Irvine, CA (Jan. 2, 2024) – After an extraordinary performance during World Poker Tour® Season XXI, Bin Weng has claimed the title of WPT® Player of the Year (POY).
“Winning a WPT title was one of my dreams in poker. Accomplishing that goal was an incredible feeling,” said Weng. “Adding the WPT Player-of-the-Year title is a bonus I couldn’t have ever imagined.”
Weng, native of China, concluded his Season XXI campaign with 2,175 points stemming from four cashes. The majority of Weng’s total points came from his first-place finish in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (SHRPS) and induction into the WPT Champions Club.
Before he etched his name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup, Weng made back-to-back WPT televised final tables as chip leader. Shortly after his qualification for the WPT SHRPS final table, Weng locked in a top-six spot during WPT Choctaw. He ultimately placed fourth in the follow-up final table, earning 550 more POY points.
From there, the breakout star never relinquished the top spot on the leaderboard. He later added 100 points from a 22nd-place finish at the WPT bestbet Scramble and 125 more points with a small cash in the WPT Prime Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.
“I have seen a fair share of outstanding player performances throughout my years with the World Poker Tour,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “However, Bin may have put on the best string of achievements that I have seen in a long time. And his skill is only matched by his humility.”
Weng joins the ranks of previous WPT POY winners such as last year’s recipient Chad Eveslage (Season XX), three-time WPT Champions Brian Altman (Season XVIII) and Anthony Zinno (Season XIII), two-time WPT Champion Daniel Negreanu, and more.
Weng also recorded two massive WPT victories outside of the POY points system. He took down the $10,500 buy-in WPT EveryOne for One Drop event during the Wynn Summer Classic for $2,227,054. Then, to cap off his 2023 campaign, Weng topped the $25,700 High Roller at the WPT World Championship festival for $958,279.
Season XXII of the World Poker Tour begins in mid-January with the first-ever WPT Main Tour festival in Southeast Asia, WPT Cambodia from Jan. 17-30. The WPT Prime Tour begins shortly after with the WPT Prime Aix-en-Provence festival from Jan. 26-Feb. 5.
For more information regarding this and all World Poker Tour events, visit WPT.com.
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