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This Week's Big Winner: Craig Varnell Wins 2019 WPT Choctaw Main Event On His 36th Birthday

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jul 03, 2019


Craig Varnell had quite the birthday this year. The Colorado-based poker pro took down the 2019 World Poker Tour Choctaw $3,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, overcoming a field of 577 total entries to win $379,990 and his first WPT title on the day he turned 36 years old. “It feels great,” Varnell told WPT reporters. “When I found out the final table was on my birthday, I said, ‘Well that’s good.’ And then the day didn’t start out too well. I was down to three or four big blinds. I don’t know what happened, I won a couple of all-ins and all of a sudden, I was back in it. It was crazy. I had a big support group here. It was the best birthday present you could ask for.” In addition to the title and the money, Varnell also took home 1,260 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. The score was enough to see Varnell ...

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