Few poker players get to experience a run like Bin Weng has in 2023.
The Chinese poker pro started the year by winning The Return Championship at Borgata for $1 million, and then he picked up a WSOP Circuit ring in Las Vegas along with another $227,344. Then in May, he final tabled two events at The Lodge for another six figures, before final tabling two consecutive World Poker Tour main events.
Weng would ultimately finish fourth in the WPT Choctaw main event for $143,000, and win the WPT Hard Rock Poker Showdown, pocketing a then-career best of $1,128,250.
The New York resident saved his best performance for July, however, dominating the inaugural WPT Everyone For One Drop main event at the Wynn, banking a massive $2,227,054 and his second WPT title.
“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t sleep all that well last night because I was too excited,” Weng said after the win. “I don’t know what to say right now. I mean, I’m really, really happy for sure, and I’m really grateful right now for being this far in a short period of time.”
The $10,000 buy-in tournament drew a huge field of 1,676 entries, with the final 210 players making the money and earning a minimum payout of $17,200.
Notables who made a deep run included Eliot Hudon (66th), Noah Schwartz (65th), Matt Gianetti (60th), Adrian Mateos (57th), Stephen Song (39th), Bryce Yockey (32nd), Paul Volpe (22nd), Ankush Mandavia (21st), Darren Elias (19th), Stephen Chidwick (16th), Calvin Anderson (10th), Kenny Hallaert (9th), Tom Cannuli (6th), Dominik Nitsche (5th), and Frederick Heller (4th).
A portion of each tournament buy-in was donated to the One Drop Foundation, which is a cause that helps provide sustainable, safe water for communities across the world.
“We are delighted to have raised over $300,000 for the One Drop Foundation and their noble mission. We see this as a sign of good things to come in our charity endeavors together,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “Thank you to the Wynn Las Vegas staff for putting on such a spectacular event, and to the players for making a difference in people’s lives.”
Weng made a deal three-handed based on the chip counts that locked up some of the cash and left $400,000 to play for, with Russia’s Niko Koop eventually taking third for $1,872,438 and Florida’s Scott Baumstein finishing runner-up for $1,503,988.
With three final tables and two wins this season, it will take a miracle for anybody to catch Weng in the WPT Player of the Year race, as he already had a big lead to begin with coming into this event.
The win was also worth a hefty 2,700 Card Player Player of the Year points. As a result, Weng has made a major jump to the top of the rankings, passing former leader Isaac Haxton by nearly 1,600 points in the race sponsored by Global Poker.
Weng has now racked up almost $5 million in POY-qualified cashes this year alone, bringing his career earnings to $7 million.
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The WPT will return to the Wynn Las Vegas in December for the season-ending championship.