For the last eight years, when Jay Lee wasn’t at the poker table, you could find him working as a Chinese food delivery driver in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Tonight, after his outstanding performance at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, Lee delivered on a lifelong dream and will be bringing home $593,173.
Lee defeated James “Jeb” Hutton to win the Season XVI WPT Choctaw Main Event, topping a field of 924 entries to win his first World Poker Tour title.
“It’s amazing,” Lee said after the win, struggling to find words in the moment. “Amazing… Cooler hands, after cooler hands, but you know it’s a great feeling. A lot of ups and downs, and a lot of happy at the end. I’m glad I did it.”
In addition to the $593,173 top prize, Lee also won a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions and a luxurious Hublot Big Bang Steel watch.
Lee entered heads-up play against Hutton after he took out Josh Kay in third place. Lee spiked a queen on the flop with the As Qc against the Kc for Kay, and he held from there. Entering heads-up play, Lee held 16.65 million in chips to Hutton’s 10.95 million.
Ten hands after heads-up play began, it was all over. On the final hand, with the blinds at 125,000-250,000 with a 25,000 ante, Hutton raised to 550,000 on the button. Lee called, and the duo took a flop of Jd 4d 4c. Both checked, and the dealer added the 7s to the board on the turn. Again, both players checked.
The river was the 9d, and Lee led with a bet of 750,000. Hutton put in a raise to 2 million, and then Lee three-bet shoved for more than 19 million, having Hutton well covered. Hutton had a little over 5 million behind and made the call with the Qd2d for a diamond flush that he made on the river. Much to Hutton’s surprise, Lee had flopped a full house with the Jh4h and it was all over.
Final Table Results:-
1. Jay Lee – $593,173
2. James “Jeb” Hutton – $366,895
3. Josh Kay – $270,801
4. Michael Stashin – $202,617
5. Paul Fisher – $153,508
6. Eric Bunch – $117,761