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This Week's Big Winner: Jay Lee Wins 2017 World Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Oct 11, 2017

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The third running of the World Poker Tour Choctaw $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event drew a field of 924 entries, blowing away the $2 million guarantee to build a final prize pool of $3,121,980. In the end it was 27-year-old Jay Lee who emerged victorious. For the win Lee, a Chinese food delivery person from Austin, Texas, earned his first WPT title and the top prize of $593,173.

“It’s amazing,” Lee told WPT reporters after coming out on top. “Cooler hands after cooler hands, but you know it’s a great feeling. A lot of ups and downs, and a lot of happy at the end. I’m glad I did it.”

This was Lee’s largest career tournament cash by far, with his previous top score being a 147th-place finish in the 2016 WSOP Millionaire Maker event for $7,589.
Here are the five biggest hands that propelled Lee to the win.

Tournament: WPT Choctaw Main Event
Buy-In: $3,500 • No. of Entries: 924 • Prize Pool: $3,121,980 • 1st Place Prize: $593,173

The Action

With four players left, Lee raised to 255,000 from the small blind and Stashin three-bet to 600,000. Lee then moved all-in for 2,330,000 and Stashin immediately jumped out of his seat. Eventually he made the call with AClub Suit 9Club Suit and Lee turned over pocket sevens. The board ran out JSpade Suit 6Spade Suit 4Club Suit 8Spade Suit 8Heart Suit and Lee doubled up back into contention.

The Action

Hutton raised on the button to 350,000 and Lee three-bet to 875,000 from the small blind. Stashin then moved all-in from the big blind for 5,150,000. Hutton quickly folded and Lee called with pocket queens. Stashin showed pocket eights, but the board didn’t help him any as it ran out KHeart Suit KSpade Suit JSpade Suit 10Club Suit 4Heart Suit. Stashin picked up $202,617 for his fourth-place finish while Lee took over the chip lead.

The Action

Kay raised to 450,000 on the button and Lee called from the big blind. The flop came down 8Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit and Lee checked. Kay bet 525,000 and Lee check-raised to 1,400,000. Kay then moved in, having Lee covered. Lee took his time, waiting for about a minute before he called off the rest of his stack with KSpade Suit 9Spade Suit for two over cards and a flush draw. Kay had a worse flush draw with JSpade Suit 2Spade Suit, but he did flop bottom pair, making him only a 2:1 underdog to score the knockout. Instead, the turn and river came 10Spade Suit 9Heart Suit, giving Lee the better flush and a double up to claim a huge chip lead.

The Action

Kay raised to 500,000 on the button and Lee moved all-in from the big blind. Kay instantly called all-in for his last 4,550,000 with ADiamond Suit KClub Suit and saw that he had Lee’s ASpade Suit QClub Suit dominated. The flop, however, came QSpade Suit 8Heart Suit 6Spade Suit, leaving Kay drawing to three outs. The turn was the 2Heart Suit and the river was the JSpade Suit, and Kay exited the tournament in third place, earning $270,801. With that pot, Lee went into heads-up play with a little more than 60 percent of the chips in play.

The Action

Hutton raised to 550,000 on the button and Lee called from the big blind. The flop came down JDiamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 4Club Suit and both players quickly checked. The turn was the 7Spade Suit and Lee checked. Hutton checked behind, and the 9Diamond Suit hit the river. This time, Lee bet 750,000. Hutton raised to 2,000,000 and Lee decided to move all-in. Hutton quickly looked over at his opponent and made the call for a total of 7,025,000, tabling QDiamond Suit 2Diamond Suit for a rivered flush. Lee, however, flopped a full house with JHeart Suit 4Heart Suit to scoop the pot. Hutton banked $366,895 for his runner-up finish, while Lee claimed the title, the trophy and the $593,173 first-place prize.

Final Table Results

1. Jay Lee — $593,173
2. Jeb Hutton — $366,895
3. Josh Kay — $270,801
4. Michael Stashin — $202,617
5. Paul Fisher — $153,508
6. Eric Bunch — $117,761
7. Zachary Smiley — $91,443
8. Daniel Nakic — $71,889
9. Kevin Calenzo — $57,195