The 2023 World Championship of Poker boasts a staggering $80,000,000 in guaranteed prize money, spanning hundreds of events from September 10 to October 4 on PokerStars. While the WCOOP has seen numerous big winners over the past few weeks, one remarkable story has stolen the spotlight – the phenomenal title spree of British poker pro Benny Glaser.
With five World Series of Poker bracelets already to his name, Benny Glaser has achieved an astonishing seven victories in this year’s WCOOP, bringing his career total to an unprecedented 15. These achievements set new records both for this year’s festival and his overall career.
Playing under the pseudonym ‘RunGodlike,’ Benny Glaser has also clinched ten Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) titles over the years, elevating his combined COOP total to an impressive 25 titles, yet another record-setting accomplishment.
On September 30th, the 34-year-old shared the news of his most recent victory on social media. Benny Glaser is currently experiencing one of his most prolific runs in tournament poker. In 2022, he concluded the year with a remarkable performance, finishing as the runner-up in the largest-ever World Poker Tour event, the WPT World Championship, which featured a field of 2,960 entries and a buy-in of $10,400. This second-place finish earned him a career-high payout of $2,830,000.
During this year’s World Series of Poker, Benny Glaser emerged as the champion in the $10,000 triple-draw deuce-to-seven lowball championship, surpassing a field of 130 participants and adding his fifth WSOP bracelet to his collection, along with $311,428 in winnings. This victory solidified his position as the top bracelet winner in the UK, giving him a three-win lead over the eight players tied for second place, each with two WSOP titles.
Remarkably, Benny Glaser’s initial five victories during this year’s WCOOP all occurred in non-hold’em games. He began his incredible run by outlasting 178 participants in the $109 buy-in Badugi event, pocketing $3,550. He followed that up by triumphing over 91 competitors in the $1,050 deuce-to-seven triple draw lowball championship, earning an additional $22,650. Next on his winning streak was the $1,050 no-limit single-draw deuce-to-seven lowball tournament, which attracted 51 entrants. Glaser emerged victorious, securing $19,490 as the champion. The $2,100 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better six-max event featured 70 participants, and Glaser’s victory meant he walked away with a substantial $44,201 in prize money. He capped off his success in mixed games by conquering the $1,050 no-limit five-card draw event, winning $14,207 after outlasting a field of 34 participants.
Glaser’s first victory in a no-limit hold’em event occurred in the $320 buy-in six-max tournament. He surpassed a massive field of 1,175 entries, securing his largest top prize in the series to date, a remarkable $55,706.
Following this win, Benny Glaser expressed his gratitude, saying, “Genuinely beyond absurd. This one was a big one too. I’m incredibly happy and grateful. And thanks for all the love this series, everyone.”
Amazingly, Benny Glaser continued to accumulate victories. His most recent triumph came in the $1,050 buy-in six-max turbo no-limit hold’em event, where he bested 195 competitors in the fast-paced contest, seizing his seventh win of the series and a top prize of $38,894.
Glaser’s first COOP title was secured in 2016 as the champion of the SCOOP $2,100 stud eight-or-better event, while his inaugural WCOOP victory was in 2018, in a $55 pot-limit Omaha six-max tournament.