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Jay Lee Wins 2017 WPT Choctaw Main Event

After Day 2 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw Main Event, Michael Stashin was lapping the field. After Day 3, Josh Kay was head and shoulders above everyone else. And because this is poker, neither of them ended up winning. Instead, it was 27-year old Texan Jay Lee who rose from third place going into the final table to win the whole thing and nearly $ 600,000. Not only was this Lee’s first World Poker Tour title, it was only his third recorded cash in a live tournament, according to records kept by Those other two cashes amounted to just over $ 10,000, so needless to say, this was different territory for him. As mentioned, Lee was third in chips going into Tuesday’s action, which is good, but he was significantly behind the chip leaders. Josh Kay was a one-man wrecking crew on Monday to enter the

Josh Kay Gives WPT Choctaw Day 3 Field the Business

I will admit, I was a little surprised to wake up this morning and not see Michael Stashin’s name at the top of the chip counts for the final table of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw Main Event. After all, he had such a gigantic chip lead going into Monday that he had more chips than the three players directly behind him in the standings combined. So forgive me if I thought he might cruise into the final table with the lead. That said, he did cruise into the final table, adding a couple million chips to his stack to end up at 7.685 million, but he is now second behind Josh Kay, who has 11.105 million after a tremendous Day 3. Kay began Monday in ninth place with 1.26 million chips, so he wasn’t in bad shape, but that is a far cry from the 11.105 he

WPT Choctaw Day 2: Michael Stashin Looms Large

The World Series of Poker is over, so it is time for other poker tournaments to return to the spotlight. Up now: World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw. The WPT Choctaw Main Event moves on to its third day today with Michael Stashin holding the lead out of the remaining 24 players with 5.585 million in chips. There were two starting flights for this tournament; Friday’s Day 1A saw 340 entries (unlimited re-entries were permitted until the start of Day 2) and Day 1B was larger, as expected, with 562 entries. Add to those the 22 late entries before Day 2 began and the total field for WPT Choctaw is 927 entries. After pulling out the various tournament fees from the $ 3,700 buy-in, the total prize pool amounts to $ 3.121 million. The top 99 players make the money (min cash is $ 6,400) with the winner receiving nearly $

James Mackey Wins WPT Choctaw Main Event

The World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw Main Event came to a close on Tuesday as James Mackey advanced all the way from bottom stack to a dominant end-game to win his first WPT title. For the victory, Mackey won $ 681,758, which includes a $ 15,000 entry into the season-ending Tournament of Champions. Mackey began the six-handed televised final table third in chips, well within striking distance of the top (6,315,000 chips compared to chip leader Bastian Fischer’s 8,780,000). He had trouble finding his footing, though, eventually falling to 3,200,000 about 50 hands into final table play and finding himself as the shortest stack of the remaining five players. Two key hands got Mackey going, though. The first came on Hand 53. According to, Jack Duong raised pre-flop to 400,000 and Mackey called. On the flop of K♣-5♦-4♦, Duong bet 425,000, Mackey raised to 900,000, and Duong moved all-in.

2016 WPT Choctaw Final Table Set

The televised final table has been set for the 2016 World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw Main Event as the field was narrowed from 40 to just six on Monday. Bastian Fischer leads the sextet with 8.780 million chips. It looks to be a good battle on Tuesday, with three players holding healthy chip stacks. After Fischer is Craig Varnell with 7.495 million chips and then James Mackey with 6.315 million. After those three, there is a gap before the bottom half of the final table: Jack Duong has 3.750 million chips, Benjamin Zamani has 3.300 million, and Matthew Smith has 2.330 million. Those three men certainly have a shot, but with blinds at 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante, they will have to make some moves in a hurry. Even the chip leaders don’t have a ton of room to maneuver. Smith, the shortest stack, came close to not even making