Atlanta poker pro Daniel Weinmann won his first World Poker Tour title last Friday (on his birthday) after outlasting a record-field of 1,312 entries in the Season XV WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open $3,500 Championship to win $892,433 and a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions .
"I turned 29 today, so this is a pretty awesome birthday present," a smiling Weinman told WPT reporters following his victory. "My girlfriend flew in last minute. You couldn't have scripted it any better."
Weinmann has been playing poker for eight years and is a regular on the tournament circuit. Thanks to his latest victory, he passed the $2 million mark in live tournament earnings.
"It's huge," Weinman told the WPT when asked what the title meant to him. "I don't play a ton of tournaments outside of the World Series, so to come here and win a field this big and a prestigious tournament as this is great."
Final Table Results:
1st: Daniel Weinman - $892,433*
2nd: Nathan Bjerno - $524,964
3rd: Tyler Kenney - $327,578
4th: Jia Liu - $275,081
5th: Richard Foster - $228,884
6th: Nicholas Immekus - $184,787
*First-prize amount includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.