James Mackey wins WPT Choctaw for $666,758

A total of 1,066 players, mostly Americans, travelled to Choctaw, Oklahoma to participate in the $3,500 World Poker Tour Championship Event. They created a total prizepool of $3,619,070 with $666,758 for the eventual winner. After a long and hefty final table, James Mackey was too strong for his opponents and took home the victory.

 

 

The final table of six started with the following line-up:

Seat

Player

Chipcount

Big Blinds

1

James Mackey

6.315.000

(53 bb)

2

Matthew Smith

2.330.000

(19 bb)

3

Craig Varnell

7.495.000

(62 bb)

4

Bastian Fischer

8.780.000

(73 bb)

5

Benjamin Zamani

3.300.000

(28 bb)

6

Jack Duong

3.750.000

(31 bb)

 

 

After an hour of play, Matthew Smith shoves his last 15 big blinds to the middle with , but he needed help against Duong’s . He didn’t get the wanted help on a board of and was eliminated in sixth place for $134,720.

More than an hour later, Mackey scored a huge double when his pair of kings held against the flushdraw of Duong, who was left with only 2 big blinds. One hand later he lost his remaining chips against Varnell and ended in fifth for $175,122.

 

Fisher, the chipleader at the beginning of the final table, couldn’t win a hand. Eventually he shoved his ace-eight into Varnell’s Q’s, and after a board of he could walk to the cashier to collect his $230,300.

Zamani started the three-way play as the shortstack, but managed to survive a couple of all-in situations, causing him to make another moneyjump, as Varnell’s ace-seven didn’t improve against Mackey’s 9’s.

In the 134th hand of the tournament, Zamani had all his chips in the middle as a huge underdog. Zamani had shoved with , but Mackey held the , and after the board ran out , Mackey secured his win and his first WPT-title.

 

The payouts:

Place

Player

Price

1

James Mackey

$666.758

2

Benjamin Zamani

$412.234

3

Craig Varnell

$306.346

4

Bastian Fischer

$230.300

5

Jack Duong

$175.122

6

Matthew Smith

$134.720

 

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