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The three-day long World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw $3,700 Main Event at the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma attracted a field of 755 entries and created a prize pool of $2,548,225. The Texan Brady Holiman (cover image) topped the six-handed final table that featured the likes of WSOP bracelet winner Anthony Zinno, Timothy Domboski and Christopher Smith, to not only win the trophy and top prize worth $469,185, but also a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions!
With the top 96 places receiving payouts, several notables were eliminated in the money including Andrew Crookston (9th for $45,410), Men Nguyen (11th for $36,230), Julius Threadgill (15th for $23,885), Ben Mintz (19th for $19,740), Indian-origin player Shaurabh Sharma (29th for $13,990), William Berry (38th for $11,995), Dusti Smith (56th for $9,160), Peter Nguyen (67th for $7,365) and Chris Moorman (86th for $6,245).
Jacob Haller (7th for $73,845) bubbled the six-handed final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Brady Holiman – 10,840,000
2. Timothy Domboski – 5,300,000
3. Viet Vo – 4,770,000
4. Christopher Smith – 4,495,000
5. Tony Ruberto – 2,675,000
6. Anthony Zinno – 2,245,000
Final Table Recap
On the 21st hand, Timothy Domboski raised from under-the-gun with and Brady Holiman 3-bet from small blind with . Domboski tanked and used a time-extension chip before moving all-in. Holiman called. The board ran and Holiman`s flopped ace pair eliminated Domboski in sixth place.
64 hands later, Anthony Zinno moved all-in from the button holding and Holiman called from big blind with . The flop gave Holiman the lead with top pair of queens. The lead switched when the turn gave Zinno the stronger pair of aces, but it was all over when the river brought Holiman trip queens ending Zinno’s dream of a fourth WPT title in fifth place.
On the very next hand, WPT Champions Club member Tony Ruberto shoved all-in for 1,025,000 and Holiman called from small blind. Ruberto tabled against Holiman’s pocket queens. The runout missed both players and Ruberto bounced out in fourth place.
The 105th hand spelled the end for Christopher Smith. He went all-in from small blind holding and was called by Viet Vo in big blind with . The board spread out and Vo’s ace kicker knocked out Smith in third place.
The heads-up play between Viet Vo (12,425,000) and Brady Holiman (17,775,000) began with the latter in the lead. The heads-up lasted for 17 more hands and on the final hand, Vo opened from the button to 450,000 which was countered by Holiman with a 3-bet of 1,200,000 from the big blind. Vo used a time-extension chip and 4-bet to 2,700,000. Holiman tanked and used his own time-extension chip before moving all-in for approximately 20 Million. Vo snap-called putting his tournament life at risk. Both players tabled their cards.
The flop came that put Holiman in the lead with three-of-a-kind jacks. Hoping for a king to stay alive, Vo instead found and on the remaining two streets, thereby finishing as the runner-up, while Holiman won his maiden WPT title.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Brady Holiman – $469,185*
2. Viet Vo – $320,725
3. Christopher Smith – $223,370
4. Tony Ruberto – $$166,605
5. Anthony Zinno – $125,630
6. Timothy Domboski – $95,780
*including $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions!