Poker fans across the world are set to eagerly witness the biggest World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2023 Main Event final table. All eyes are on the final nine, who have battled their way and surpassed an entry field of over 10,000 to make it to the top of this championship event.
After eight days of putting their best foot forward, these final nine will now return one last time, eyeing the prestigious WSOP 2023 Main Event title and the $12,100,000 up top.
Each of these nine contenders has a story to tell and a struggle that they went through to make it to the top of the world’s biggest poker stage. Among them, a story that caught our attention (and hearts) is that of Italy’s Daniel Holzner.
Daniel Holzner, who is a resident of North Italy, is the youngest player on the WSOP 2023 Main Event final table. An interesting fact about Holzner is that the poker felts is not his usual routine. He reportedly told PokerNews, “I am a farmer. I work with my dad, who is over there. And yeah, we have apple trees, we work there, and this is my work besides poker.”
What makes this final table special for Holzner is that this is his first time playing at the WSOP and he has made it to the final table of the Main Event. How cool is that?! But that’s not all. The cherry on the top is that, his Main Event buy-in was actually a birthday gift.
Holzner has records of playing smaller buy-ins, the maximum being $2,200. His friends and family chipped in to give Holzner his 30th birthday gift of $10,000, the WSOP Main Event buy-in.
Although he is the second shortest stack, if he manages to turn things around, it would a fairytale for this Italian farmer.
Daniel Holzner’s live poker results date back to 2012, which also indicates that the player started playing when he was 20 years old. He doesn’t have a lot to show on his poker resume, with just a handful of cashes, mostly in Austria and a couple in the Czech Republic.
Holzner is yet to claim a poker title for himself. His total live poker earnings stand at $25,517, with his best cash being $5,944. (Now you know why a $10,000 buy-in is a huge deal for Holzner!)
Irrespective of the position he finishes on the final table of the WSOP 2023 Main Event, it will be his career-best score, since all the final tablists have ensured a min-cash of $900,000.
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) July 15, 2023
As mentioned earlier, this is the first time Holzner is playing at the WSOP. His Main Event cash will be his second cash of the tour, since he has already cashed at the $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Millionaire Maker event and pocketed $4,070.
Daniel Holzner’s WSOP 2023 Main Event journey has not been an easy one. He has constantly been one of the shortest stacks over the last few days. He even almost lost on several occasions, but Holzner somehow always found a way to survive.
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