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2023/24 WSOP Circuit - Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)

Friday, January 12, 2024 to Sunday, January 14, 2024

WSOPC Event #15: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $1,206,069
  • Entries: 851
  • Remaining: 0

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Monday, January 15, 2024 7:22 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 14 hours ago)

The Choctaw Main Event came to a close after 6 hours of play on Monday as a field of 851 was conquered by Jonathan Glendinning of Boulder, CO to win the grand prize of $231,832. 

Glendinning was playing in what was only his second WSOP ring event, the first being the Monster Stack earlier in this series. He has the bulk of his poker results over the past two years, most of them locally in Colorado or in the WSOP in Vegas. But he has burst onto the scene in a big way recently as finished 4th in the WPT Prime Championship in early December at the Wynn for $505,000 and now has added the first big win of his career to make for over $730,000 in earnings in the span of just over a month. 

 

"It's unreal" he said afterwards. "In this tournament I learned to win flips, which is an important skill to have" he added with a smile.

He had support from his Colorado poker friends on the rail, including Ben Keeline and 3rd place finisher in this event Chad Lousberg, who jumped into one of his winner's pics. 

He also said that he has already planned to play a full summer at the WSOP this year. Now he will have an extra tournament to play with the tournament of champions.

In order to win this ring, he had to overcome one of the strongest Oklahoma players out there in Will Berry who was looking to capture the Choctaw Main Event title and banner that had eluded him so closely in 2019 when he finished 2nd to Craig Varnell. 

But the three-time ring winner Berry was not able to add another as Glendinning rallied from a heads up deficit to take a slight lead heading into the last hand when the players had close stacks. Berry jammed on the river to pressure Glendinning who ended up calling for the win.

He explained his thought process. "I know Will is a really good player and that he can bluff there. But ultimately it's really hard to fold top pair heads up." 

Action of the Day

The day began with some trepidatious play at first with the first three eliminations going in order of chip position at the start. But that trend changed as start of day chip leader Davis Soskin went out in 5th place after he could not get much going on the day. Regardless, Soskin said he greatly enjoyed the run for the first bigtime score of his career calling it some of the most fun he has ever had playing poker.

Brad Ruben was going for what would be an unprecedented back to back Main Event rings at any single WSOP circuit stop. He moved up the counts quickly before being knocked out in 4th place to end that dream.

Chad Lousberg was eliminated in 3rd place to set up the aforementioned heads up battle. 
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That does it for PokerOrg's coverage of the Choctaw Circuit stop. Make sure to keep eyes open for coming Instant coverage of WSOP Circuit stop in Thunder Valley as the circuit season rolls on. 

Monday, January 15, 2024 6:41 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 14 hours ago)



Will Berry raised to 900,000 and Jonathan Glendinning defended the big blind.

The flop came    . Berry bet about 1,200,000 and Glendinning called. The turn was the  . Berry fired again, this time for 2,200,000 and was again called.

The   completed the river. Berry jammed all in to make Glendinning decide for nearly all his stack as he had Berry covered by only a couple million. After a about 30 seconds he called.

Berry tabled a bluff with a missed draw with the    and Glendinning tabled the championship winning hand, the   .

Berry finishes as runner-up, just as he did in the 2019 Choctaw Main Event. 

 Will Berry - Eliminated
Jonathan Glendinning - 34,040,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 6:20 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 15 hours ago)

Will Berry had swiftly cut down Jonathan stack with a rover shove that got through and a few other pots to send Glendinning down to 9,300,000.

Berry jammed all in from the small blind and Glendinning called it off.

It was a flip as Berry had the    while Glendinning had the   .

The flop came     the turn changed the leader as the   came off. The river was the   and Glendinning was back in it with the lead.

Jonathan Glendinning - 18,600,000
Will Berry - 15,700,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 6:08 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 15 hours ago)

After evenly splitting the first six hands of heads up, Will Berry raised preflop, Jonathan Glendinning jammed all in and Berry snap-called and suddenly all the chips were in the middle.

Glendinning:   
Berry:   

Berry had the lead and could end it quickly with the small chip advantage. The flop came     to pair Glendinning and put him into a commanding lead. The turn was the   and the river the   to counterfeit the threes and chop the pot up to bring it back to stalemate. 

Jonathan Glendinning - 16,400,000
Will Berry - 18,500,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 5:51 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 15 hours ago)


All three players saw the flop of    . From the button, Will Berry bet 1,050,000. Jonathan Glendinning folded the small blind and Chas Lousberg raised from the big blind to 2,200,000. Berry called.

 

The turn was the  . Lousberg moved all in and Berry snap-called.

Berry tabled the    for top set while Lousberg would need a club as he had the   . The river was a blank   and the stacks were counted to confirm that Berry had him covered. 

Lousberg stood up, cursed under his breath and shook his head as he was not happy with the last hand but still walked away with a six figure score.

Chad Lousberg - Eliminated
Will Berry - 18,200,000
Jonathan Glendinning - 16,700,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, January 15, 2024 5:40 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 15 hours ago)

The board read       on the river. Jonathan Glendinning overbet 3,000,000 into a pot of about 2,200,000 from the small blind.

Chad Lousberg called fairly quickly in the big blind. Glendinning tabled    for quads.

"That's not what I wanted to hear" said Lousberg as he lost a good portion of his stack.

Chad Lousberg - 8,500,000
Jonathan Glendinning - 15,900,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 5:34 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 15 hours ago)
Level: 33
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Monday, January 15, 2024 5:33 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 15 hours ago)

On the river, the board showed      . Chad Lousberg bet 1,100,000 from the big blind. Jonathan Glendinning called in the small blind.

Lousberg revealed the    for top pair to take the pot.

Chad Lousberg - 12,700,000
Jonathan Glendinning - 10,800.000

Monday, January 15, 2024 5:28 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 16 hours ago)

Action was checked to the river on a board of      . Jonathan Glendinning bet 1,100,000 which Will Berry called quickly.

Glendinning had the    which was beaten by Berry's   .

Will Berry - 8,700,000
Jonathan Glendinning - 13,500,000
Chad Lousberg - 11,600,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 5:02 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 16 hours ago)


After being knocked down to a short stack, Brad Ruben was all in shortly afterwards with the    against the    of Chad Lousberg.

 

The board ran out       to bring an end Ruben's run and his admirable attempt to defend the Choctaw Main Event title.

Brad Ruben - Eliminated
Chad Lousberg - 9,500,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, January 15, 2024 4:57 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 16 hours ago)

Will Berry was all in from the small blind with the    while Brad Ruben had the    from the big blind and was in position to eliminate Berry.

The flop came    . The turn gave Berry a lot of outs with the   and the river was the   to bring the flush in and keep Berry alive while sending Ruben short.

Brad Ruben - 2,600,000
Will Berry - 10,800,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 4:42 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 16 hours ago)

Will Berry raised from the button to 600,000. Jonathan Glendinning jammed all in for 6,050,000 and Berry quickly called.

It was a flip as Glendinning had a pair with the    while Berry had the   .

The flop came    . The turn was the   and the river the   to secure a big double for the Colorado native as the two players effectively traded chip count positions. 

Jonathan Glendinning - 12,100,000
Will Berry - 6,250,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 4:32 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 16 hours ago)
Level: 32
Blinds: 200,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Monday, January 15, 2024 4:20 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 17 hours ago)
The players are now on a second break. Will Berry won a nice pot off of Chad Lousberg before the break to take the chip lead. 
Monday, January 15, 2024 4:10 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 17 hours ago)



David Soskin's stack had been whittling down over the last level, unable to win many pots. He shoved about 1,800,000 from the cutoff and was called by Chad Lousberg in the small blind.

 

Soskin had the    and ran into the    of Lousberg.

The flop came    . "Oh no, like a bullet to the head!" said Soskin dramatically in reaction to the king. The turn was the   and the river the   to end the start of day chip leader's run in 5th place.

David Soskin - Eliminated
Chad Lousberg - 13,300,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, January 15, 2024 3:50 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 17 hours ago)

Will Berry open jammed from under the gun. David Soskin took a moment on the button before he folded. Jonathan Glendinning called in the small blind to put Berry at risk.

Berry:   
Glendinning:   

The flop came     to pair Berry. The turn was the   and the river the   to give Glendinning an unneeded flush and just like that Berry was back in the mix,

Will Berry - 7,400,000
Jonathan Glendinning - 4,600,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 3:41 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 17 hours ago)

Action was on the river as the board read      . Jonathan Glendinning fired 2,200,000 from the big blind into a pot of around the same size. Will Berry called from the cutoff after a few moments.

Glendinning showed the    for the straight for the nice pot and send Berry down to the short stack.

Will Berry - 2,400,000
Jonathan Glendinning - 8,750,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 3:37 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 17 hours ago)

Brad Ruben has won a series of pots to continue to rise to the top. Chad Lousberg raised to 550,000 from the cutoff, Ruben called in the small blnd.

The flop came    . Both players checked. The turn was the  . Lousberg fired 600,000 and Ruben called.

The river was the  . Ruben checked and Lousberg checked behind and Ruben tabled the    for the winner.

Brad Ruben - 10,600,000
Chad Lousberg - 8,800,000

Monday, January 15, 2024 3:17 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 18 hours ago)
Level: 31
Blinds: 150,000/250,000
Ante: 250,000
Monday, January 15, 2024 3:13 PM Local Time (about 49 days and 18 hours ago)

Blind vs blind the flop came    . David Soskin led for 200,000, Jonathan Glendinning called. The turn was the  . Soskin fired 325,000 and was called.

The river came the  . Soskin bet an identical amount of 325,000 and Glendinning called again and showed the winner with the    while Soskin had the   .

Jonathan Glendinning - 5,600,000
David Soskin - 5,100,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
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