Durant, OK - Jan. 10, 2012
Poker’s top brass will set up shop in Durant, Oklahoma at Choctaw Casino Resort January 5th through 23rd for the WSOP Circuit’s second stop of 2012.
When looking to describe the 2011-2012 Circuit so far, one could start with the phrase, record breaking.
The season began with Mark “Pegasus” Smith winning his record fifth Circuit ring following a stunning performance in Southern Indiana. Two weeks later, Horseshoe Hammond broke a record of its own when 3,001 players registered for Event #1, obliterating the old attendance record by almost 1,400 entrants.
Last week at The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, La Sengphet became the first female in Circuit history to record three victories in open ring events.
With the bar set high, great things are sure to come from Choctaw and what is typically one of the Circuit’s largest stops due to its close proximity to the Dallas market.
Last year, almost 4,700 players turned out for 10 ring events and their chance at a piece of the over $2.6 million in awarded prizes. The Main Event champion, Huy Nguyen, bested 808 entrants and was awarded $233,000 for his victory.
This year, 12 ring events are scheduled to take place over 12 days. Notable tournaments include Event #6, $345 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em to take place January 17th and Event #8, $555 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em tournament to take place January 19th.
The $1,600 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry tournament will begin Saturday, January 21st.
Both the Main Event champion and the Casino Champion will be awarded seats to the $1,000,000 Circuit National Championship in Las Vegas.
Tournaments will be ran according to standardized WSOP Circuit structures and all play will be overseen by tournament director Jimmy Sommerfeld and the Poker Tournament Consultants team in concert with Ken Lambert, Choctaw’s top poker lieutenant.
A full schedule of events can be seen HERE.
Rooms in Choctaw’s Grand Tower are available for as low as $79 a night. More information can be found HERE.
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For More Information:
Lukas M. Willems, Media Coordinator, WSOP
Choctaw Casino Contact:
Ken Lambert, Poker Room Manager, Choctaw Casino Resort
Poker Tournament Consultants Contact:
Bill Bruce, PTC GM