When it was almost all said and done, the World Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event heads up players were two relatively inexperienced guys.
Jay Lee, a Texan with only $10,000 in previous live cashes to his name, came out on top of 923 other players in the WPT Choctaw $3,700 Main Event. For that, he took home a grand prize of $593,173, a Hublot watch and a seat in the tournament of champions.
Ninety nine places paid out and a few veteran players, like Blair Hinkle and David Peters, got in on the action. By the time the final table approached, Lee was toward the bottom in chip count but scored an impressive pair over the pocket sixes of Eric Bunch and was sitting comfortably in the middle of the table when it was down to the final nine.
Previous WPT winner Zachary Smiley barely missed the final table, hitting the rail in seventh place when his A,6 fell to the pair of jacks held by Michael Stashin. From there, the six players would become the official final table and battle it out for the half million dollar prize.
Bunch wasn’t able to fully recover after his early loss to Lee and he was the first to go when he got into a tight spot against Josh Kay. Bunch shoved with a king-high hand and was called by both Stashin and Kay. Stashin also had a king-high pocket, and Kay’s 10,3 didn’t look like much at first, but an 8,4,J,3,4 board made a pair of threes the winning hand. Bunch took home $117,761 for sixth place.
Paul Fisher was the next to go 20 hands later with a K,7 he used to raise from the small blind. Stashin called with a J,7, and a lucky 6,J,K flop gave him two pair for the elimination. He wouldn’t ride that high for long though, after getting into a losing battle with Lee just a few hands later. Stashin shoved his stack with pocket eights and was called by Lee and his queens. When a blank board showed, fourth place earned just over $200K.
Jeb Hutton got in on the action in three-handed play when he doubled through Kay with a pair and flush draw. Just a few hands later, all three players went in on a hand that saw Lee’s A,Q come out on top, sending Kay home with $270,801.
It was a short heads-up battle and it all came down to a J,4 (Lee) against a Q,2, both suited. The board ran J,4,4,7,9 and it was Lee who shoved all in on the full house, claiming the championship.
“It’s amazing,” Lee said after the win. “Cooler hands after cooler hands, but you know, it’s a great feeling. A lot of ups and downs, and a lot of happy at the end.”
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