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Online Pro Wins WSOPC Choctaw
A 25-year old online poker pro from nearby Norman, Oklahoma booked a win at the World Series of Poker Circuit event at the Choctaw Resort and Casino in Durant, Oklahoma Monday.
Huy Nguyen pushed past a field of 808 mostly local players from Oklahoma and Texas to collect a $232,706 first-place prize.
Although names like Berry Johnston, Tommy Vedes, Allen Kessler, Tom McEvoy, Ylon Schwartz and WSOPC National Championship points leaders Brett Schwertley and Kevin Calenzo were scattered amongst the field.
The $1,600 event's massive field played down to 174 players on Day 1 and 14 on Day 2 with the final table set just a few hours into the third day.
After the overnight leader busted, Nguyen took a sizeable lead into the final and never really looked back, eventually getting to heads up with a 7:1 chip lead over Traci Brown, who finished 11th in the WSOP Ladies event this summer.
After making quick work of Brown, the online poker pro booked the title and an automatic entry into the WSOP Circuit National Championship $1 million freeroll in Las Vegas this May, but Nguyen may not have seen the last of her.
Brown won the Choctaw WSOP Circuit Casino Championship and also earned a seat in the Championship.
Here's how the final 10 finished up at Choctaw:
1 Huy Nguyen $232,706
2 Traci Brown $143,462
3 Shallum Lynch $105,764
4 Jeff Gibralter $78,828
5 Bobby Hempkins $59,537
6 Drazen Ilich $45,552
7 Victor Haynes $35,290
8 Andrew Watson $27,680
9 Robert Cheung $21,979
10 Charles Moore $17,662