Jonathan Poche wins WSOP Circuit New Orleans
While the world of online poker has been closed to countless Americans, the most recent World Series of Poker Circuit event has ended in New Orleans with Jonathan Poche picking up the gold ring and $121,017, as well as a WSOPC National Championship seat for next week’s tournament in Las Vegas, after seeing off 381 rivals.
Louisiana’s Poche beat fellow American Bobby Toye, who hails from New Orleans, in a heads-up scrap in the $1,500 no-limit hold’em event as his massive chip lead held strong after a badly timed all-in by Toye.
Toye shoved with J-8 on the button, but was unhappy to see 28-year-old Poche’s eights. With the board failing to improve either player’s hand, Toye was left as runner-up to collect $74,783.
This was Poche’s biggest pay day from his first important live victory as he dominated the final table by eliminating Josh Evans, Scott Zakheim, William Payne and Toye.
Beginning the final table sixth in chips, Poche didn’t actually love into the chip lead until close to the finish after getting his chips in with the best hand every time. In fact, he only once did not possess a pocket pair when shoving.
Final table payouts:
1. Jonathan Poche – $121,017
2. Robert Toye – $74,783
3. Josh Evans – $54,644
4. Todd Wood – $40,573
5. Scott Zakheim – $30,595
6. Jacob Bazeley – $23,416
7. William Payne – $18,185
8. Matthew Waxman – $14,324
9. James McBride – $11,441