The 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) saw multiple records being set during the course of the mega event. Not just in terms of attendance or prize pools, WSOP 2023 saw players shatter records in Las Vegas. One of them is Mike Holtz, aka ‘BrockLesnar,’ who created the record of the most cash in a single series. Holtz registered 25 cashes at WSOP 2023, while Ian Matakis held on to win the Player of the Year title.
Matakis had a summer to remember having won one bracelet and 22 total cashes (nine of them were online). Amongst them, his biggest earning came when the Minnesota native won $205,696 for his third-place finish at the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
Following an impressive performance, Matakis ended with 5,203 points to win the Player of the Year title. The likes of Shaun Deeb and Chris Brewer finished with 4,276 and 4,127 points in the 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively. Arieh was ranked fourth place with 3,865 points against his name, while Jesse Lonis made it to the top 5 with 3,865 points.
Mike Holtz, on the other end, did not even feature in the top 10 and finished in 14th place in the race to be WSOP 2023 Player of the Year. Despite not faring well in the Player of the Year race, Holtz set the single-series record with 25 bracelet event cashes. He toppled Deeb, who sat at 24, while the likes of Ben Yu and Scott Bohlman were tied at 23.
Holtz not only had success this summer online, he registered 13 live cashes of those 25 which included a seventh-place finish in Event #31: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold ’em; Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack. Battling it out in a field of 2,759 players, Holtz ended up winning $30,081.
One of the top grinders on WSOP.com, the Washington D.C. resident, was quoted by PokerNews on his historic outing at WSOP 2023. He is quoted saying, “I knew early on that I had accumulated a larger than average amount of cash and was curious where I stood.”
Mike Holtz added, “When I looked online, I realized I had 10 and was leading by two. I checked how many the previous years had accumulated and realized the most ever, according to WSOP, were Chris Ferguson and Daniel Negreanu, with 23 cashes. I realized I was on pace to surpass this, and from then on in the series was a subconscious goal of mine. It’s certainly something that I am incredibly proud of and will remember forever.”
Despite not winning the WSOP Player of the Year, Mike Holtz finds himself in the running to be the 2023 WSOP.com Player of the Year. It remains to be seen if he can capture this title, which is usually announced at the end of the calendar year.
Smit is a sports writer at Gutshot Magazine. After completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Media, and a Master’s degree in Sports Management, this sports fanatic uses articles as a tool to express his opinions. Bring up cricket or football and you will find this usually quiet guy speak for hours! He also co-heads the official supporters club of Chelsea FC in Mumbai, wherein he hosts screenings, football meets and other such events.
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