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The Card Player Poker Tour (CPPT Big Poker Oktober Main Event wrapped up yesterday following some heavy-hitting action at the final table. Overcoming a field of 524 entries, Californian poker player Steve Jun emerged victorious, taking the title and a top prize of $149,733. Prior to the windfall, he had only earned $4,300 in four years, according to Hendon Mob.
As the final day of action got underway, Jun was in ninth place. He didn’t provide a stellar performance, just barely surviving all the way through to the final table. However, he was able to stay ahead of several poker pros, including Massoud “Mike” Eskandari and Jordan Cristos, who fell in 11th and 15th, respectively.
Jun picked up steam late in the day when he took out Adam Geyer in 10th place. He then kept the pressure on by sending Eric Jeffries to the rail when he scored pocket rockets against Geyer’s pocket 8s. It was all uphill for Jun from there.
He continued to improve his position and sealed his lead when he took down Jim Collopy. Both had scored a set of Aces, but Jun’s K kicker forced Collopy out of the game.
Jun faced off against Duey Duong in the final heads-up showdown. Holding pocket Kings, the temptation to call was too much for Duong, who was looking at A-J. They teased each other re-raises before Duong moved all-in, to which Jun quickly responded. The board ran out with no Aces, giving Jun the win and Duong $97,000 as runner-up.