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

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

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 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), Steve Sung (204,000), 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 Choctawmain 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