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WSOP 2023 Main Event Runner-Up Steven Jones Reveals He Almost Folded The Final Hand Poker
Amarylisa Gonsalves
Posted on 18 Jul, 2023
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 18 Jul, 2023
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By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 18 Jul, 2023
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WSOP 2023 Main Event Runner-Up Steven Jones Reveals He Almost Folded The Final Hand


Imagine being almost close to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event title and finishing runner-up?! That must have hurt a lot. Sure, Daniel Weiman made history by surpassing an entry field of over 10,000 players to rightfully claim the title. However, amidst all the limelight on Weiman, let’s not forget another man who equally deserves all the attention and credit.

Although he may not have won the Championship title, the mettle he displayed over the course of 10 days of the event deserves every bit of appreciation. Ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about none other than the WSOP 2023 Main Event runner-up Steven Jones

A real estate broker from Arizona had earlier revealed that it was his childhood dream to play the WSOP Main Event when he made it to the FT of the event. He said, “There’s nothing that is going to beat this, I don’t think. This has been a life goal of mine since I was a kid. It really hasn’t sunk in yet all the way, but I’m going to try to be present at the moment and enjoy every second.”

Steven Jones vs Daniel Weinman Final Hand

In the final hand that decided the winner, both, Weinman and Jones had flopped a top pair. Jones had J 8 , while Weinman had K J , while the board flipped J 5 2 . However, the turn and river of 4 A didn’t favour Jones; neither did his kicker. 

What Was Running In Steven Jones’ Mind During The Final Hand?

In a post-event interview, Jones told Poker Org that he had a lot of back and forth going in his head during the last hand. He revealed that Weinman raised on the flop and then very big on the turn. By then, Jones figured that his opponent had a lot of combo draws and that maybe he had hot a pair on the turn. “I was just torn with that decision which is why it looks so long,” he said, explaining why he tanked for long at that spot. 

A Childhood Dream Comes To Life: Steven Jones Is Creating History!

He added that with the back and forth going on in his mind, he almost folded. However, he felt it was a nitty fold. He further says that since Weinman had a bigger stack than him, he felt the need to make some chips at some point by trying to close the gap. And hence, he just went with it. 

Well, it was just an unfortunate hand or rather moment for Jones. Nonetheless, he pocketed his career-best score of $6,500,000 by taking the runner-up spot. Jones’; heartbreaking all-in at that spot reminds us of the age-old poker saying – “When in doubt, fold it out!”

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