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: