James Mackey became the champion of the World Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event on Tuesday after defeating Benjamin Zamani in the heads-up play. On the final hand, Mackey's pair of eights held up against Zamani's pocket fives after both players went all in pre-flop.
The $3,700 re-entry event attracted 1,066 players to Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma, USA, and MacKey received $681,758 and a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions for his first-place finish. He now has more than $3.5 million in lifetime earnings and only needs an EPT victory to complete poker's triple crown.
Season XV WPT Choctaw Final Table
1st: James Mackey - $681,758*
2nd: Benjamin Zamani - $412,234
3rd: Craig Varnell - $306,346
4th: Bastian Fischer - $230,300
5th: Jack Duong - $175,122
6th: Matthew Smith - $134,720
* First prize amount includes winner's $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.