Choctaw Casino Resort was the latest stop of the prestigious World Series of Poker Tour (WSOP) Circuit, which has introduced for the first time in 2005. More than a decade later, the WSOP Circuit is one of the most long-anticipated poker events. Last year, the sponsors of the event announced that their 2017/18 Circuit schedule includes 26 stops at various casinos throughout the United States. Following the announcement, many poker enthusiasts started to pack their suitcase, ready to travel the length and breadth of the country, hunting for a WSOP-branded piece of gold.
Traveling the poker circuit is not an easy task, but winning a trophy is the real achievement. Jason Strasser can tell you all about it as the poker pro collected his second gold ring, $332,589 first-place prize and a seat in the 2018 Global Casino Championship. This latest victory pushed his live tournament earnings to $988,883. The player topped a packed field of 1,249 entries to add yet another notch to his belt.
Looking at the Player’s Career and His Latest Achievement
Back in the days, the player had the reputation of the best no-limit hold’em players in the world. He dedicated to his poker career after graduating from Duke. Eventually, the player chose a new career path away from the poker tables and invested in his own hedge fund. However, Strasser made a splash in WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event.
The American poker player demonstrated that he is still an accomplished poker player, who knows how to navigate his way to the victory. The 33-year-old player shared that he plays for fun, but not for the money. In a post-victory interview, he told the reporters that the three-handed battle was the most contested battle, which lasted for 142 hands. He shared that the competition is tougher nowadays.
In only 80 hands, the number of the poker players was narrowed from 9 to just 3. The highly-contested three-handed play involved Jason Strasser, Krzysztof Stybaniewicz and Viet Vo. Even though the three of them demonstrated faultless strategy on the poker arena, Viet Vo was the player to leave the tournament in 3rd place for $151,248. The eventual winner was heads-up against Krzysztof Stybaniewicz, who has a collection of 2 gold gold pieces of jewelry. The story of Stybaniewicz is one of a missed chance to add yet another trophy to his collection. He played the mouse to Strasser’s cat and pocketed $206,085 for his runner-up finish.