Mo Abedi-Arani Wins Poker Tour Choctaw For $220,626

Mo Abedi-Arani Wins Poker Tour Choctaw For $220,626Mo Abedi-Arani has won the Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event, after besting a field of 735 players over three days on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the $220,626 first place prize.
Mo Abedi-Arani has now earned $485,957 since his first cash in 2008, and commenting after his remarkable victory at the main event in Durant, Oklahoma, said: “It feels great but it still hasn’t hit me. Blair [Hinkle] was on my left the whole time and he busted early, so that was lucky. Then everything else just worked out the entire time. It felt good.”
The $1,500 main event attracted a large field of both amateurs and pros alike to create a prize pool worth $1,103,091. Amongst the top name cashing in at the event but falling short of a final table apperance was
TJ Cloutier, Rob Salaburu, Doug Paxton, Allyn Jaffrey Shulman and Jim Carroll.
By the time the final table of nine had been set, Lou Barlow (3.815m) was way ahead as the chip leader, Allan Farber was in third spot (1.845m), while Mo Abedi-Arani was way behind in 7th on a 1.115m stack.
Mo Abedi-Arani, however,  would go on to reach the heads-up phase of the competition against Allan Farber, albeit at a 6-1 chip disadvantage, and would subsequently manage to overcome his chip deficit before the final hand was played. In the hand, Mo Abedi-Arani had been dealt 7-6 to his opponent’s Ad-Jd, and after all the chips went in on a 6-5d-2-6d board, the river produced a 4s to relegate Allan Farber to a runner-up finish worth $136,011.
Meanwhile, Mo Abedi-Arani was crowned the 2013 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event champion, and commenting on what winning the tournament meant to him, said: “It’s nice, the bracelet is nice, the money is nice. Obviously I’m happy. It’s great because now I can play a little bit bigger. It helps a lot.”
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Mo Abedi-Arani – $220,626
2. Allan Farber – $136,011
3. Lou Barlow – $100,271
4. Bruce Guin – $74,734
5. Matthew Ludlow – $56,445
6. Donald Thurman – $43,186
7. Blair Hinkle – $33,457
8. Bill Donnelly – $26,243
9. Thao Truong – $20,837

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