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That’s all she wrote from the tournament floor of Choctaw Casino Resort! After just three hours of play on Day 3, Austin Lewis rose to the top of the field. Lewis defeated Gary Luther heads up to win the bracelet, the trophy, and $183,025 in first-place prize money.
While Lewis and Luther were evenly matched in chips for a majority of the heads up match, the turning point came when Luther six-bet shipped all in with pocket nines. Unfortunately for the Houston, Texas native, Lewis woke up with two aces which held for a massive double up. The match ended soon after and Luther was forced to settle for a runner-up finish. He received $113,205 for his efforts.
Here’s a look at the payouts for the final table:
1st: Austin Lewis – $183,025
2nd: Gary Luther – $113,205
3rd: Omar Zazay – $82,779
4th: Zia Khosravi – $61,426
5th: Tyler Morris – $46,218
6th: Jason Fitzpatrick – $35,254
7th: Mario Silvestri – $27,262
8th: Charlie Nguyen – $21,370
9th Allen Carter – $16,978
After losing the majority of his stack just a few hands before, Gary Lewis moved all-in for his tournament life with QQ. Austin Lewis called with A2 and a brutal flop for Luther basically sealed his fate.
Lewis flopped a wheel when the dealer fanned 543 and Luther never improved as the board ran out 24.
Luther leaves with $113,205 for his deep run.
Gary Luther had the button and raised to 120,000. Austin Lewis three-bet from the big blind, making it 275,000 to go. Luther came back over the top with a four-bet to 600,000 only to have Lewis five-bet to one million total. Luther six-bet shipped all in and Lewis snap called for his tournament life of 5.275 million.
Lewis was in a commanding position to double up with his pocket aces heading to the community cards. The flop came down 5A8, putting Lewis even further in the lead with top set. The 4 turned, ensuring Lewis the double. The 8 finished the board, filling Lewis up in the process.
Austin Lewis – 10,550,000
Gary Luther – 1,400,000
Austin Lewis popped it up to 125,000 from the button and Gary Luther called from the big blind. The flop came down 495 and Luther checked. Lewis continued for 150,000 only to have Luther come over the top with a check-raise to 350,000. Lewis three-bet the action to 650,000 and Luther let his cards go.
Austin Lewis – 5,075,000
Gary Luther – 6,905,000
Play has resumed with blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante.
Players are on a 10-minute break.
Austin Lewis raised to 105,000 from the button and Gary Luther called. The flop came down 683 and Luther check-called a continuation bet of 110,000.
The turn was the 2 and Luther checked for a second time. Lewis fired 250,000 and Luther stuck around. The A was the river and Luther checked for a third time. Lewis moved 650,000 past the betting line, sending Luther into the tank. Ultimately, Luther opted to fold and Lewis was pushed the pot.
Gary Luther – 6,700,000
Austin Lewis – 4,600,000
After each committing 500,000 before the flop, Gary Luther and Austin Lewis took a flop of 289. Luther checked over to Lewis who fired out a bet of 450,000. Luther came over the top with a raise to 1.2 million and Lewis let his cards go.
With this pot, Luther jumped into the chip lead with 6.8 million to Lewis’ 4.8 million.
Here’s a look at the approximate chip counts to start heads up play.
Austin Lewis – 6,800,000
Gary Luther – 5,550,000
Action folded around to Omar Zazay in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 640,000. Gary Luther called from the big blind and the two hands were turned over.
The two were racing for Zazay’s tournament life heading to the flop. The dealer fanned K10J on the felt, keeping Luther’s fours in the lead while giving Zazay additional outs with a queen to make a Broadway straight. The turn was the 4, giving Luther a set of fours and a strong grip on the hand.
The river was the K, filling up Luther and allowing him to score the elimination. Zazy was eliminated from play in 3rd place and Luther boosted his stack to about 5.55 million in chips.
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