Day 2 Completed
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Day 2 Completed
Simon Webster earned the victory in the 15th Annual Oklahoma State Poker Championship $465 Main Event at Hard Rock Casino Resort. He won $42,155 after topping a field of 293 runners.
Webster entered the final table with over a million chips but it took some time for him to gather steam.
"I took a few losses early, so I had to calm down and be patient," Webster said after the win.
He started to gain some traction when he busted Pam Belote in seventh place. Leading up to the confrontation that eventually sent Mashir Khan to the rail, Webster said he'd folded to Khan a few times, including with ace-nine suited. However, when Khan elected to shove all-in on an all-diamond flop, Simon snap-called with ace-ten, the latter being a diamond. Khan tabled jack-nine for a better flush draw, but Webster's hand held up to knock out Khan in sixth. Webster's stack continued to trend upward from that point.
He eventually would run his stack up to more than three million, leading the final table. He surrendered the chip lead only twice. Once to third-place finisher Kenny Baggett and once when James Traber rivered a full house to double through Webster, who had turned a heart flush. By far the most aggressive player at the table, Webster regained those chips through persistent raises and timely folds, picking uncontested pots frequently and avoiding questionable situations.
After knocking out Baggett, Webster took a 4.5-to-1 chip advantage into heads-up play; a lead he never relinquished. In the final hand, Traber shoved with king-queen and found himself up against Webster's Big Slick. Traber failed to improve and Webster's superior ace won him the title.
After the tournament, Webster reflected on how good his year been so far, including getting married in April to his wife, Brianna, after a seven-week engagement.
"I coach the kids back home in McKinney and she took the kids so I could come here," Webster said.
"I'm sure she'll want a piece of this," he added with a smile.
Final Table Results
In a heads up battle that featured non-stop needling and banter, Simon Webster has emerged victorious over runner-up James Traber. Webster knocked out four players at the final table, including Traber, Pam Belote, Mashir Khan, and Kenny Baggett.
When the final hand began, Webster held a 4.5-to-1 chip lead. Traber opened for 200,000 and Webster moved all-in. Traber snap-called.
Traber cried out in disgust when he learned he was dominated. The board ran out dry for both players, , and Webster's ace-high took down the championship.
For his second-place finish, Traber earned a $26,071 payday.
For the victory, Webster will take home $42,155 and the custom Epiphone Oklahoma State Championship of Poker guitar from Hard Rock.
A full recap of the main event and final table will be posted shortly.
Simon Webster opened the pot for 220,000 and Kenny Baggett, who has been the least active at the table, moved all-in for around 300,000. Webster called and the hands were turned up.
Baggett found himself dominated and needing help, but couldn't find any as the board ran out .
Baggett worked a short stack for most of Day 2, briefly held the chip lead early in three-handed play, but ultimately couldn't get any momentum going. He exits the tournament in third place, taking home $18,916 in cash.
After a brief raising battle Simon Webster and James Traber were all-in preflop. Traber for his tournament life.
When the flop hit the board, giving Webster the lead to go with the nut flush draw, Traber started calling "pair the board."
The turn gave Webster the flush amid Traber calling for the board to pair.
Traber's calls were answered when the dealer laid out the on the river to give Traber a massive double up.
James Traber folded the button and Kenny Baggett limped in the small blind. Simon Webster in the big blind raised to 220,000 total and Baggett called.
The dealer spread a flop of and Baggett checked. Webster continued for 130,000 and Baggett quickly called.
The flop came the , and again Baggett checked. Webster checked behind and the board was completed with the .
Baggett thought for a moment and then announced a bet of 340,000. Webster snap-called and Baggett turned over for top pair. Webster mucked and shipped a quarter of his remaining stack over to Baggett.
With this pot, Baggett takes the chip lead for the first time on Day 2, and the stacks between the three players are fairly close in size.