Lewis wins latest Choctaw poker series main event

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Choctaw Casino Resort’s latest poker series (July 17-Aug. 3) sported a whopping 81 events, culminating in a $500K main event that saw Austin Lewis of Grand Prairie, Texas, take home $183K and the title.

Event 7, which had a $100K guarantee, drew 2,269 entries over two starting flights and was chopped six ways with Cristobal Romano and Colton Thomas taking the top share of $22K each.

The $150K guaranteed (Event 35, NLHE) went to the talented and aggressive La Sengphet for $32,532. She owns the most World Series of Poker Circuit rings for a female player with three. The $200K NLHE event saw 537 entries as Jonathan Bloyen captured the title and $55,414. Sam Ansley was runner-up ($34,262) and Sengphet made the back-to-back final tables with a sixth-place finish ($10,645).

But let’s get back to the $1,620 main event, which had two starting days and drew 599 entries. After the preliminary dust settled, the chipleader was none other than Lynn Samples (see our July 2014 issue), but she would finish 18th for $9,195.

Six players advanced to Day 4 (Lewis, Gary Luther, Tyler Morris, Omar Zazay, Jason Fitzpatrick and Zia Khosravi). Bowing out first was Fitzpatrick ($35,254). Next to fall was Morris in fifth ($46,218). He was the WSOPC main event champ Choctaw in January. Khosravi, who incredibly short-stacked, managed to grab fourth and $61,426. Zazay was third ($82,779).

Heads-up play began with the chipleaders coming into Day 4, Luther and Lewis. Luther of Georgetown, Texas, couldn’t overcome Lewis and settled for runner-up and $113,205.

— Email John at anteupjohndshort@gmail.com.