The World Series of Poker Circuit is played throughout the year and the latest of the season’s total of 26 stops was the WSOPC Hard Rock (Tulsa, Oklahoma) tournament series. The series was contested at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and concluded on 26th March 2018.
Jonathan Poche from Youngsville, Louisiana, took home top honours at this WSOPC series, winning the $1,675 buy-in Main Event, securing his second ever WSOP ring and going home $216,307 richer. Poche started his career with a WSOPC New Orleans win in 2011 and has now won his second tournament 7 years later.
That New Orleans event was the first and only time he got to a 6-figure score in live tournament poker, until his win at Hard Rock, Tulsa. This biggest poker win has taken his career live earnings to nearly $650k, after beating a massive field of 721 entries to win the title.
The $1 million guaranteed prizepool event slightly crossed the guarantee and paid out a total of 81 players, and Poche had to beat a couple of pros to get to his second WSOPC title. Ultimately, it was Chad Smith from Dallas, Texas, who reached heads up with Poche and the latter dominated heads up play all throughout.
Finally, Poche completed trip deuces while Smith called with A-K and ended up losing the last pot. However, Smith wouldn’t have been too disappointed, as this was the first time he crossed a score of $100k, cashing $133,349 for second place and doubling his lifetime live poker winnings.
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