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May 31, 2024

Inside the High Stakes: WPT Choctaw Championship Final Table Drama

Key Takeaways

  • Josh Reichard clinched the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship, defeating Landon Tice for $839,300.
  • Eric Afriat aims for his fourth WPT title at the Choctaw Championship, potentially tying with Darren Elias for most titles.
  • James Mackey, the chip leader, seeks to defend his 2016 title, while Adam Hendrix eyes his first.
  • The Choctaw Championship drew 603 participants, creating a $2.1 million prize pool.

The World Poker Tour (WPT) is back in the spotlight at the HyperX Arena in Las Vegas, following the electrifying showdown at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship. The poker world watched in awe as Josh Reichard emerged victorious against Landon Tice, pocketing a cool $839,300 amidst one of the most vocal supporter sections in WPT history.

Inside the High Stakes: WPT Choctaw Championship Final Table Drama

Today, the poker community's eyes are set on the Choctaw Championship final table, where Eric Afriat has the chance to etch his name in the annals of WPT history. A victory today would mean his fourth title, drawing him level with all-time leader Darren Elias. However, with chip leader James Mackey aiming to replicate his 2016 win in the same event and Adam Hendrix gunning for his first title, the competition is fierce.

Poker boom icon Erick Lindgren, seeking a third WPT crown, was the first to fall, exiting in sixth place with $75,000. The early exit took place within the first half-hour of play, setting an intense tone for the remainder of the game.

The Choctaw Championship has attracted a strong field of 603 players, generating a prize pool of $2.1 million. Among those vying for the top prize of $361,600 are bracelet winner Sebastian Aube and Danny Marx, the recent WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant champion.

As the final table commenced, WPT dignitaries including Adam Pliska, Matt Savage, Lynn Gilmartin, Tony Dunst, and Vince Van Patten, introduced the six finalists amidst a spectacle of lights and music. Eric Afriat, donning a striking red blazer, received the loudest cheers as he made his grand entrance.

The tournament witnessed a dramatic moment when chip leaders Mackey and Hendrix went head-to-head, much to the excitement of the shorter stacks at the table. However, the tension dissipated as they both revealed ace-king, leading to a split pot.

Afriat, on his quest for a historic fourth title, has managed to climb to second in chips after a crucial win against Hendrix. His determination is palpable, as he expressed the significance of this achievement to PokerNews, stating, "It's important to me. That's why I keep playing these WPT's because I want to write history."

While the televised final table will be broadcasted at a later date, real-time updates are available through WPT. PokerNews is also providing live coverage from the HyperX Arena, ensuring fans don't miss a moment of this thrilling final table action.

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