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Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw $1 Million Guarantee Main Event Day 1A Draws 384 Entries

Day 1B Begins At Noon Local Time On Saturday


The Card Player Poker Tour main event at the Choctaw Casino & Resort kicked off Friday at noon local time with 384 entries turning out for the $1,100 buy-in tournament. There’s a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, and players begin with a deep 20,000-chip stack.

Day 1b action begins at noon local time in Durant, Oklahoma on Saturday, so there’s still plenty of time to enter and compete for the seven-figure prize pool. There will also be satellite seats available Saturday for those looking to win an entry for a smaller investment of $240.

Registration for the final starting day closes at the start of level 13, which will be around 9:45 p.m. CDT. Card Player’s live reporting team is on site for live coverage.

Poker players in the area should head over to the Choctaw Casino & Resort for a chance to compete for the seven-figure prize pool. The tournament needs more than 1,000 players in order for there not to be an overlay.

Play moved steadily along on Day 1a, with the entrants playing a full 18 levels prior to stopping play for the evening. The players enjoyed levels 40 minutes in length, and when the dust settled the chip leader at the end of the day was Texan Jim Caroll, who added a bunch of chips near the end of the evening.

Here is a look at the surviving 42 players from day 1A.

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Jim Carroll 676,000
2 Hyejung Kim 416,000
3 Cory Smith 397,000
4 Sandeep Vasudenan 364,000
5 Jon Bennett 338,000
6 Loe Hornbuckle 326,000
7 Shawn Rice 298,000
8 Ryan White 295,000
9 Stefan Williams 291,000
10 Joe Rogers 283,000
11 Pej Premo 278,000
12 Tim Gray 246,000
13 Freddie Ardoin 225,000
14 Randy Clements 215,000
15 John Merchant 190,000
16 Chris Staats 174,000
17 Toan Tran 159,000
18 Matt Batoon 159,000
19 Tim Acker 158,000
20 Rickie Merritt 153,000
21 Steven Braverman 141,000
22 Nenad Zbilijic 135,000
23 Lawrence Masi 130,000
24 Todd Dreyer 129,000
25 Dan Cooke 127,000
26 Anthony Howell 126,000
27 Abraham Araya 126,000
28 Bart Bogard 123,000
29 Wayne Keller 120,000
30 Adam Gonzales 105,000
31 Casey Dierier 101,000
32 Justin Bore 96,000
33 Amir Kaikhah 93,000
34 Jim Fuller 90,000
35 Brian Borne 86,000
36 Sam Von Kennel 66,000
37 Mike Raynor 65,000
38 Jason Royman 58,000
39 Brenda Clayton 45,000
40 James Hebert 43,000
41 Susan Couron 36,000
42 Robert Krolczyk 32,000

The Card Player Poker Tour is nearing the conclusion of a 62-event series at the beautiful Choctaw Casino & Resort. This is the fifth time that the CPPT has made an appearance at Choctaw Casino, which is a little more than an hour away from the Dallas metropolitan area and home to some of the best poker action in the country. The series officially began on April 5 and wraps up with the final table of the main event on April 22.

About Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant

Inside the casino, patrons are treated to an exceptional gaming experience with more than 4,000 slot machines, and table games including three card poker, black jack, let it ride, ultimate Texas hold’em, pai gow, mini baccarat, roulette and craps.

The action heats up daily and nightly in the poker room, a 30-table private lounge located on its own exclusive floor away from the hustle and bustle of the main casino. The room includes its own dedicated staff and guest services agents who work to ensure an enjoyable experience for all players. And now, if you play in the poker room for more than five hours, you’ll earn a free buffet, or a $10 food comp to one of Choctaw’s restaurants.

To stay, guests can choose from the Choctaw Grand Tower, Spa Tower, the Choctaw Inn, the Choctaw Lodge or the Choctaw RV Park. The Grand Tower and Spa Tower capture all the excitement and entertainment closest to the casino floor with luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. Guests have access to the pools, business center and fitness and wellness center, free in-room Wi-Fi and in-room coffee service. The Choctaw Inn offers an inviting, cozy environment with access to all of the casino’s amenities.

The Choctaw Lodge is just a short shuttle ride down the road and offers 24-hour front desk service, business services and a complimentary breakfast buffet. Guests traveling with pets will also find animal-friendly amenities at the Choctaw Lodge. Guests who prefer their own accommodations can opt to stay at the Choctaw RV Park, a Kampgrounds of America (KOA) park near the casino. Each RV location includes a covered table and grill, nearby gathering spaces, a pool, shows and beverage center.

When it’s time to get away from the glare of the casino lights, Choctaw Casino & Resort proudly offers The District, a family-friendly entertainment facility that features a four-auditorium movie theater, a sports bar and food court, a 3,600-sq. ft. arcade, and a 20-lane bowling center. The property also features the Grand Theater, which this year will play host to acts such as Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Foreigner, Huey Lewis and the News, Gabriel Iglesias, Big & Rich, Sugarland, Kenny Loggins, Miranda Lambert and many more.

After working up an appetite, Choctaw has some of the best dining options in the region with 1832 Steakhouse, Bamboo Noodle Bar, Gilley’s, Brews. Brats. Bologna., and Butterfields Buffet. Those looking for more casual fare will enjoy favorites like Papa John’s Pizza, Jackpot Java, Smashburger, and Subway.