Darin Utley, a former boxer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, pertained to Choctaw Gambling establishment in Durant to play money games however ended up asserting his very first WSOP Circuit title. The player, who stopped his day-to-day work concerning a year earlier and also currently plays poker for a living, took down Saturday evening the $400 No-Limit Hold ’em Multi-Flight for a gold ring and also $50,557 in prize money.
The competition drew 766 entries through two starting trips. That produced a prize pool of $252,780. The money was dispersed in payouts for the leading 81 finishers, with min-cashes deserving $419.
The player had an excellent begin as well as rapidly got momentum. He was exceeded by a couple of gamers who signed up with the area via Flight B, however the ultimate champion still had a comfy pile into Day 2 of the event.
Regardless of his good work on Day 1, Utley’s flight on Day 2 was not as very easy as well as effortless as he may have really hoped. The player rapidly started shedding chips till he discovered himself to be among the short heaps. He took care of to navigate his means to the unofficial final table, yet he was still short-stacked when that wrapping up phase of the event began.
Final Table Highlights
Once there were just ten players left at the tables of the host casino, they were moved to a single table to contimue their hunt for the title. Eric Bunch, a player with nearly $200,000 in WSOP earnings, led the ten finalists into the closing stage of the tournament with 2.275 million. Trailing not far behind was Lance Hendricks with 2.22 million.
As for Utley, he was second to last in the temporary leaderboard at the time with a chip stack of 345,000. Commenting on how things went for him on Day 2, the player said that “it felt good coming into Day 2” because he had some chips, but things just did not go his way, or at least not initially.
Over the course of the final table, Utley managed to jab his way back into the race and captured the momentum he gained to eventually take down the tournament. A winning hand of [8d][5d] against Hendricks secured him with his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and his first payout from the series. Hendrick himself scooped his first-ever WSOP Circuit cash. The player collected $31,168 for his deep run into the Multi-Flight event.
Utley revealed that he began playing poker for a living about a year ago. He usually plays cash games and Big O is his preferred poker format. As it can be seen, the player certainy has some Hold’em skills, as well.