World Series of Poker® Circuit Event Brings Over 22,000 Players to Choctaw Casino Resort

Fourth WSOP Circuit event in Durant breaks records and pays out $5,818,600 in total prizes

DURANT, Okla.--()--Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., home to an upscale, exclusive 30 table poker lounge, hosted over 22,000 players in the fourth World Series of Poker® (WSOP) Circuit event from Jan. 2-20 as part of the official 2013-2014 WSOP Circuit Tour. The circuit, which featured 12 WSOP ring events, resulted in $5,818,600 in total prizes, including a $2,142,000 Main Event prize pool.

On the final day of the tournament, Tyler Morris, a resident of Tyler, Texas rose above 1,428 players to collect the Main Event Championship first prize of $369,503 in the fourth largest Main Event in Circuit history. Along with the Main Event winnings, Morris also earned a WSOP Main Event ring and an automatic berth to the National Championship.

The Choctaw Casino Resort WSOP Circuit stop also broke another record this year when Austin-area resident and recreational poker player Chris Bowen won the second largest event in the WSOP Circuit’s 10-year history. Bowen beat out 2,867 players and turned his $365 buy-in into more than $122,000. Bowen also won Casino Champion based on tournament points and will be heading to the National Championship as well.

“We are happy to have hosted a record-breaking fourth World Series of Poker Circuit event here at Choctaw Casino Resort,” said James Box, poker room manager. “We look forward to welcoming a variety of poker players with varying levels of experience each year for the Circuit event, and we’re happy to offer players in the region a professional poker tournament event with the respected name of the World Series of Poker.”

Final table results from the WSOP Circuit event at Choctaw Casino Resort:

  • First Place: Tyler Morris – $369,503
  • Second Place: Shelby Penka – $229,194
  • Third Place: Clyde Walters – $167,954
  • Fourth Place: Preston Harwell – $127,685
  • Fifth Place: Jeffrey Gibralter – $97,204
  • Sixth Place: Joshua Evans – $74,863
  • Seventh Place: Jesse Capps – $58,327
  • Eighth Place: Michael Sanders – $45,967
  • Ninth Place: Julie Walker – $36,650

The WSOP Circuit event at Choctaw Casino Resort is the only Oklahoma/North Texas regional event, drawing a large population of poker enthusiasts from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to Dallas/Fort Worth and beyond.

About Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla.

The AAA Four Diamond Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, includes 330 hotel rooms, a natatorium, fitness center, business center, full-service spa and three retail outlets. In addition, there are five restaurants, a 175-seat amphitheater, and 110,000 square feet of gaming space, including over 3,500 slot machines, 30 poker tables and 48 table games. For more information, visit www.ChoctawCasinos.com/Durant.aspx, “Like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChoctawResort or follow us on Twitter at @ChoctawResort.

Contacts

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Anna Lindsey, 512-745-5959
Public Relations Manager
alindsey@mosak.com
or
Choctaw Casinos
Arlene Alleman, 580-931-2700
Corporate Director of Marketing
arlene.alleman@choctawcasinos.com

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Contacts

MOSAK
Anna Lindsey, 512-745-5959
Public Relations Manager
alindsey@mosak.com
or
Choctaw Casinos
Arlene Alleman, 580-931-2700
Corporate Director of Marketing
arlene.alleman@choctawcasinos.com