2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Toby Lewis

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Final Table Profile: Toby Lewis

Chip Count:19,800,000
Big Blinds:20
Hometown:Eastleigh, United Kingdom
Twitter: @810ofclubs 

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

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Toby Lewis

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

Day 1d59,4001,928/3,205
Day 2d97,0001,145/1,663
Day 3348,000656/1,518
Day 41,210,000208/441
Day 54,275,00066/149
Day 615,250,00014/49
Day 750,050,0005/15
Day 819,800,0009/9
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2023 Main Event Final Table Seating

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Steven JonesUnited States90,300,00090
2Juan MaceirasSpain68,000,00068
3Daniel HolznerItaly31,900,00032
4Adam WaltonUnited States143,800,000144
5Ruslan PrydrykUkraine50,700,00051
6Dean HutchisonUnited Kingdom41,200,00041
7Toby LewisUnited Kingdom19,800,00020
8Daniel WeinmanUnited States81,700,00082
9Jan-Peter JachtmannGermany74,600,00074

Toby Lewis' Final Table Performance

Toby Lewis Eliminated by Steven Jones
Toby Lewis Eliminated by Steven Jones

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 KJ. He can't have been pleased to get a call from Steven Jones that put Lewis at risk.

Jones showed 1010 and the pair were flipping as the dealer burned and turned. The board of 73AA2 didn't give Lewis much hope, sending him to the rail in seventh place for $1,425,000.

2023 Main Event Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in USD)
1  $12,100,000
2  $6,500,000
3  $4,000,000
4Jan-Peter JachtmannGermany$3,000,000
5Ruslan PrydrykUkraine$2,400,000
6Dean HutchisonScotland$1,850,000
7Toby LewisEngland$1,425,000
8Juan MaceirasSpain$1,125,000
9Daniel HolznerItaly$900,000

2023 Main Event Final Table Player Stats

PlayerCountryFirst CashWSOP CashesCareer EarningsBiggest Cash
Adam WaltonUnited States200920$989,037$283,072
Steven JonesUnited States201623$245,346$57,425
Daniel WeinmanUnited States201069$3,757,357$892,433
Jan-Peter JachtmannGermany200317$1,907,632$661,000
Juan MaceirasSpain20062$1,126,121$467,532
Ruslan PrydrykUkraine20091$461,758$104,637
Dean HutchisonUnited Kingdom20109$723,865$154,000
Daniel HolznerItaly20121$25,517$5,944
Toby LewisUnited Kingdom200948$8,213,474$1,235,204

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