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2018 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw Draws Record Turnout of 1,086 Entries

Largest Ever CPPT Choctaw Main Event Field Breaks $1 Million Guarantee

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With a final total of 1,086 entries, the 2018 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event surpassed its $1 million guarantee to create a final prize pool of $1,053,420. This is the largest ever CPPT main event held at Choctaw Casino & Resort in terms of field size, blowing away the previous record of 800 players set in 2012. The top 117 players will make the money, with a min-cash being worth $1,728 while the eventual champion will walk away with $192,242.

Day 1B drew 702 entries, up from 384 entries on day 1A. After a full day of action only 78 players remained. Combined with the 42 that made it through day 1A there will be 120 players returning at noon on Sunday, April 22 with 21:51 seconds remaining in level 18. That means that this event will resume with just three eliminations remaining until the money bubble bursts.

Roger FrancoRoger Franco bagged up 517,500 for the day 1B chip lead, with 2018 CPPT Blackhawk runner-up Alex Carmosino not far behind with 469,500. Jim Carroll from day 1A is still the overall chip leader with 676,000.

There are plenty of big names remaining in the field including Luke Stafford (311,000), Shawn Rice (298,000), Cord Garcia (243,000), Chris Staats (174,000), TJ Cloutier (169,500), Abraham Araya (126,000), David Pham (125,000), 2015 CPPT Choctaw main event champion Chan Pelton (125,000), Ebony Kenney (121,000) and Omar Zazay (97,000).

Some notables who hit the rail during day 1B included 2014 CPPT Choctaw main event champion Austin Lewis, reigning WSOP Circuit Choctaw main event champion Jason Strasser, 2017 WSOP Circuit Choctaw main event champion Daniel Lowery, 2016 WSOP Circuit Choctaw main event champion Andy Philachack and 2014 WSOP Circuit Choctaw main event champion Tyler Morris.

Here is a look at the chip counts for all the players returning for day 2:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Jim Carroll 676,000
2 Roger Franco 517,500
3 Alex Carmosino 469,500
4 Hyejung Kim 416,000
5 Brant Hale 400,500
6 Cory Smith 397,000
7 Luis Escamilla 376,000
8 Kurt Haiss 373,000
9 Sandeep Vasudenan 364,000
10 Scott Hansen 358,500
11 Casey Brown 343,500
12 Jon Bennett 338,000
13 Loe Hornbuckle 326,000
14 Luke Stafford 311,000
15 Shawn Rice 298,000
16 Tim Carter 298,000
17 Ryan White 295,000
18 Martin Saveedo 292,500
19 Stefan Williams 291,000
20 Justin Hutton 286,500
21 Julian Gilden 285,500
22 Joe Rogers 283,000
23 Shaun McBride 281,500
24 Pej Premo 278,000
25 Brenda Bassett 275,000
26 Schuyler Thornton 274,500
27 Sam Murphy 270,000
28 Jeremy Tinsley 256,000
29 Harris Cashen 255,000
30 Tim Gray 246,000
31 Cord Garcia 243,000
32 Liviu Gurau 239,500
33 Simon Webster 236,000
34 Dale McFarland 232,500
35 Thao Truong 228,500
36 Tyler Somen 227,500
37 Steve Seffense 225,500
38 Freddie Ardoin 225,000
39 Brian Green 223,000
40 Charlie Nguyen 222,500
41 Ryan Freeman 221,500
42 Randy Clements 215,000
43 Steve Sung 204,500
44 James Price 204,000
45 Brian Ray 194,000
46 James Henson 193,500
47 Steven Ritchie 192,000
48 John Merchant 190,000
49 Reggi Trotter 185,500
50 Bee Vue 180,000
51 Chris Staats 174,000
52 Kim Gonzalez 170,000
53 TJ Cloutier 169,500
54 Bill Donnelly 167,000
55 Toan Tran 159,000
56 Matt Batoon 159,000
57 Tim Acker 158,000
58 Rickie Merritt 153,000
59 James Placek 150,000
60 Mina Greco 149,000
61 Steven Braverman 141,000
62 Kasrt Knadaya 140,500
63 Nenad Zbilijic 135,000
64 Eric Thompson 131,000
65 Lawrence Masi 130,000
66 Jeff Newman 129,500
67 Todd Dreyer 129,000
68 Dan Cooke 127,000
69 Anthony Howell 126,000
70 Abraham Araya 126,000
71 Trevor Hastings 125,500
72 David Pham 125,000
73 Chan Pelton 125,000
74 Bart Bogard 123,000
75 Billy Sasin 122,500
76 Ebony Kenney 121,000
77 Anthony Cortez 120,500
78 Wayne Keller 120,000
79 James Shaw 118,500
80 Justin Ford 112,500
81 Charles Belcher 112,500
82 Marcelo Campon 110,000
83 Justin Kruger 110,000
84 Adam Gonzales 105,000
85 Todd Breyfogle 102,000
86 Casey Dierier 101,000
87 Cristobal Romano 100,000
88 Brian Davis 99,500
89 Clyde Hinton 98,000
90 Omar Zazay 97,000
91 Justin Bore 96,000
92 Amir Kaikhah 93,000
93 John Song 91,500
94 Jim Fuller 90,000
95 Rees Scruggs 88,000
96 Brian Borne 86,000
97 David Shaw 85,500
98 John Short 80,000
99 Lee Abramson 78,500
100 Gil George 67,500
101 Seneca Easley 66,500
102 Sam Von Kennel 66,000
103 Mike Raynor 65,000
104 Albert Alvarez 62,500
105 Tracy Manning 60,500
106 Vie Vysosias 59,000
107 Jason Royman 58,000
108 Ben Mintz 57,500
109 Edward Welch 50,000
110 Rajiv Patel 46,500
111 Brenda Clayton 45,000
112 James Hebert 43,000
113 Todd Nichols 43,000
114 Dean Baranowski 42,500
115 Nathaniel Kogel 41,500
116 Susan Couron 36,000
117 Dan Heimiller 33,500
118 Robert Krolczyk 32,000
119 Estevan Trevino 30,500
120 Kevin Duddleston 20,000