2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Toby Lewis
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Final Table Profile: Toby Lewis
|Hometown:||Eastleigh, United Kingdom|
Toby Lewis' Main Event Story
Toby Lewis's run to the 2023 WSOP Main Event final table is no fluke. The British poker pro has been a crusher for years and is the most accomplished tournament player among the nine remaining players. He has over $8.2 million in live tournament cashes, per Hendon Mob, and is chasing his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet.
Lewis has cashes dating all the way back to 2009, his largest being a $1.2 million score for winning the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event, his crowning achievement as a poker player. Lewis followed that up with an A$818K win the next year, and then won a third title in Melbourne in 2020.
The King of Melbourne now has a shot at becoming the Emperor of Vegas after reaching the 2023 WSOP Main Event final table.
“Obviously it’s the best tournament of the year and it’s just a marathon, a grind, mental exhaustion. I think to make it this far is an achievement, you have to be very disciplined for a long time so I’m proud of that," Lewis said after reaching the final table.
Lewis' Run to the Final Table
Lewis didn't exactly get off to a strong start to his Main Event. In fact, after Day 2d, he wasn't much above his initial starting stack and was well below the average stack. On Day 3, he bumped it up a bit but was still only around an average stack.
What Lewis did exceptionally well throughout his run to glory was to keep grinding and patiently await his opportunity to build up his stack. That occurred on Day 5 when he increased his stack up to 4,275,000 by the end of the session. Despite his fantastic run on Day 5, one highly publicized fold with the nut flush against a crazy eight-high bluff stood out.
Still, the British pro shrugged it off, sticking with his reads throughout including a very disciplined fold against Jan-Peter Jachtmann with top two pair against a flopped flush on Day 7.
By the conclusion of Day 7, the British poker star was up to over 50 million chips, good for fifth out of 15 remaining players. As the final table approached on Day 8, he hit a rocky patch and finished with 19,800,000, the smallest stack entering Sunday's second-to-last session.
“It didn’t go very well 10-handed, but maybe if we get shorter-handed. It’s not a huge advantage," Lewis said when asked if his experience will give him an edge over the competition at the final table.
How Lewis Got to the Final Table
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2023 Main Event Final Table Seating
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Steven Jones||United States||90,300,000||90|
|4||Adam Walton||United States||143,800,000||144|
|6||Dean Hutchison||United Kingdom||41,200,000||41|
|7||Toby Lewis||United Kingdom||19,800,000||20|
|8||Daniel Weinman||United States||81,700,000||82|
Toby Lewis' Final Table Performance
Lewis started Day 9 in a tough spot. With just 19,800,000, he was the smallest stack at the final table. However, his stack still represented around 20 big blinds. So, he still a little room to maneuver.
The first five rounds of play were a slow give-and-take of chips. Then Daniel Holzner hit the rails in ninth-place ($900,000) on Hand #43. Two hands later, Lewis knocked out Juan Maceiras (8th-$1,125,000). This win bumped Lewis up to a much healthier stack of 42,300,000.
One round later, Lewis made a squeeze play all in with K♠J♣. He can't have been pleased to get a call from Steven Jones that put Lewis at risk.
Jones showed 10♠10♥ and the pair were flipping as the dealer burned and turned. The board of 7♣3♠A♥A♠2♣ didn't give Lewis much hope, sending him to the rail in seventh place for $1,425,000.
2023 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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