Live Events 2
$3,500 Main Event
Days:
1234

Event Info

Buy-in $3,500
Prize Pool $1,097,600
Players 343

Level Info

Level 30
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000

Players Info - Day 4

Players Left 1

Highlights

Highlights

$3,500 Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Joey Weissman Wins Inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event ($224,236)

connorrichards • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Joey Weissman
Joey Weissman

Joey Weissman is the winner of the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship $3,500 Main Event at ARIA Resort and Casino after defeating Paul Hoefer during heads-up play. Weissman entered heads-up play with a dominant chip lead and finished the job after doubling up his short-stacked opponent twice.

The four-day BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event drew 343 entrants to generate just under $1.1 million in prize money to surpass the guaranteed million. A decent chunk of the field, 68 players to be exact, qualified for the event by playing online at BetMGM Poker in either Michigan, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania.

Weissman, a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, adds the top prize of $224,236 to his previous $4.1 million in Hendon Mob-reported earnings in addition to the magnificent golden cup.

"This is the stuff we wake up for," Weissman told PokerNews after the victory. "Every day we wake up, most of the time we lose. As my good buddy Pads (Patrick Leonard) says, you wake up, you suffer, you go to sleep, you wake up, you suffer, you do it again. This is the day you wake up for, though. Some days you win.”

2022 BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event Final Table Results

 PLACEPLAYERCOUNTRYPRIZE (IN USD)
 1Joey WeissmanUnited States$224,236
 2Paul HoeferGermany$159,152
 3Noel RodriguezUnited States$104,272
 4Michael WangUnited States$65,856
 5Benji FelsonUnited States$51,587
 6Joe KuetherUnited States$41,709
 7Zachary DonovanUnited States$34,026
 8Todd IvensUnited States$28,538
 9Albert NguyenCanada$24,147

Final Table Action

Day 4 began with only six players and took nearly seven hours to get down to a winner. First out was veteran grinder Joe Kuether, who ran ace-queen into the pocket queens of Hoefer to fall in sixth place for $41,709.

Benji Felson, the last BetMGM Poker qualifier standing who satellited into the tournament for just $500, was next out when he got it in with top pair only to be out-kicked by Hoefer. The payday of $51,587 gave the New Jersey qualifier a greater than 100x return on his investment and biggest score to date.

Benji Felson
Benji Felson

Bracelet winner Michael Wang bowed out in fourth in heartbreaking fashion when he got it in with pocket queens against the ace-jack of diamonds of Weissman. Wang stayed ahead until the river card, which gave Weissman a coveted Royal Flush to crack the queens full of Wang, who kept a smile on his face as he took the gutwrenching beat.

Noel Rodriguez fell in third when he three-bet shoved with king-queen and couldn't improve against the ace-jack of Weissman, who entered heads-up play with a dominant chip lead over Hoefer before the German managed to double up twice to stay afloat.

In the final hand, Weissman held ace-four and put Hoefer in for the rest of his stack. Hoefer called with king-deuce and managed to out-flop Weissman before Weissman spiked an ace on the river to win the hand and the tournament. It was quite the spin-up for Hoefer, who began the day as the short stack with just 12 big blinds and managed to ladder to a second-place victory worth $159,152.

Joey Weissman
Joey Weissman

Weissman told PokerNews he navigated heads-up play cautiously despite having a big lead. In the same PokerGO Studio last year, Weissman overcame a dominant heads-up lead by Adam Hendrix to take down the U.S. Poker Open Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $204,000.

“So, I know from firsthand (experience) that people come back in heads-up and win," he said. "So you’ve just got to stay focused, you can’t get too cocky. Anything can happen.”

That wraps up PokerNews' coverage of the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event at ARIA Resort and Casino. Be sure to check out the live reporting portal for coverage of other events.

Tags: Benji FelsonJoe KeutherJoey Weissman

Joey Weissman Wins BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event

connorrichards • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Joey Weissman
Joey Weissman

Joey Weissman is the winner of the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event after defeating Paul Hoefer during heads-up play.

Stay tuned for a full recap and winner's interview.

Paul Hoefer Eliminated in 2nd Place ($159,152)

connorrichards • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Joey Weissman
Joey Weissman

Joey Weissman raised with {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} to put Paul Hoefer all-in for 1,800,000 and Hoefer called off with {k-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}.

Hoefer took the lead with a pair of deuces on the flop of {2-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and the {q-Clubs} on the turn was no help to Weissman. But Weissman's rail erupted in cheer when the {a-Clubs} peeled off on the river to give him a pair of aces and lock up the victory.

It was a great run for Hoefer, who entered the day as the short stack and managed to ladder to a second-place finish worth $159,152.

Joey Weissman us
Joey Weissman
us 17,000,000 2,200,000
Paul Hoefer de
Paul Hoefer
de Busted

Hoefer Hanging On

connorrichards • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Joey Weissman raised with {8-Clubs}{7-Hearts} to put Paul Hoefer all-in for 875,000 and he called off with {q-Spades}{5-Spades}.

The flop of {k-Spades}{4-Clubs}{4-Spades} kept Hoefer ahead with queen-high and gave him a flush draw to go with it. The {9-Spades} on the turn gave him the flush and he doubled after the {7-Clubs} peeled off on the river.

Joey Weissman us
Joey Weissman
us 14,800,000 400,000
Paul Hoefer de
Paul Hoefer
de 2,350,000 -425,000
Level:
30
Blinds:
100,000/200,000
Ante:
200,000

Hoefer Spikes River to Double

connorrichards • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante

Joey Weissman open-jammed from the button with {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and Paul Hoefer called off for 1,500,000 holding {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}.

The flop of {j-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{9-Spades} kept Hoefer with plenty of outs with overcards and an open-ended straight draw, though the {5-Hearts} turn didn't change things. The {10-Hearts} on the river gave him a pair of tens to keep his tournament dreams alive.

Joey Weissman us
Joey Weissman
us 13,700,000 -700,000
Paul Hoefer de
Paul Hoefer
de 3,500,000 725,000

Heads-Up Break

connorrichards • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante

The remaining two players are taking a ten-minute break before heads-up play begins.

Noel Rodriguez Eliminated in 3rd Place ($104,272)

connorrichards • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante
Noel Rodriguez
Noel Rodriguez

Joey Weissman opened to 300,000 on the button with {a-Spades}{j-Clubs} and Noel Rodriguez three-bet shoved for 2,000,000 in the big blind with {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}. Weissman called.

The flop came {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} to give Weissman a full house, have Rodriguez all but drawing completely dead heading into the {3-Hearts} on the turn. The stream cameras cut away before the dealer put out the meaningless river card.

Rodriguez earns $104,272 for his third-place finish, his best live score to date.

Joey Weissman us
Joey Weissman
us 14,400,000 3,200,000
Paul Hoefer de
Paul Hoefer
de 2,775,000 775,000
Noel Rodriguez us
Noel Rodriguez
us Busted