$1,700 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,700
Prize Pool $1,489,245
Players 983

Level Info

Level 32
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 160,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 17
$1,700 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Nathanael Kogel Wins WSOPC Choctaw Durant Main Event for $256,915

AnthonyThompson • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Nathanael Kogel
Nathanael Kogel

Nathanael Kogel is the latest Main Event champion of the 2019/2020 World Series of Poker Circuit season after he topped a field of 983 entries to walk away with the Choctaw Durant $1,700 Main Event title, a $256,915 top prize, and a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

The victory marked Kogel's third ring at Choctaw in just two years making him only the second player ever to have acquired three rings at the Durant stop. Kogel's first two rings came back-to-back in 2016 and then he turned in two more final table appearances in 2018, which turned out to be a tough lesson for Kogel.

"I learned a lot of things since the last time I was here," Kogel said after his win. "Last year I played in three tournaments, final tabled two of them and I went in with the chip lead both times only to come out with two sixth-place finishes."

Kogel continued, "Those last two final tables were eye-opening for me. I improved on the mistakes I made and played some of the best poker I have ever played before today."

Kogel came into the final day as the chip leader and continued through to the final table where he eliminated seven of eight opponents. The final table dominance secured Kogel's third ring, which was a very emotional moment for him. Taking down over a quarter-million dollars to go along with it was rewarding as well.

"I didn't want to think about the money I was playing for," Kogel stated. "I mean a lot of people don't even make that kind of money in five or six years so to be able to make that in a weekend is pretty surreal."

Kogel added, "It feels amazing actually. I've been wanting it so bad, I have a lot of friends that have had a lot of success and big scores so I'm just really grateful, extremely grateful I was able to seize this wonderful opportunity I was given."

Main Event Final Table Results

1Nate KogelSan Antonio, Texas$256,915
2Jesus MartinezSan Antonio, Texas$158,793
3Maxwell YoungSeaside, Oregon$119,038
4Andrew BarfieldMt. Sterling, Illinois$90,085
5Dave AlfaLas Vegas, Nevada$68,829
6Marquis McCainTyler, Texas$53,097
7Lily KilettoKew Gardens, New York$41,363
8Mason ViethWindthrost, Texas$32,540
9Tim BurdenRochester, Kentucky$25,854

Final Day Action

The final day of the Main Event saw 17 players return from Day 2, each guaranteed at least a $13,799 payday. Play started with an early bust out after Ben Thompson flopped top-pair but ran into Kogel's overpair. Thompson turned a flush draw but couldn't connect on the river.

Two more eliminations would follow before the first level of the day was complete as Nick Olivares ran his pocket tens into Tim Burden's aces, followed by Damarjai Davenport missing an open-ended straight draw.

Players would continue to drop with Bill Burford (14th - $16,822), Eric Salazar (13th - $16,822), Kevin Eyster (12th - $20,749),Paul Richardson (11th - $20,749) and Robert Keeling (10th - $20,749) setting the stage for the final table.

Final Table Action

Once the final table was set, it took almost two full levels before the first body was dropped after Burden raised under the gun and Max Young jammed from middle position. Burden called holding a pair of jacks while Young held a suited ace-queen. It wasn't much of a sweat for Burden after Young flopped the nuts to send him home in ninth place.

The next elimination happened the first hand after players returned from break. Mason Vieth jammed for 3.3 million after Kogel opened under the gun. The call was made and Vieth held a pair of fishhooks. They were no good though as Kogel held cowboys to send him out in eighth place.

A few short hands later saw Lily Kiletto's exit after she jammed with queen-jack off and was called by Kogel holding an ace-five. Kiletto didn't receive any help from the runout and Kogel won with ace-high ending her tournament in seventh place.

Marquis McCain would be next after he called Young's shove with a pair while the latter held two overcards. It wasn't a good flop for McCain as Young flopped top pair. McCain picked up a straight draw on the turn, but unfortunately the river was no help and McCain as he was tripped up to bust in sixth place.

The next elimination happened a few hands after players returned from their dinner break. Dave Alfa jammed his pocket fours into Jesus Martinez, who held a pair of sixes. Alfa couldn't find another four and the former Choctaw Main Event Champion bowed out in fifth place for $68,829.

Following Alfa's exit was Andrew Barfield, who got his remaining stack in the middle holding ace-seven offsuit and was called by Kogel holding a made hand of threes. Barfield was unable to pair either of his overcards and was sent home in fourth place for $90,085.

A few hands later saw another former Choctaw Main Event Champion eliminated after Young three-bet jammed with pocket fives and was called by Kogel holding pocket sixes. Young couldn't find a third five and Kogel's final table dominance continued as Young took his exit in third place.

The heads-up battle began with Kogel holding over ninety percent of the chips in play and the first hand saw him add to that lead leaving Martinez very little room for error. It wasn't long before Martinez found himself all in holding ace-five and Kogel woke up with another made hand, this time holding a pair of queens. Kogel found another lady on the flop to give him a set leaving Martinez drawing to running cards. The turn brought some hope giving Martinez the flush draw, but the river was a blank sending him out in second place for $158,793.

Andrew Robinson
Casino champ Andrew Robinson.

Also finding success at the stop was Andrew Robinson, who finished as the Choctaw Casino Champion. The seven-time gold ring winner finished off the series with five cashes, three final table appearances, and 90 points to earn a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

WSOPC Choctaw Durant Ring Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 NLH Monster Stack765$252,450Cory Coffman$47,458
Event #2: $400 NLH Double Stack278$91,740Andrew Robinson$21,263
Event #3: $400 NLH898$296,340Neil Volaski$53,796
Event #4: $600 PLO154$79,310Matthew Laessig$20,773
Event #5: $400 NLH Bounty261$60,030Brandon Wilson$13,706
Event #6: $400 NLH Turbo255$84,150Jeff Hood$19,338
Event #7: $400 NHL Double Stack353$116,490James Duke$25,400
Event #8: $400 NLH 8-Handed209$68,970Melisa Singh$16,720
Event #9: $600 NLH248$127,720Kyle Birdwell$29,564
Event #10: $2,200 NLH High Roller108$216,000Gediminas Uselis$60,710
Event #11: $1,700 NLH Main Event983$1,489,245Nathanael Kogel$256,915
Event #12: $250 NLH494$100,000Rodney Spriggs$20,317
Event #13: $400 NLH Turbo289$95,370Michael Brown$21,832
$250 Ladies Event103$20,600Katherine Offutt$5,885
$250 Seniors Event #1334$66,800Frank Wyville$14,705
$250 Seniors Event #2385$77,000Scott Buller$16,395

That wraps it up for the live coverage of the $1,700 Main Event at Choctaw Durant but stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will be in Las Vegas WSOPC at Planet Hollywood bringing you all the updates from the $1,700 Main Event and $2,200 High Roller so keep it here.


Tags: Andrew BarfieldBenjamin ThompsonBill BurfordDamarjai DavenportDave AlfaEric SalazarJesus MartinezKevin EysterMarquis MccainMason ViethMaxwell YoungNate KogelNathanael KogelNick OlivaresPaul RichardsonRobert Keeling

Jesus Martinez Eliminated in 2nd Place ($158,793)

Tboss • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Jesus Martinez
Jesus Martinez

Jesus Martinez shoved on the button for roughly 3,000,000 in chips and Nathanael Kogel instantly called.

Jesus Martinez: {a-Spades}{5-Spades}
Nathanael Kogel: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}

Martinez ran into Kogel's pocket queens and the flop came {q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, giving Kogel a set of queens. The turn was the {j-Spades}, giving Martinez some hope with a straight draw but unfortunately for Martinez the river was the {j-Hearts}, giving Kogel a full house and Jesus Martinez was eliminated in 2nd Place for $158,793.

Nathanael Kogel us
Nathanael Kogel
us 29,490,000 2,800,000
Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us Busted

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Good Turn for Kogel

Tboss • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Nathanael Kogel raised on the button to 425,000 and Jesus Matinez defended.

The flop came {j-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Martinez check-called a bet of 410,000.

On the {k-Spades} turn Martinez check-called once again, this time for 820,000.

The {4-Spades} landed on the river and Martinez checked to Kogel for the third time and Kogel put in a stack of 100,000 chips for a total of 1,800,000. Martinez gave it serious thought and made the call. Kogel tabled {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} for top pair on the turn and Martinez mucked his hand.

Nathanael Kogel us
Nathanael Kogel
us 26,690,000 3,590,000
Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us 2,800,000 -3,100,000

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Maxwell Young Eliminated in 3rd Place ($119,038)

AnthonyThompson • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Maxwell Young
Maxwell Young

Nathanael Kogel opened for 425,000 and Maxwell Young jammed for 2,855,000 from the small blind. Jesus Martinez folded his big blind while Kogel called and the two players tabled their hands.

Maxwell Young: {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}
Nathanael Kogel: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}

Both players woke up with made hands but Kogel held the better of it and nothing changed after the {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{10-Hearts} runout sending the former Choctaw Main Event Champion home in thrid place.

Nathanael Kogel us
Nathanael Kogel
us 23,100,000 3,800,000
Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us 6,390,000 -165,000
Maxwell Young us
Maxwell Young
us Busted

Tags: Jesus MartinezMaxwell YoungNathanael Kogel

Andrew Barfield Eliminated in 4th Place ($90,085)

Tboss • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Andrew Barfield
Andrew Barfield

Nathanael Kogel raised under-the-gun to 425,000 and Andrew Barfield three-bet all-in from the button for 2,060,000 forcing Maxwell Young and Jesus Martinez to fold in the blind before Kogel made the call.

Andrew Barfield: {a-Spades}{7-Hearts}
Nathanael Kogel: {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}

It was a race and Barfield couldn't connect when the board ran out {10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} eliminating Andrew Barfield in 4th Place for $90,085.

Nathanael Kogel us
Nathanael Kogel
us 19,300,000 2,450,000
Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us 6,555,000 555,000
Maxwell Young us
Maxwell Young
us 3,450,000 50,000
Andrew Barfield us
Andrew Barfield
us Busted

Tags: Andrew BarfieldJesus MartinezMaxwell YoungNathanael Kogel

Dave Alfa Eliminated in 5th Place ($68,829)

AnthonyThompson • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Dave Alfa
Dave Alfa

Dave Alfa opened for 550,000 on the button and Jesus Martinez three-bet to 1,200,000 from the small blind. Action folded back round to Alfa who four-bet all in for not much more and was called by Martinez.

Dave Alfa: {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}
Jesus Martinez: {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}

Martinez had Alfa crushed and nothing changed after the {8-Spades}{a-Hearts}{q-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} runout sending Alfa out the door in fifth place.

Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us 6,000,000 1,195,000
Dave Alfa us
Dave Alfa
us Busted

Tags: Jesus MartinezDave Alfa


Dinner Break

AnthonyThompson • Level 31: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

The remaining five players are on their dinner break, action will resume in 60-minutes.