Poker fans who have been following the game of poker for over a decade might be well acquainted with the name "strassa2" that once belonged to Jason Strasser, who was one of the shining stars of the game in the early years of online poker games. Today's poker fans might not be well aware of this name, but he has again emerged into the spotlight after topping a field of 1,249 to claim $332,539 first prize at WSOPC Choctaw Main Event. He marked this biggest win of his live poker career on Monday.
Strasser, who left poker years ago to pursue a career in hedge funds said, "It's great." "Honestly, I don’t get to play much poker these days and the final table, the way it played out, we were three-handed for a long time, and it was fun. I had a great time," he added.
The 2018 WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event took place in Oklahoma, where Jason Strasser managed to emerge victorious after three-days of tough competition.
1,249 players stumped up $1,675 a piece to create a prize pool of $1,873,500, where Jason managed to triumph over his fellow competitors, including Krzysztof Stybaniewicz heads-up, to clinch the title and a first place prize of $332,539.
By the time the unofficial final table of 10 had been reached, Strasser was in 4th place. He later eliminated Viet Vo in 3rd place to play against Stankiewicz for the title. At this stage, the two players were giving a tough fight to each other, and after playing 41 hands, Strasser moved into a 4-to-1 lead when the deciding hand was played.
The hand then saw Strasser limp in holding 8-8, before calling an all-in shove from Stankiewicz with A-9. The dealer subsequently rolled out a Q-7-4-2-4 board to make Jason Strasser victorious. Stankiewicz finished as runner-up claiming $206,085. The payout is the most significant score of Stankiewicz's career, and it has now pushed his live earnings to $1,121,726.
The WSOP Circuit has now moved onto the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in California, after which it will head to Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi.