James “mig.com” Mackey Downs WPT Choctaw for $681,758

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James Mackey

Chalk another one up for MTT master James “mig.com” Mackey.

Mackey outlasted 1,066 players to win WPT Choctaw last night for a very sizable purse of $681,758.

Now 30, Mackey was at one point the youngest player to ever win a WSOP event in Las Vegas when he took down his first bracelet in 2007.

With the win Mackey moved to $3.6m in lifetime live tournament earnings.

Zamani, Varnell Fall Short

Former WSOP bracelet winner Benjamin Zamani was also looking to add a WPT title to his poker resume but was unable to get past Mackey heads-up.

James Mackey
James Mackey winning his first WSOP bracelet in 2007.

In the final hand Mackey’s pocket eights were more than enough to beat Zamani’s pocket fives and lock up the tournament.

Zumani had to settle for a $412k consolation prize.

Meanwhile former WPT500 winner Craig Varnell had a very deep run that finally ended in third place for $306,346.

With the victory Mackey took a very early lead in the WPT POY leaderboard this season with 1,200 points.

Here’s at the complete payouts for the final table (first place includes a $15k seat to the WPT Tournament of Champions):

  • 1st: James Mackey – $681,758
  • 2nd: Benjamin Zamani – $412,234
  • 3rd: Craig Varnell – $306,346
  • 4th: Bastian Fischer – $230,300
  • 5th: Jack Duong – $175,122
  • 6th: Matthew Smith – $134,720

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