Holzner
Daniel Holzner's Main Event Story
Daniel Holzner is an Italian poker player with $39,517 in recorded live tournament earnings.
His first tournament score came in 2012, and he has since added 12 more recorded cashes to his resume.
Most of his scores have come in small-stakes events in Austria, with a couple coming from Czechia. At the 2023 World Series of Poker, he secured his first-ever WSOP cash in the Millionaire Maker. He came in 652nd for $4,070.
Also, at the 2023 WSOP, he made the final table of the Main Event. It was his first time playing poker's World Championship event, which could mark the start of a Cinderella story.
Based in the very North of Italy, Holzner's exploits on the felt are a far cry away from his usual routine.
"I am a farmer. I work with my dad, who is over there. And yeah, we have apple trees, we work there, and this is my work besides poker," he told PokerNews.
Holzner's Run to the Final Table
Holzner's journey to the Main Event table has not been painless, with him being one of the shortest stacks over the last few days. His journey was nearly cut short on several occasions, but Holzner always found a way to survive.
Since Day 6, he has propped up much of the pack and does the same when play resumes.
With ten players left, he had less than a handful of big blinds and was all in and at risk on the first hand of the unofficial final table. He got in with ace-queen and was up against the ace-ten held by Juan Maceiras. A ten on the flop had him with one foot out of the door, but a queen on the river kept him in contention for poker's most sought-after prize.
"It's crazy," Holzner said when reliving the hand. "I mean, if I would have passed with that hand, that would have hurt a lot. I mean, he's dominated. The ten on the flop did not look that good, but I called for my one time before the queen came in."
Holzner scored another double through Daniel Weinman before play concluded which saw him bag and tag 31,900,000, which is good for 27 big blinds.
Interestingly, Holzner received entry into the Main Event after his family and friends pooled together the buy-in as a present for his 30th birthday.
"It's nice to be out here on the final table. I guess I have to make a really big, big, big party for them, all of them."
Can the possibility of a raucous Italian rail spur Holzner to victory, and can he go one stop further than compatriot Dario Sammartino, who finished as the runner-up in poker's World Championship in 2019?
How Holzner Got to the Final Table
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2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Seating
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Steven Jones||United States||90,300,000||75|
|4||Adam Walton||United States||143,800,000||120|
|6||Dean Hutchison||United Kingdom||41,700,000||35|
|7||Toby Lewis||United Kingdom||19,800,000||17|
|8||Daniel Weinman||United States||81,700,000||68|
Holzner's Final Table Performance
Holzner started Day 9 of the Main Event with 31,900,000 in chips. This put him in the danger zone, with second shortest stack at the beginning of the day.
By hand #43 of the final table, Holzner's stack had shrunk to 16,400,000. Jones raised to 3.2 million and Holzner put 16.3 million in, leaving himself just 100,000 behind. The table folded round to Jones who raised the additional 100k.
Holzner called, turning over the A♦J♣, while Jones showed 10♠10♥.
Each player's rail seemed to be trying to outdo the other as they cheered the board out. Unfortunately for Holzner's rail, the run out of Q♣Q♠3♥2♥4♥ didn't help him. Jones raked in the pot and Holzner headed to the rail in ninth place, earning $900,000.
2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payouts
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (in USD)|
2023 Main Event Final Table Player Stats
|Player||Country||First Cash||WSOP Cashes||Career Earnings||Biggest Cash|
|Adam Walton||United States||2009||20||$989,037||$283,072|
|Steven Jones||United States||2016||23||$245,346||$57,425|
|Daniel Weinman||United States||2010||69||$3,757,357||$892,433|
|Dean Hutchison||United Kingdom||2010||9||$723,865||$154,000|
|Toby Lewis||United Kingdom||2009||48||$8,213,474||$1,235,204|
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Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum's proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.