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Kirk Stewart Wins Inaugural Native American Casino Poker Tour Main Event at Choctaw Casino Resort

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Jan 11, 2012


In the early morning of Monday Dec. 12, Kirk Stewart, a lifetime wheat farmer from Kansas, was awarded the inaugural Native American Casino Poker Tour title, presented by Card Player Media, after a three-way deal at the final table. At Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, Stewart won $50,000, the buffalo trophy and a $1,500 World Series of Poker Circuit seat. He had both Jason Simon and former PokerStars Supernova Elite player Brandon “Ledzep6028” Vise on the ropes when the deal was made. Simon and Vise chopped up the remaining prize pool for scores of about $45,000 apiece. In addition to Stewart, Simon and Vise, the final table consisted of Reggi Trotter (fourth), Martin Tyson (fifth), Vartan Tonian (sixth), Brett Rager (seventh), Jeremy Vaughn (eighth), and Sebastian Tejada (ninth). Vaughn, a 23-year-old professional poker player, was cheered on via Twitter by Ben Lamb, his backer. The Texan was one of ...

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