Jay Lee Wins 2017 WPT Choctaw $3,700 Main Event

The WPT Choctaw Main Event was completed last night after action-packed five days of play. Jay Lee, an Austin, Texas resident, topped the tournament’s massive field of 924 entries to claim the title. The player was rewarded with $593,173 for remaining the last man at the six-handed final table.

The winner also secured a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions and had his name included in the WPT Champions Cup.

Lee was mid-stacked at the time final-table play kicked off on Tuesday. And the player stayed in the golden middle throughout the initial stages of play. He waited up until Hand #89 to begin putting more pressure on the rest of his opponents. Over the course of the next twenty hands Lee managed to build a solid stack and to eventually emerge as the chip leader at the time when there were only three players left at the table.

Three-handed play between Lee, Josh Kay, who began the day as the chip leader, and Jeb Hutton was full of action and unexpected turns and twists. At first, Lee and Kay battled for the chip lead, while Hutton stood far behind them, struggling to survive.

However, Lee won a huge pot against Kay at some point, weakening the latter’s position significantly. Shortly after, Hutton doubled through Kay, further robbing the latter player of his chips. Kay was eventually eliminated on Hand #180 by Lee.

Busting his opponent further improved Lee’s position as a chip leader. The player entered heads-up holding 16.65 million against Hutton’s 10.95 million. Two-handed action lasted for precisely ten hands, during which Lee methodically extended his lead.

Hand #190 was the final one to be played for the night, the final table, and the tournament as a whole. It saw Hutton raising to 550,000 pre-flop and Lee calling. The flop came [Jd][4d][4c]. Both players checked in anticipation for the [7s] on the turn. The two opponents checked again and the [9d] appeared on the river. Lee gave it a moment of consideration before betting 750,000 and Hutton raised to 2 million. Lee shoved for 19,425 million and Hutton called for 7.025 million after recovering from the initial shock of realizing that that was the hand that would determine the champion.

Lee turned over [Jh][4h] for a full house. Hutton revealed [Qd][2d] for a flush, a good hand otherwise, but one that sent him to the rail in this case. The player received $366,895 for his deep run in the prestigious tournament.

As mentioned above, the WPT Choctaw $3,700 Main Event attracted a field of 924 entries, who generated a prize pool of $3,121,980. The top 99 players left with a payout, with min-cashes starting from $6,400.

The WPT Legends of Poker is the next festival on the WPT’s schedule for Season XVI. The $4,000 Main Event is slated for August 25-31. The festival will take place at the popular Bicycle Hotel & Casino in California.

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