Nguyen Triumphs At WSOPC Choctaw 2011 Main EventFebruary 1, 2011 11:12 am
Huy Nguyen has won the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Choctaw, after overcoming a huge field of 808 players over three days to collect the WSOPC winners ring, as well as the $232,706 first place prize.
The $1,600 buy-in main event attracted a whole host of top pros to the tournament to create an impressive prize-pool worth $1,175,640. Amongst the notable names attracted to the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma were such players as Tom McEvoy, TJ Cloutier, Berry Johnston, Tommy Vedes and Allen Kessler.
After just the first day of play, the large field had been reduced to 174 players and a couple of hours into Day 3, and the final table of nine had been set.
Leading the pack at the final table was eventual winner Huy Nguyen on 4.12 million chips with a short-stacked Traci Brown on just 490k. Amazingly, Traci managed a few much needed double-ups to stay in the game, even as Shallum Lynch and Huy Nguyen set about eliminating all other competition at the final table.
Nguyen first knocked Robert Cheung out in 9th ($21,979), before dispatching Andrew Watson in 8th ($27,680) holding pocket fours to Nguyen’s pocket queens. Next, Drazen Ilich was out in 6th ($45,552), after his all-in semi-bluff holding Js-10s on a As-9h-4s-3h board was called by Nguyen (Ah-6h), who also made a flush on the 5h river.
Huy Nguyen holding pocket queens then sent Jeff Gibralter with pocket fours to the rail in 4th Place ($78,828), before taking care of Shallum Lynch in 3rd spot ($105,764) in a pocket aces versus pocket fours pre-flop battle.
Going into the heads-up phase of the competition, Nguyen held an impressive 14.1 million to 2.1 million chip lead over Traci Brown, and a few hands later it was all over after Brown shoved preflop holding Ad-9d, only to be called by Nguyen with Ah-Qs.
With the board running out Kd-5s-2h-6d-Ac, it was all over for the birthday girl who then walked away $143,462 better off, while the title and the $232,706 first prize went to deserved winner Huy Nguyen.