arrived in the WPT Choctaw final table in Durant, Oklahoma, with the smallest stack but still had dreams of linking Darren Elias as the sole four-time World Poker Tour champions. But instead it was Brady Holiman walking off with the Hublot trophy and $469,185.
Zinno, among the very best players in the world over the last few years, busted in 5th place ($125,630) when Holiman’s river two-outer (queen to make trips) cracked his aces-up.
Although he did not tie Elias for the all-time WPT titles record that was set in May in the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic in Las Vegas, Zinno can take solace in the fact he’s crushed it this summer.
In July, he scooped a $5,225 event in the Venetian DeepStacks for $466,670 and made two WSOP final tables in June. Coming in 4th in Choctaw isn’t the same as winning the title but it’s another cash on his already impressive tournament resume which currently exceeds $8.1 million lifetime.
Zinno’s WPT genius started in the 2013-2014 season with a title in the Borgata Poker Open. The following year, he won two WPT championships — LA Poker Classic and Fallsview Poker Classic — to become the Season XIII Player of the Year.
A New WPT Champion
Brady Holiman, a Texan, had less than $40,000 in life tournament winnings prior to buying into the $3,700 WPT Choctaw. With 755 entries, many of whom are among the top tournament pros in the world including Zinno, he would need some rungood just to cash in this event.
He got more rungood than he could have imagined. Heading into the final table, he held a enormous chip lead with six players remaining.
At the final table, which lasted just four hours, he never relinquished that lead and was virtually unstoppable. Holiman eliminated four of the final five bust outs.
WPT Choctaw Final Table Results
1 Brady Holiman ($466,670)
two Viet Vo ($302,725)
3 Christopher Smith ($223,370)
4 Tony Ruberto ($166,605)
5 Anthony Zinno ($125,630)
6 Timothy Domboski ($95,780)
Zinno and Ruberto were the lone past WPT champions at the final table. Holiman now also belongs to the WPT Champions Club and has a place in the season-ending Tournament of Champions in the spring.
What’s Up Next?
WPT Choctaw was the second Main Tour event of the 2018-2019 season. Simon Lam took down the Gardens Poker Festival last month for $565,055.
There is a month-long break from the activity prior to the Borgata Poker Open on Sept. 16 in Atlantic City. Immediately after that championship finishes, championship grinders will head across the Baltimore for the WPT Maryland at Live Casino on Sept. 21.