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Quan Tran Wins WSOPC Choctaw Durant ($336,412); $4.6 Million in Prize Money Awarded

Quan Tran

The 2021/2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit recently wrapped up its latest stop at Oklahoma’s Choctaw Durant. Through 13 numbered events plus a $250 Seniors tournament, the series catered to a combined 8,399 entrants and awarded $4,623,530 in prize money.

The stop was bookended with notable storylines. In Event #2: $600 NLH The Gargantuan, John Fagg of Evansville, Indiana topped a 2,130-entry field to claim a $156,041 top prize and his second gold ring.

“Oh, this one is bigger… This one’s bigger for sure,” said Fagg, comparing his recent triumph to his debut gold ring run. “It’s just been a while. I haven’t been playing live poker at all, in the last several years; Been playing online mostly.”

At the end of the series, Missouri’s Rodney Spriggs laid claim to his third career ring after besting a 159-entry field in Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty, good for $11,428.

“There were some very good players there at the final table,” stated the 55-year-old Spriggs, who works as CEO of Vintage Stock. “The guy I was heads up against is a pretty strong cash game player and he’ll gamble a little bit… When somebody is a little bit of a loose cannon… it definitely made it more difficult.”

Rodney Spriggs
Rodney Spriggs wins his third gold ring.

Quan Tran Takes Down Main Event

The stop culminated with the $1,700 Main Event, a tournament that attracted 1,411 entries and awarded a $2,137,665 prize pool to the top 213 finishers. Among those to make deep runs were Max Young (39th - $6,142), Matt Bond (25th - $11,285), Matthew Wantman (15th - $23,828), Hayden Fortini (4th - $121,449), and Jessica Vierling (3rd - $158,286).

In heads-up play, which lasted just one hand, Quan Tran defeated Raul Garza to claim the title for $336,412 and his first gold ring in what was just his third poker tournament ever.

"I feel amazing and overwhelmed at the same time," Tran said after his victory. "This was my third Circuit event ever and since the first one it has been a dream of mine to win a ring and become a WSOP Circuit Main Event winner."

The 48-year-old champion added: "It's a very kind of special to begin this Vietnamese new year off with being able to have my picture hanging from the banner for everyone to see my face."

WSOPC Choctaw Durant Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Quan TranDallas, Texas$336,412
2Raul GarzaAlton, Texas$207,928
3Jessica VierlingSeattle, Washington$158,286
4Hayden FortiniVero Beach, Florida$121,449
5Nathan SteuerN/A$93,926
6Jonathan BennettBroken Arrow, Oklahoma$73,224
7Rick AlvaradoOntario, Canada$57,547
8Justin ColinyWentzville, Missouri$45,595
9Richard BennettCoppell, Texas$36,423

WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Ring Winners

John Fagg
John Fagg took down Event #2.
*TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerHometown/CountryPrize*     
Event #1: $250 NLH Monster Stack943$188,600Brent BoganoveczAlva, OK$31,801     
Event #2: $600 NLH The Gargantuan2,130$1,096,950John FaggEvansville, IN$156,041     
Event #3: $400 Congress (5-Card PLO High-Low)299$98,670Michael BuddleWilliamsburg, MO$22,445     
Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold'em441$145,530Garrett PatrickSnowmass, CO$28,985     
Event #5: $400 NLH Double Stack465$153,450Shawn SparlsJay, OK$30,200     
Event #6: $400 NLH Bounty284$79,520Lori GanselGeorgetown, TX$17,349     
$250 Seniors NLH491$98,200Paula ZingelmannBelton, TX$19,052     
Event #7: $400 NLH 6-Handed306$100,980James CordrayFort Worth, TX$22,851     
Event #8: $400 NLH600$198,000James TraberEdmond, OK$36,443     
Event #9: $1,700 Main Event1,411$2,137,665Quan TranDallas, TX$336,412     
Event #10: $250 NLH358$71,600Deanna AlanizCelina, TX$15,114     
Event #11: $400 NLH291$96,030Jimmy LujanSan Antonio, TX$20,834     
Event #12: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha221$113,815Daphne TurnerMcKinney, TX$26,501     
Event #13: $400 NLH Bounty159$44,520Rodney SpriggsJoplin, MO$11,428     

The WSOP Circuit continues now at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California. PokerNews will offer a full recap of the stop upon its completion.

*Images courtesy of the WSOP.

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