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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) may have yet to chalk out the complete schedule of events for its 50th anniversary-special outing in Las Vegas, but swinging the live tournament action into motion are the brand’s circuit stop events that are well underway!
The 2019 WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant wrapped up earlier this week with the $1,700 Main Event crowning a champion in David Alfa (cover image). Alfa won $320,998 in prize money, along with the WSOPC gold ring.
Incredibly, this was Alfa’s second title at the series – he had earlier taken down the $400 Big O ($16,732), but winning the Main Event is a big deal for Alfa, who also secured his seat in the season-ending Global Casino Championship with this title. When asked about his run in the event, Alfa said, “I just think my sheep are giving me some good luck and run good, ya know!”(sic)
A full field of 1,161 runners jumped into the action in the Main Event creating a $1,758,915 prize pool. By the end of Day 2, the field had narrowed down to the final 14 players with Alfa hanging on at the bottom end of the pack. He started chipping up early into play on Day 3, and it began with him finding a double up with queen-ten against Dapo Ajayi’s queen eight. Alfa wrecked havoc for his opponents for most of the day and it started with the elimination of Srinivasa Vadlamudi (10th for $25,663 – ₹18,22,457). Vadlamudi’s elimination brought about the nine-handed final table in motion that saw all remaining players lock in an assured $31,836 payday.
The top 117 finishers pocketed a share of the prize pool and among these were WSOPC regulars Johnny Landreth (15th for $20,913), Jason Brin (19th for $14,353), Phil Mader (24th for $12,084), Angelina Jordison (28th for $8,830), Robert Hankins (40th for $5,945), Jean Gaspard (45th for $5,945), and TJ Cloutier (64th for $4,380).
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Will Berry was the shortest stack coming into the final table and also the first one out. His final hand saw him off to the races with pocket nines versus Mohammed Abediarani’s ace-king. Abediarani rivered a broadway straight and that was the end of Berry`s tournament run.
Brendon O’Neal went out next when he ran his pocket sixes into Kevin Rand’s pocket sevens.
Mohammed Abediarani was not far behind and exited in seventh place. In a classic cooler, his pocket kings found no luck against the pocket rockets of Amir Kaikhah’s.
Amir Khaikhah himself was eliminated next in sixth place after his all-in move from the hijack found a caller in big blind Kevin Rand.
The flop fell and Ran kept his lead. The on the turn and the river eliminated Khaikhah in sixth place.
In the very next hand, Dapo Ajayi eliminated Austin Lewis in fifth place. Lewis moved all in for 1,175,000 from the cutoff with and Ajayi snap-called with . The flop kept Ajayi in the lead and nothing changed on the turn and the river. Lewis collected a fifth place payout as Ajayi chipped up to 9,950,000.
Eliminations were coming quickly as soon it was Arshin Gamini’s turn to leave for the rail. Gamini moved all in with and came up short against Alfa`s .
Alfa scored another knockout by scalping Kevin Rand in third place. Rand moved all-in and Alfa put his opponent at risk by deciding to call.
The king in Alfa’s hand saw him leading through the runout and Rand’s third place elimination set the heads-up play in motion.
Talk about a quick decider! The heads-up match between Dapo Ajayi and Alfa lasted only one hand where Ajayi moved all-in for his remaining chips and Alfa made the relatively easy call.
The race was tight but Alfa took a commanding lead on the flop . Ajayi was the player at risk as he needed two running diamonds or runner-runner deuces to stand a chance. It was all over as the appeared on the turn and Ajayi was drawing dead even before the completed the board.
Final Table Results (USD)
Like Alfa, Andrew Robinson too claimed two titles at the 2019 WSOPC Choctaw Durant. Robinson topped a 185-strong field in the $400 NLHE 4-Handed to pocket $15,873 and then went on to win the $400 NLHE Double Stack for $31,146. With the two wins, Robinson increased his collection of WSOP Circuit gold rings to six!
In other side events, Dennis Brand ($400 NLHE Monster Stack for $42,620), Ron Neuman ($400 NLHE BB ante for $30,052) and Darin Utley ($400 NLHE Multi-flight for $50,557), all won titles!
With the WSOPC Choctaw Durant stop in the books, attention now shifts to the Thunder Valley stop that is presently underway!