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Dan Lowery Wins 2017 WSOP Circuit Choctaw Main Event

43-Year-Old Defeats 908-Entry Field To Win Sixth WSOPC Gold Ring And $258,784


Daniel Lowery has won the 2017 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event. The 46-year-old from Peter Pender, Arkansas defeated a huge field of 908 entries to win his sixth career WSOPC gold ring and the first-place prize of $258,784. Lowery also earned 912 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his fifth POY-qualified final table of 2017 and his second title, and as a result he has climbed into 96th place on the overall rankings leaderboard, which is presented in 2017 by the Commerce Casino & Hotel.

“It’s the biggest year I’ve ever had. It’s the biggest year I could dream of,” Lowery told WSOP reporters after it was all over.

Lowery’s wife Krista recently gave birth to their first son, Gus. Lowery noted that the addition to his family has inspired him to take his game to a new level. “If I’m going to be in this poker room for 14 hours a day, missing everything he’s doing as he’s growing up, then I want to excel,” said Lowery.

Lowery now has over $1.2 million in lifetime live tournament earnings, despite not being a full-time poker pro. Lowery started a logging and sawmill business with his father in Arkansas and has run it for over 20 years now.

Lowery came into the final day of this event in third chip position with 11 players remaining. He was able to score three knockouts on the way to making it heads-up against Walter Rodriguez, who began their final showdown with nearly a 2-to-1 advantage. Lowery quickly turned things around and was able to take roughly an 8-to-1 chip lead of his own before the final hand arose.

With blinds of 80,000-160,000 and an ante of 20,000 Lowery raised to 400,000 from the button and Rodriguez moved all-in for around 2 million. Lowery quickly called with the ASpade Suit7Club Suit and Rodriguez revealed the 10Spade Suit10Heart Suit.

The flop brought the 5Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit2Spade Suit and the turn the 9Spade Suit to leave Lowery drawing to an ace or a three on the rive to seal the deal. The AClub Suit rolled off the deck, giving Lowery the winning pair to send Rodriguez to the rail as the runner-up with $160,062.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Daniel Lowery $258,784 912
2 Walter Rodriguez $160,062 760
3 Nicholas Schwarmann $118,140 608
4 Jared Hemingway $88,394 456
5 Mason Vieth $66,970 380
6 Jonathan Hanner $51,375 304
7 Chance Steed $39,893 228
8 Kevin Eyster $31,367 152
9 Venkata Chinta $24,952 76