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Maxx Dansky Wins Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event

Nashville, Tennessee Resident Scores $152,008 Payday


Maxx DanskyMaxx Dansky was on his way back home to Nashville, Tennessee when he decided to stop off for some poker at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. After four days of battling it out in the $1,000 Card Player Poker Tour main event, the 25-year-old poker pro emerged victorious, taking home the $152,008 payday.

Dansky spent his summer and the better part of the last year, trying to make it work as a live player in Las Vegas. After several close calls, he and some buddies decided to make a drastic move so that they could continue playing online poker.

“I’m on my way back to Nashville, but in a few weeks, we’ll be living in Costa Rica,” said Dansky. “We plan on doing it until the next WSOP, so I guess it will be like an eight-month working vacation.”

Though he’s happy to be getting back on the virtual felt, Dansky said that his win in the live arena gave him the ultimate sense of satisfaction.

“There were just so many opportunities that I had in the last few months,” he said. “I’m just happy that everyone went my way this time and I can let go of all that other frustration.”

Dansky defeated Miguel Hernandez during a quick heads-up match. Hernandez, a 28-year-old barber from nearby Dallas, Texas, earned $93,708 for his runner-up finish.

Here’s a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Winnings POY Points
1 Maxx Dansky $152,008 912
2 Miguel Hernandez $93,708 760
3 Michael Newport $69,084 608
4 Carlos Valdivieso $51,490 456
5 Keith Carter $38,889 380
6 Jason Brewer $29,754 304
7 Travis Riffle $23,051 228
8 Ricky Green $18,080 152
9 Tana Karnchanakphan $14,356 76