In such tournaments, it's the former World Poker Tour winners that are expected to win. Nobody thought an amateur poker player would have a shot at winning.
But Jason Brin did. An amateur poker player who owns a carpet store at De Soto Kansas, was declared as the first ever winner of WPT Choctaw. Brin managed to best a table of professional poker players, pocketing whooping $682, 975.
42 year old Brin, who is now a titleholder of a major poker title, topped 1,175 entrants and a final table loaded with champions, winning his first WPT title and taking home a prize of $682,975.
Brin is not the first carpet sale amateur to have won major poker events. In fact, he now joins the likes of Noel Furlong, the 1999 WSOP Main Event Champion.
Considering that Brin was overshadowed by the better known players at the final table, the result came as a surprise to many. What's more, he's one of the two shortest stacks remaining in contention at the final phase of the game.
So it's no wonder that the crowd is more interested on the two leaders, considering that Hwang and Darren Elias are no amateurs. In fact, Hwang was looking forward to winning his 2nd career WPT title. Elias, on the other hand, who sat second in chips, hoped to bag his 3rd WPT tournament in just less than a year.
But it was Brin who would get the coveted title instead.
"Oh boy, where to start?" wrote Brin excited on his Facebook page. "Sorry if I have not gotten back to you, I think my Facebook has crashed what better way is there of the League is the support from all of you. I melted when the last card landed."
Brin dedicated his surprising win to his late uncle Loren who, according to him, had taught him how to play the game in a kitchen table.