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Native American Casino Poker Tour Choctaw -- Day 1 Recap

Bobby McClelland Leads Remaining 51 Players

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Choctaw DurantA total of 324 players put up the $1,000 buy-in for Card Player’s Native American Casino Poker Tour Main Event on Saturday, making the inaugural event at Choctaw Durant a great success. While the field was mostly comprised of local players from Oklahoma and Texas, the pros came out as well.

Among the notables in the field were T.J. Cloutier, Dennis Phillips, Adam Geyer, Allen Carter, Tommy Vedes, La Sengphet, John “Tex” Barch, Mario Silvestri, Gregg Merkow, Brandon Terry and Clint Tolbert. Of those players, only Carter made it through the day, finishing up with 51,000 near the bottom of the pack.

Carter, a former World Poker Tour champion, will have his work cut out for him on Sunday as he battles the other 50 players who survived the first day of play. Among those who excelled on Saturday was Bobby McClelland, Jeremy Vaughn, Sebastian Tejada, Jason Simon and Seneca Easley.

Those fortunate to make the final table will not only be fighting for the lion’s share of the $290,681 prize pool, but they’ll also be shown on Card Player TV’s live stream which will feature guest commentary from Dennis Phillips.

The winner of the tournament will go home with $68,309, but they’ll also get their photo placed on the cover of an upcoming issue of Card Player Magazine. You can watch all the action on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. CST as the field plays down to a champion.

Here’s a look at the full overnight chip counts.

Player Name Chip Count
Bobby McClelland 313,500
Jeremy Vaughn 311,000
Sebastian Tejada 266,500
Jason Simon 179,000
Seneca Easley 171,000
David Hadley 163,500
Gebrehiwet Goitem 154,000
Zachary Donovan 149,500
Reggi Trotter 145,000
Kirk Stewart 137,000
Michael Cooper 135,000
Bruce Van Horn 122,500
Jiansheng Li 117,000
Jarett Nash 107,000
Joe Siedlik 103,500
David Kruger 101,500
Vartan Tonian 98,500
Michael Herzog 98,000
Rodney Bridge 95,000
Brett Rager 92,000
Martin Tyson 90,000
Greg Hyman 88,500
Brandon Vise 87,500
Dennis Myers 87,500
Scott Frost 84,000
Jason Garder 84,000
Quan Nguyen 80,000
Chris Conry 79,500
Austin Held 75,500
Bryce Miller 72,500
Whitney Blanton 71,500
Mark Tibbs 70,500
Shane Howeth 66,000
Tamper Wheeler 61,000
Jackmen Hy 57,500
David Solomon 55,000
Vance Moss 53,500
Steve Myers 52,500
Tim Widowski 51,000
Allen Carter 51,000
Adrian Figueroa 44,000
Dan Barnett 44,000
Daniel Pellard 43,500
Samuel Driver 43,000
Raymond Speck 42,500
Della Jones 39,000
Gil George 36,000
Jeff Hoffman 27,000
Tommy Ackerman 22,500
Dori Coyle 18,000
Jerimiah Nix 12,500