Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:39 PM Local Time
Wesley Cooper Wins Choctaw $365 Congress Event
Wesley ‘Wes’ Cooper Wins First Circuit Ring in Inaugural Choctaw Congress Event
Durant, Oklahoma (January 15, 2017) – Wesley ‘Wes’ Cooper has just made Choctaw World Series of Poker Circuit history by taking down the inaugural Congress (5-card Omaha High Low) event. Cooper bested a field of 377 entries to win his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and the top prize of $24,882.
Cooper came into the inal table fourth in chips, but within the first few orbits he doubled up after winning a monster pot off of then chip leader Joseph Michael. According to Cooper, he got it all in with against Michael’s on a board that had two low cards and two diamonds. Cooper’s aces and low both held to double him up and propel him into the chip lead. A few hands later Michael was eliminated in 8th place ($2,945), and Cooper maintained one of the top stacks from that point forward.
What really drove Cooper’s victory home was the elimination of Josh Pender in 3rd place ($11,235). At the time Cooper and Pender were the big stacks with the third player, Andy Robinson, short in chips. The board read , and Pender got it all in with the nut low holding against Cooper’s . The turn gave Cooper the wheel and the river meant the elimination of Pender, leaving Cooper with a massive chip lead heading into heads up play (3,000,000 chips to Robinson’s 600,000).
His run of cards aside, Cooper also gives a lot of credit and thanks to his friends and family that showed up to support him at the final table. "I sure was blessed to be surrounded by such great folks," Cooper said.
To say that Cooper is a dedicated hunter would be a grave understatement. After playing nearly 12 hours of poker and finishing up at 2:30am, he then drove two and a half hours home to Fort Worth so that he could be awake by 6:00am to go quail hunting. When asked why he didn’t just go the next day he said with a smile, “I organize this hunt every year and I am taking a client. We are leaving at 6am regardless of what happened here tonight.”
While Cooper loves poker and hunting, he is also a dedicated business man that owns Choice Fabricated Stone, a marble and granite company in the Fort Worth area. His commitment to keeping the hunting promise he made to his client is a true testament to Cooper’s dedication to everything that he does in life whether it be work, poker, hunting, family, etc.
“I work about five (to seven) days a week at my job, and play poker about six nights a week,” Cooper explained, “I love poker, especially Congress. I have been playing it for 22 years.”
Winning the first Congress ring at Choctaw was really special for Cooper. “This is just really cool. Winning a ring is something that everyone wants to do, ya know? I won my first ring in the first Congress tournament here at Choctaw, my home casino. This is just really special.”
Below are the results of the final table. Full results from this event are available in the Results tab above.
1 – Wes Cooper – $24,882
2 – Andrew Robinson – $15,376
3 – Josh Pender – $11,235
4 – Peter Lawson – $8,342
5 – Aaron Johnson – $6,291
6 – Charles Thompson – $4,815
7 – Sandeep Vasudevan –$3,739
8 – Joseph Michael – $2,945
At the conclusion of this event, Jorge Nieto (winner of Event #1) and Wesley Cooper (winner of Event #3) are now tied with 50 points each in the Casino Champion race. The player who accumulates the most overall points in the twelve gold ring tournaments at Choctaw Casino earns the title of Casino Champion, and receives an automatic entry into the $1 million 2017 WSOP Global Casino Championship. The winner of the Choctaw Main Event earns an automatic entry to the Global Casino Championship as well. All players who cash in ring events will receive points that apply to both the Casino Champion race and the season-long race to claim one of the 50 at-large Global Casino Championship bids awarded to the top point earners throughout the season. More information on the points system is available on WSOP.com.
Here is the list of gold ring winners from Choctaw so far:
EVENT #1: Jorge Nieto defeated 1,096 entries ($365 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack) for $60,005.
EVENT #2: Still in Progress
EVENT #3: Wesley Cooper defeated 377 entries ($365 Congress 5-Card Omaha High Low) for $24,882.
With this tournament now wrapped up, there are still 10 more gold ring events before the WSOP Circuit at Choctaw concludes on January 23, 2017.