Quan Tran Wins WSOPC Choctaw Durant ($336,412); $4.6 Million in Prize Money Awarded

The 2021/2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit recently wrapped up its latest stop at Oklahoma’s Choctaw Durant. Through 13 numbered events plus a $250 Seniors tournament, the series catered to a combined 8,399 entrants and awarded $4,623,530 in prize money.

The stop was bookended with notable storylines. In Event #2: $600 NLH The Gargantuan, John Fagg of Evansville, Indiana topped a 2,130-entry field to claim a $156,041 top prize and his second gold ring.

“Oh, this one is bigger… This one’s bigger for sure,” said Fagg, comparing his recent triumph to his debut gold ring run. “It’s just been a while. I haven’t been playing live poker at all, in the last several years; Been playing online mostly.”

At the end of the series, Missouri’s Rodney Spriggs laid claim to his third career ring after besting a 159-entry field in Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty, good for $11,428.

“There were some very good players there at the final table,” stated the 55-year-old Spriggs, who works as CEO of Vintage Stock. “The guy I was heads up against is a pretty strong cash game player and he’ll gamble a little bit… When somebody is a little bit of a loose cannon… it definitely made it more difficult.”

Rodney Spriggs
Rodney Spriggs wins his third gold ring.

Quan Tran Takes Down Main Event

The stop culminated with the $1,700 Main Event, a tournament that attracted 1,411 entries and awarded a $2,137,665 prize pool to the top 213 finishers. Among those to make deep runs were Max Young (39th – $6,142), Matt Bond (25th – $11,285), Matthew Wantman (15th – $23,828), Hayden Fortini (4th – $121,449), and Jessica Vierling (3rd – $158,286).

In heads-up play, which lasted just one hand, Quan Tran defeated Raul Garza to claim the title for $336,412 and his first gold ring in what was just his third poker tournament ever.

“I feel amazing and overwhelmed at the same time,” Tran said after his victory. “This was my third Circuit event ever and since the first one it has been a dream of mine to win a ring and become a WSOP Circuit Main Event winner.”

The 48-year-old champion added: “It’s a very kind of special to begin this Vietnamese new year off with being able to have my picture hanging from the banner for everyone to see my face.”

WSOPC Choctaw Durant Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Quan Tran Dallas, Texas $336,412
2 Raul Garza Alton, Texas $207,928
3 Jessica Vierling Seattle, Washington $158,286
4 Hayden Fortini Vero Beach, Florida $121,449
5 Nathan Steuer N/A $93,926
6 Jonathan Bennett Broken Arrow, Oklahoma $73,224
7 Rick Alvarado Ontario, Canada $57,547
8 Justin Coliny Wentzville, Missouri $45,595
9 Richard Bennett Coppell, Texas $36,423

WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Ring Winners

John Fagg
John Fagg took down Event #2.
*Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown/Country Prize*          
Event #1: $250 NLH Monster Stack 943 $188,600 Brent Boganovecz Alva, OK $31,801          
Event #2: $600 NLH The Gargantuan 2,130 $1,096,950 John Fagg Evansville, IN $156,041          
Event #3: $400 Congress (5-Card PLO High-Low) 299 $98,670 Michael Buddle Williamsburg, MO $22,445          
Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 441 $145,530 Garrett Patrick Snowmass, CO $28,985          
Event #5: $400 NLH Double Stack 465 $153,450 Shawn Sparls Jay, OK $30,200          
Event #6: $400 NLH Bounty 284 $79,520 Lori Gansel Georgetown, TX $17,349          
$250 Seniors NLH 491 $98,200 Paula Zingelmann Belton, TX $19,052          
Event #7: $400 NLH 6-Handed 306 $100,980 James Cordray Fort Worth, TX $22,851          
Event #8: $400 NLH 600 $198,000 James Traber Edmond, OK $36,443          
Event #9: $1,700 Main Event 1,411 $2,137,665 Quan Tran Dallas, TX $336,412          
Event #10: $250 NLH 358 $71,600 Deanna Alaniz Celina, TX $15,114          
Event #11: $400 NLH 291 $96,030 Jimmy Lujan San Antonio, TX $20,834          
Event #12: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha 221 $113,815 Daphne Turner McKinney, TX $26,501          
Event #13: $400 NLH Bounty 159 $44,520 Rodney Spriggs Joplin, MO $11,428          

The WSOP Circuit continues now at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California. PokerNews will offer a full recap of the stop upon its completion.

*Images courtesy of the WSOP.


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