The 2023 WSOP Main Event culminates with Maurice Hawkins becoming the best winner in WSOP Circuit history with a 49th-place finish Be eliminated. Despite failing to advance further in the tournament, Hawkins earned $280,100 for his in-depth performance.
While Hawkins’ poker career has been stellar, his career has been embroiled in his fair share of debt-related controversies. 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber took advantage of his participation in the Main Event and decided to publicly ask about Hawkins’ financial obligations via social media. Faber tweeted a controversial message to the contestant:
“Will Maurice Hawkins pay back what he owes after being eliminated from the Main Event? Hey @mauricehawkins, Are you going to pay off your debts?” Farber said in his controversial post.
Will Maurice Hawkins pay back what he owes after deep run? Refund?
— Jay Fibber (@JayFarber) July 13, 2023
The allegations sparked a reaction in the poker community, joined by other players who also expected Hawkins to pay. Among them is Randy Garcia, who filed a $10,000 debt lawsuit against Hawkins back in 2022. According to PokerNews, Garcia’s lawyer revealed that they have tried to reach a number of settlements, but the issue remains unresolved.
Others joked that Hawkins will face one of the biggest problems in WSOP history as people wait for him to pay them.
Hawkins will have the largest railroad in WSOP history! That said, people are waiting for their money! 😂😂😂😂
— Johnnysolid (@johnny_solid) July 13, 2023
Hawkins’ finances are still a topic of debate. The question remains: Will Maurice Hawkins pay off his outstanding debt? Time will tell if the famous player will take the necessary steps to resolve the recent financial controversy surrounding him.