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Buy-In: $1,000 + $100
Prize Pool: $1,053,420
Entrants: 1086

$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em $1 Million GTD

  • Apr 20, '18 - Apr 22, '18


Updates on Day 2 (Apr 22, 18)


Brad Freeman Wins CPPT Choctaw Main Event!

The 2018 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event wrapped up early Monday morning in Durant, Oklahoma. After three action-packed days of play, Brad Freeman sat with all the chips at the end for a first-place prize of $170,984.

The 29-year-old from Spring, Texas used to play professionally, but now works as a production coordinator. His previous best score was $23,400 for a seventh-place showing in last year’s Potomac Poker Open.

Schuyler ThorntonSchuyler Thornton, who nearly made it through 14 hours of play on day 1A before busting just shy of the end of the night, came back on day 1B to bag a stack and run it all the way to a second-place finish. The two players made a deal during heads-up play, locking up $140,000 and playing for the difference.

The main event drew 1,086 entries, which generated a prize pool of $1,053,420. The turnout surpassed the numbers needed to meet the $1 million guarantee, as the tournament was the largest ever CPPT main event held at Choctaw Casino & Resort. Day 1B drew 702 entries, up from 384 entries on day 1A. Only 120 players survived to day 2.

The money bubble burst quickly into the second day of action. Notables who made the money included David Pham (8th), T.J. Cloutier (12th), Shawn Rice (16th), Brian Green (20th), Ben Mintz (21st), Chan Pelton (25th), Ebony Kenney (27th), Cord Garcia (43rd), Dan Heimiller (54th), Mina Greco (65th).

Here’s a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Prize POY Points
1 Brad Freeman $170,984* 960
2 Schuyler Thornton $140,000* 800
3 Brenda Bassett 88,234 640
4 Stefan Williams 66,365 480
5 Alex Carmosino 50,533 420
6 Casey Brown 38,934 360
7 Nenad Zbiljic 30,349 300
8 David Pham 23,923 240
9 Pej Premo 19,067 180

*Based on a deal made heads-up.

Player Tags: Brad Freeman

Schuyler Thornton Eliminated In Second Place ($140,000)

Schuyler Thornton raised all-in from the button for about 12 big blinds and Brad Freeman made the call from the big blind with pocket fives.

Thornton held KHeart Suit4Spade Suit and needed help to survive, but the board ran out ADiamond SuitQHeart SuitJSpade Suit3Club Suit6Spade Suit to give the pot and the title to Freeman.

After a deal made during heads-up play, Thornton will walk away with $140,000. Freeman earns $170,984 for taking down the tournament.

Player Tags: Brad Freeman,   Schuyler Thornton

Thornton Doubles, Still Short

Thornton just doubled up when his KHeart Suit7Diamond Suit outran Freeman’s AClub Suit6Diamond Suit. The board brought two kings, and Thornton is now back up to 4,500,000, down more than 4:1.


Level 36

The blinds are now up to 150,000-300,000 with a 50,000 ante.


Freeman Closing In

Freeman limped the button and Thornton raised to 825,000. Freeman called and the flop was 10Heart Suit5Diamond Suit2Spade Suit. Thornton bet 550,000 and Freeman called.

The turn was the 8Spade Suit and Thornton checked. Freeman bet 1,150,000 and Thornton raised to 3,350,000. Freeman then moved all-in, and Thornton quickly folded.

Thornton was left with 4,200,000, while Freeman is up to 17,400,000.


Brad Freeman Doubles

Schuyler Thornton raised to 600,000 and Brad Freeman moved all-in from the big blind for 4,625,000. Thornton called with AHeart Suit4Heart Suit, but he was behind to Freeman’s pocket kings.

The board ran out 7Diamond Suit5Club Suit2Club Suit10Heart Suit10Club Suit and Freeman doubled up to nearly even the match.

Player Tags: Brad Freeman,   Schuyler Thornton

Brenda Bassett Eliminated In Third

Brenda BassettBrenda Basset was all in for her last few hundred thousand with 6-2 off suit and was called by both her opponents. Brad Freeman flopped an ace and sent Bassett to the rail.

The chip counts going into heads-up play were:

Schuyler Thornton: 12.03m
Brad Freeman: 9.615m

The players made a deal. Both were locking up $140,000 each and playing for the rest of the remaining prize pool, $30,984.

Player Tags: Brenda Bassett

Schuyler Thornton Doubles Through And Cripples Brenda Bassett

Brenda Bassett raised to 525,000 on the button and Schuyler Thornton called from the small blind. The flop came 8Heart Suit4Heart Suit3Heart Suit and Thornton checked.

Bassett bet 525,000 and Thornton called. The turn was the JClub Suit and Thornton checked again. Bassett bet 525,000 again, and this time Thornton moved all-in. Bassett took about a minute before calling with 9Diamond Suit9Club Suit, but she was already drawing dead to Thornton’s 10Heart Suit9Heart Suit.

The river was the 6Heart Suit and the stacks were counted down. Thornton was all-in for 5,035,000, and Bassett had her covered by just 225,000.


Brad Freeman Fights Back

Schuyler Thornton raised to 500,000 and was three-bet by Brad Freeman in the small blind to 1,060,000. Thornton called, and the flop came JHeart Suit9Spade Suit6Spade Suit.

Freeman checked, and Thornton bet 800,000. Freeman called and the turn was the 4Club Suit. Both players checked, and Freeman bet 850,000 when the 10Club Suit hit the river.

Thornton called, and mucked when he saw Freeman’s 10Diamond Suit9Heart Suit for two pair. Thornton is now down to 7,500,000, while Freeman is up to 10,000,000.


Chip Counts

Here are the chip counts for our final three:

Schuyler Thornton: 8.9 million
Brenda Bassett: 7.3 million
Brad Freeman: 5.5 million

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