Just 1,607 players showed up - and one dog - for the 2012 World Series of Poker’s (WSOP) 46th event, No Limit Holdem with a $2,500 buy-in. The prize pool rang up at $3,655,925 and 171 players would see a piece of it. Joey Weissman took the pressure off of everyone and relieved them of their chips as he worked his way to first place. He was a 24-year-old poker pro, he now is a 24-year-old poker pro with a gold bracelet and $694,609.
Weissman dropped out of college for poker and he often sleeps on the couches of friends and fellow poker players. He says it's not a matter of funds. "I’m going to stick on the couch for the rest of the summer. I’m having fun there. It’s all about the people you’re with - it’s not about where you’re staying."
Final play of the tournament came down to heads-up with Jeremy Quehen and Joey Weissman - and Joe Weissman's rail - and Joes Weissman's dog named Revis.
Weissman raised to 240,000 and Quehen called to see a flop of . Quehen bet 350,000. Weissman called.
The hit the turn and this time Quehen bet 800,000. Weissman called and the pealed off on the river.
Quehen announced his bet, "Two million!" before pushing the chips across the line.
Weissman announced that he was all-in and Quehen instantly called. Weissman tabled the and his fans - and Revis - were right there raising the roof in celebration.
Jeremy Quehen won $429,535 for his second place finish.
Joey Weissman is banking $694,609 and a gold bracelet for his first place finish. Congratulations Joey.
PokerNews.com's Sarah Grant talks to Joey Weissman and Revis.
The Final Table
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