MSPT Sycuan Casino
Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,600
Prize Pool $1,422,990
Players 978

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 10,000
Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Congratulations to Abraham Araya, Winner of WSOPC Choctaw ($270,380)

MartyDerby • Level 31: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
WSOPC Choctaw Champ Abraham Araya.
WSOPC Choctaw Champ Abraham Araya.

Abraham Araya outlasted 977 others to win the 2011/2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Main Event title and $270,380 in Durant, Oklahoma tonight.

No stranger to the winner's circle at the Choctaw Casino and Resort, Araya also took down the 2011 T.J. Cloutier Choctaw Poker Challenge this past October and appears unbeatable here.

He grabbed the chip lead on Day 2 when it appeared he could do no wrong. In fact, even when he got it in behind, Araya seemed to find a way to get ahead, busting more than his fair share of players en route to a healthy overnight chip lead.

However, the final day was not an easy one, as his stack was cut to a third of its original size in the first 30 minutes while others progressed above and beyond.

He held tight though and by the time the final table rolled around had righted the ship somewhat, coming in sixth in chips.

Throughout the final nine Araya appeared to remain patient, and struck when the time was right.

Derek Browning took the chip lead right before the dinner break making a huge call with pocket fours, but when the players returned, Araya pushed ahead of him, busting Will Nguyen when his tens held against Nguyen's big slick.

That set up what had to be the biggest hand of the tournament, with Browning shoving aces on a flop containing two hearts. Araya called with a flush draw and found a heart on the river to bust Browning and take control of more than half the chips in play.

He busted Mark Burford next, getting it in dominated with ace-jack against ace-queen, but sucking out.
And as four-handed play began, he held 14 million in chips with the rest of the table combined hanging on to just six million.

Daniel Lowery took care of Jack Miller next and after Aray busted Michael Sanders, the two went heads up with Aray enjoying a better than 2:1 chip lead.

Heads-up play was a rather quick one-sided affair with Aray dominating Lowery from start to finish, finally getting him all in with fives against ace-eight and holding to collect the $270,380 first-place prize and all the glory here at WSOPC Choctaw.

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Michael Sanders Eliminated in 3rd Place ($123,430)

Michael Sanders 3rd Place
Michael Sanders 3rd Place

Abraham Araya limped from the small blind and Michael Sanders shoved from the big blind. Araya called after a count of Sanders' stack.

Sanders: {7-Hearts} {7-Spades}
Araya: {4-Diamonds} {4-Hearts}

Araya flopped a monster when the dealer spread {Q-Diamonds} {Q-Hearts} {4-Clubs} and Sanders needed another queen or a seven to take the lead. He would not get either as the board completed {2-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} and Araya took the pot.

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Michael Sanders
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Derek Browning Eliminated in 6th Place ($53,675)

Derek Browning 6th Place
Derek Browning 6th Place

We're down to five in the WSOPC Choctaw Main Event after Abraham Araya found a creative way to crack Derek Browning's aces and send him home 6th.

The hand began with a 135k bet from Daniel Lowery. Araya called on the button, but Browning decided to make it 400k from the small blind. Both Lowery and Araya called and after the {j-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop, Browning pushed.

Lowery quickly got out of the way, but Araya made the call with {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. Browning's aces were ahead, but after the {8-Diamonds} gave Araya an up and down straight draw as well, Browning's demise seemed inevitable.

Sure enough, the {9-Hearts} on the river gave Araya the flush and while Browning exited 6th, Araya pushed over the 13-million chip mark.

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Abraham Araya
us 13,200,000 7,150,000
Derek Browning
Derek Browning

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