A record-breaking Circuit series is in the books as the 12th and final ring event at Choctaw Casino Resort has concluded in Durant, Okla. The 12-day festival kicked off nearly two weeks ago with a 4,053-entry field in the opening re-entry event — the largest tournament in the Circuit’s 11-year history. Texas pro Ray Henson earned his fourth gold ring along with $197,588 for his victory in the record-breaking tournament.
Things continued this past weekend with the $1,675 Main Event that drew another impressive field — 1,363 entries. Jose Montes from Bronx, N.Y. won the $352,699 first prize. In addition, he punched his ticket to the National Championship where he’ll join Choctaw Casino Champion Ben Reason to play for an up-to $2,000,000 prize pool and a gold bracelet. Reason earned Casino Champion honors following up first, fourth 128th-place finishes in preliminary events with a sixth-place finish in the Main Event. He donned the honors with little resistance from the field.
Here’s a look at the 12 gold ring winners from the Choctaw series:
- EVENT #1: Thomas Johnson defeated 990 players ($365 NLH Monster Stack) for $56,427
- EVENT #2: Mark Fisher defeated 197 players ($365 PLO) for $15,366
- EVENT #3: Ray Henson defeated 4,053 entries ($365 NLH Re-Entry) for $197,588
- EVENT #4: Kevin McColgan defeated 402 players ($365 One-Day NLH) for $26,533
- EVENT #5: Ben Reason defeated 281 players ($365 NLH) for $20,233
- EVENT #6: Stewart Yancik defeated 379 players ($365 Six-Handed NLH) for $27,281
- EVENT #7: Johnny Donnelly defeated 241 players ($365 NLH) for $17,711
- EVENT #8: Steve Moore defeated 281 players ($365 NLH) for $20,233
- EVENT #9: Danny Watkins defeated 225 players ($365 NLH) for $16,877
- EVENT #10: Bret Zorich defeated 314 players ($580 One-day NLH) for $36,899
- EVENT #11 (Main Event): Jose Montes defeated 1,363 entries ($1,675 NLH) for $352,669
- EVENT #12: Tzu Yen defeated 345 players ($365 NLH) for $23,806
Complete results from the series are available on WSOP.com.
Thanks for following along from Choctaw. Don’t forget, Circuit action starts up again this Thursday at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Miss.