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By day, he’s an oilfield engineer. On the weekends, he likes to dabble in poker. His dabbling pays off, as Jonathan Poche has won the WSOP Circuit Hard Rock Tulsa Main Event to earn over $216,000 and his second gold ring.
The $1,675 NLHE tournament saw 721 descend on the Hard Rock Tulsa, but Poche would outlast them all. He had previously won the WSOP Circuit Regional Championship in Harrah’s New Orleans back in 2011, raking in a little more than $121,017 and his first gold ring. The Louisiana native doesn’t consider himself a professional player, but he certainly has shown that he can hang with the best.
With ten players remaining on the last day, Poche was sitting in sixth position. After a couple of quick eliminations, Poche took out Michael Horchoff in seventh place to build a comfortable chip stack. As more players were sent to the rail, the 36-year-old found himself in a showdown with Chad Smith, who maintained a slight chip advantage. Poche, however, took the lead and cruised his way to a 4-to-1 chip advantage.
The final hand saw Poche sitting in the big blind spot when Smith raised pre-flop with AK. It was a nominal call for Poche who was holding a suited 9-2. After the board awarded him with a 2 on both the river and the turn, and proceeded to move all-in after the river. Smith called, despite not having even a pair, and was relegated to a second-place finish for $133,349.