Monday, January 16, 2023 10:39 PM Local Time
The WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event has reached its conclusion. After 5 days of action that saw 1,491 entries create a prizepool of $2,258,865, there was only player left standing at the end to claim the grand prize of $357,269.
Chase Davis of Wichita, KS claimed his first Circuit ring after a wild final table that saw him go from second shortest stack to start the day to champion.
Davis was on the verge of elimination in 8th place early in the day, but binked a river ten to stay alive. He would also double with big pairs on a few other occasions. Three-handed he would slay aces with ace-jack to take the overwhelming chip lead into heads-up play.
"I came into the day planning to avoid the two massive stacks and attack some of the newer players with the middling stacks close to mine and that out worked pretty well. I was able to battle these guys and stay out of the way. Then the big stacks had their blunders against other players and I sort of laid low until the last half of the table where I gained some steam." Davis explained in a brief table synopsis afterwards.
This win is by far Davis's largest of his career as it is more than triple his total career earnings of just over $100,000 prior to this. As things got later in the night, Davis openly admitted to his tablemates that he cared more about the money than the ring or the title.
"I'm still super pumped to have it! At the end of the day, I play poker for the money, that's what I care about. But once it (the title) became attainable, it sort of flipped around and I am super excited to have a ring and be able to play in the tournament of champions".
In addition to the ring and entry into the tournament of champions, Davis's image will now hang on a banner amongst the other Main Event winners in the Choctaw Durant auditorium for years to come, immortalizing his win.
Final Table Results
1. Chase Davis - $357,269
2. Jonathan Dull - $220,809
3. Sayed "Mo" Khan - $164,596
4. Alex Nguyen - $123,937
5. Nathan Russler - $94,277
6. Jay Nguyen - $72,457
7. Justin Lapka - $56,269
8. Nicholas Tucker - $44,159
9. Robert "Mike" Champion - $35,025
The day began with two dominant stacks, but neither one would take firm control of the table. It took over an hour for Robert "Mike" Champion to go out in ninth.
Another hour would pass before Nicholas Tucker got his payout slip for eighth place and his first recorded tournament result.
Justin Lapka entered the day as one of the two massive stacks, but he was never able to get anything going as his stack went down throughout the day before he eventually went out in seventh.
Jay Nguyen was the other big stack to start the day but he would become the next player to go as he lost a few key pots to lose his grip on his stack. Regardless it was a memorable run for the usual cash game player as he played the role of Nostradamus, winning a cash that came very close to the foreseen amount in his prophecy-like dream.
From there the eliminations got quicker as Nathan Russler hit the rail next in fifth place and Alex Nguyen went out in fourth place a few hands later after having made a nice recover from being don to as low as 4 big blinds from a brutal set-over-set hit late on Day 2.
Dinner break would come before three-handed play began and the three remaining players would come back from dinner all in a jovial mood and ready to play for a title. Sayeed Khan had the chip lead for some of the day and was poised to take control three-handed before his aces were cracked by ace-jack in the aforementioned huge hand to go out in third place.
Jonathan Dull has a day to remember as he was able to take control of the table early on in the day, taking the chip lead through aggressive play. He held that chip lead for much of the table as he continued to drive the action. But he would enter heads-up play at a large chip disadvantage and eventually finish as runner-up after just a few hands.
That wraps up WSOP.com coverage of the Choctaw Durant Main Event. Be sure to stick around for updated results from the other ring events in this series to be uploaded.
Monday, January 16, 2023 9:24 PM Local Time
Jonathan Dull jammed all in over a raise from Chase Davis and Davis snap-called.
Dull was in deep trouble as the flop came to make it almost on lock The turn was the and the river the to eliminate Dull in second place and give Davis the victory.
Jonathan Dull - Eliminated
Chase Davis - 44,730,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 9:13 PM Local Time
Monday, January 16, 2023 9:12 PM Local Time
Sayed "Mo" Khan
Mo Khan jammed from the small blind and Chase Davis called in the big blind.
Khan had the rockets while Davis had the . Davis half-jokingly called for king-queen-ten for a straight as the flop came to make for a big sweat.
The turn was the to make broadway for Davis and the river was the to dramatically bust Khan who went out in good spirits.
Mo Khan - Eliminated
Chase Davis - 30,500,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 9:00 PM Local Time
The board showed . Mo Khan jammed all in and Chase Davis called after very quick action between the two players.
Khan tabled the and Davis had the for a boat over straight and the double for Khan.
Mo Khan - 13,100,000
Chase Davis - 20,800,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 8:56 PM Local Time
Action was on the flop as the board read . Khan jammed all in and Dull checked his cards and thought for a while before he called.
Khan had the lead with the while Dull had the . The turn was the and the river the to give Khan his chips right back.
Jonathan Dull - 9,700,000
Mo Khan - 8,800,000
Chase Davis - 27,000,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 8:53 PM Local Time
Action was on the flop as it read . Mo Khan bet 800,000 from the button. Jonathan Dull called in the big blind.
The turn was the [8hh]. Khan came with a bet of 1,200,000 and Dull called.
The river was the . Khan jammed all in and Dull swiftly called. He tabled the 7c] which beat Khan's and he doubled.
Monday, January 16, 2023 8:46 PM Local Time
In a limped pot all three players saw the flop come . All three players checked. The turn was the .
From the small blind, Mo Khan bet 1,500,000, Chase Davis called from the big blind and Jonathan Dull folded the button.
The river came the . Khan slid out 4,000,000. Davis jammed all in. Khan took about 30 seconds before he folded. Davis showed the
Mo Khan - 14,500,000
Chase Davis - 19,900,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 8:33 PM Local Time
Mo Khan raised to 1,000,000 from the button. Jonathan Dull made it 3,000,000 from the big blind and Khan called.
The flop came . Dull continued for a lead of 2,000,000 and Khan folded.
Jonathan Dull - 13,700,000
Mo Khan - 16,200,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 8:26 PM Local Time
From the small blind, Mo Khan bet 600,000 on a flop of . Chase Davis called in the big blind.
The turn was the as both players checked. The river came the . Khan led for 3,000,000. Davis tossed in the one chip call.
Khan tabled the straight.
Mo Khan - 19,200,000
Chase Davis - 14,800,000
Jonathan Dull - 10,700,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 8:12 PM Local Time
Monday, January 16, 2023 7:13 PM Local Time
The three players are now on a 60-minute dinner break. Play will resume at ~ 8:10 p.m.
Monday, January 16, 2023 7:12 PM Local Time
Mo Khan raised from the button, Chase Davis three-bet from the small blind. Khan four-bet jammed and was snap-called.
Davis tossed over the . Khan frustratedly tabled the as he had run into it again vs Davis while holding tens.
The board ran out to give Davis the huge double.
Chase Davis - 20,550,000
Mo Khan - 12,750,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 6:58 PM Local Time
Alex Nguyen was short stacked and after having just survived through a pay jump with the elimination of Nathan Russler, he jammed from the small blind and was called by Mo Khan in the big blind.
The board ran out and Nguyen was eliminated.
Alex Nguyen - Eliminated
Mo Khan - 19,750,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 6:55 PM Local Time
Action was picked up on the flop as it showed . Nathan Russler bet from the cutoff, Mo Khan raised all in and Russler said "It's go time" and called.
Russler had the but it was up against the two pair of Khan.
The turn was the and the river the to end the day for Russler.
Nathan Russler - Eliminated
Mo Khan - 18,800,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 6:51 PM Local Time
Action was four-handed on a flop of . Jonathan Dull bet 1,100,000 from the button and only Chase Davis called from the cutoff as the other two got out of the way.
The turn was the . Both players checked to the river which was the . Davis led for 1,700,000. Dull waited a moment and called.
Davis tabled the for two pair which was beaten by the two pair of Dull to put him back on top.
Chase Davis - 8,600,000
Jonathan Dull - 16,700,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 6:38 PM Local Time
Mo Khan opened under the gun, Jay Nguyen jammed from the cutoff and Khan called.
Nguyen got up and could hardly bear to watch in nervousness, the flop came to give Khan the straight immediately and make everyone let out groans as the popular Nguyen was now close to heading out the door.
The turn was the to give him boat outs but the hope was short lived as the came off to end his run in 6th place as he went around the table to shake hands with his tablemates.
Earlier in the day, Nguyen told the table that he had dreamed he won $80,000 in a tournament which was not a normal dream for the usual cash game player. It came extremely close to coming true as he walks away with just over $72,000 today.
Jay Nguyen - Eliminated
Mo Khan - 13,700,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 6:29 PM Local Time
Four players saw the flop come . Jonathan Dull bet 425,000 from early position. Mo Khan folded the small blind, Chase Davis called in the big blind and Jay Nguyen folded from under the gun.
The two big stacks saw the turn come the . They checked it. The river was the . Davis led for 2,000,000. Dull thought a moment before he folded.
Davis took the pot to take a slight lead over Dull at the top.
Chase Davis - 11,300,000
Jonathan Dull - 10,900,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 6:16 PM Local Time
Three-way action was on a flop of . Mo Khan from the button, Jay Nguyen from the big blind and Nathan Russler from the hijack all committed 650,000 to the middle.
The turn came the . It checked to Khan who bet 2,000,000. Nguyen folded quickly and Russler took a bit of time before he also relinquished his cards.
"My time to show one" said Khan as he tabled the .
Mo Khan - 8,500,000
Nathan Russler - 6,200,000
Jay Nguyen - 3,900,000
Monday, January 16, 2023 6:11 PM Local Time