Brady Holiman wins WPT Choctaw event

Brady Holiman is the newest WPT champion after surprising the rest of the field at the WPT Choctaw.

Holiman, a casual poker player who works as a sales manager at a car dealership in Texas, entered the $3,700 main event with less than a dozen live-tournament cashes to his name and just under $42,000 in career earnings. After outlasting the rest of the 755-player field at the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma he added $469,185 to his total.

Holiman began the final table with the chip lead and added to his lead rather quickly after sending his closest opponent, Timothy Domboski, to the rail. Holiman’s Ace-King topped Domboski’s pocket Kings when another Ace hit on the flop.

Holiman continued mowing through his opponents and knocked out three-time WPT champion Anthony Zinno in fifth place and Anthony Ruberto in fourth place. The only member of the final table that Holiman didn’t eliminate was Christopher Smith. He was sent packing in third place by Viet Vo.

Holiman versus Vo heads-up for the title

It came down to Holiman and Vo heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began Holiman had a 3-to-2 chip lead on Vo, which quickly grew to 2-to-1 with Holiman in complete control.

In the final hand with blinds at 100,000/200,000 Vo raised to 450,000 and Holiman came back at him with a raise to 1,200,000. Vo kept it going with a raise to 2,700,000. Holiman went all-in and Vo called. Holiman showed As-Js, while Vo had pocket Kings. The flop all but sealed it for Holiman after it showed Jh-Jc-6d. The 3h on the turn was no help to Vo and neither was the 7d on the river, eliminating him. For the second-place finish Vo received $320,725.

The next stop for the WPT is the WPT Borgata Open at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, starting on September 16. At last year’s WPT Borgata Open Guo Liang Chen outlasted a 1132-player field to cash $789,058.