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The WSOPC Choctaw Main Event proved to be a magnet for players from around the U.S. 893 entries were recorded for the $1,700 NLHE event, but the victory would ultimately go to Oregonian Max Young. With the win, he picked up his fifth WSOPC gold ring and a nice pot worth $263,815.
Young now has over $1.1 million in lifetime live winnings. It was the largest cash of his career and his fifth title of the year. He has made 18 final table appearances in 2018, earning $541,286 since January. In the Card Player Player of the Year race, he now sits in 29th place.
Following his victory, Young told reporters from the WSOP, “I had set really high goals for myself this year and I’d gotten about halfway there. I didn’t think I had a chance, but I’m always going to try and I just reached all of them… Every year I’ve played it’s been better than the one before. So that’s kind of always my goal.”
The turnout easily pushed the $1 million guarantee to $1.35 million and the final 91 players all took home some cash. Young started strong on the final day, registering the fourth-highest chip count and working his magic from there.
Going into the final heads-up battle against Jared Hemingway, Young was the underdog. He had 11.4 million chips to Hemingway’s 15.3 million, but this didn’t stop him. He took the lead and soon forced Hemingway to go all in. Looking at A-9 of diamonds against his opponents pocket deuces, Young would score two 9s on the flop for the set. Hemingway didn’t find any help and would take home $163,024 as the tournament’s runner-up.