Daniel Lowery, a poker pro from Arkansas who has been traveling around the country to participate in as many WSOP Circuit tournaments as possible, won last night the WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event for his sixth gold ring and the amount of $258,784.
The player emerged as the chip leader at the end of Day 1B and entered Day 2 as the overall chip leader from the tournament’s two starting flights. Although he lost his leading position at some point on Day 2, he remained among the top stacks throughout the event’s second half. And last night, the player was the final one to sit at the tables of Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma, outlasting a field of 908 contenders.
The final day of the $1,675 Main Event kicked off with 11 players who returned at the host venue from Day 2. They were led by Jonathan Hanner who held 2.97 million in chips at the time. Walter Rodriguez with 2.79 million and Lowery with 2.49 million were the other players to occupy the leading positions in the temporary chip counts chart.
Jonathan Bennett was the short stack at the beginning of the final day of play with a total of 695,000. However, with blinds at 20,000/40,000 all players were running deep, which promised for action-packed and probably prolonged Day 3.
Day 3 Action Recap
It was actually Lowery who set the unofficial final table of 10 by eliminating Srinivasa Vadlamudi in 11th place. Collecting his opponent’s chips, the eventual winner thus emerged as the chip leader with 4.2 million. It then took around half an hour before the official final table was set.
Players battled it out for a total of 177 hands before the names of the two heads-up opponents became clear. On Hand #177 of the final table, Lowery eliminated Nick Schwarmann to set the final duel. The player was to play against Walter Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was the chip leader at that point with 11.8 million in chips, good for 98 big blinds. Lowery had a total of 6.36 million or 53 big blinds. The eventual winner was vying for his sixth gold ring from the WSOP Circuit and was clearly ready to put up a good fight and scoop the gold piece. His determination helped him catch up with his final opponent quite quickly. It took him less than ten hands to grab the chip lead and he never looked back from that point on.
Lowery approached his opponent carefully and gradually weakened him until the moment for the final hand came. Hand #235 was the final one played within the tournament. It saw Lowery raising pre-flop and Rodriguez shoving for his last 2 million. Lowery called immediately and tabled [As][7c] to Rodriguez’s [10s][10h].
The board ran out [5d][4d][2s][9s][Ac], locking a better pair for Lowery and the title. Hitting the rail as the runner-up, Rodriguez collected $160,062.