WPT Choctaw Main Event wraps up
A recreational poker player out of Athens, TX overcame substantial odds to win the WPT Choctaw $3,700 Main Event and pocket almost $470,000. Brady Holiman, who had earned less than $40,000 across seven previous tournament cashes, took down the event for his first title and extreme bragging rights.
The 37-year-old, who works as a sales manager for an auto dealer by day, outlasted 754 other players to find victory. The massive field resulted in the $1-million guarantee reaching an incredible $2.54 million, making it one of the larger fields for a major tournament this year. With the win, Holiman also earned 1,368 Card Player of the Year points, bumping him up to 146th place on this year's leaderboard.
With six players left in the game, Holiman began the final day as chip leader. He had over double the amount of chips than his closest opponent, Timothy Domboski, and used his advantage to keep the pressure on. Domboski was the first to fall at the final table after his pocket K fell to Holiman's A-K when Holiman found an Ace on the flop.
Three-time WPT main event winner Anthony Zinno would fall next, the second final table player to be sent to the rail by Holiman. Tony Ruberto and Christopher Smith would exit next in fourth and third, respectively, leaving Holiman to duke it out against Viet Vo.
With a 3-to-2 chip lead, Holiman was in a good position and soon extended the lead 2 to 1. Going into the final hand, the two pushed up the pot pre-flop until Holiman shoved all in and the race was on. Cards were flipped to reveal a K-K held by Vo while Holiman was sporting A-J. The flop found two Jacks for Holiman and the board ran out without producing a King, forcing Vo to settle for second place and $320,725.