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WPT Choctaw to kick off in a few days

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WPT Choctaw to kick off in a few days

Now that the WPT Gardens Poker Festival is behind us, it’s time for the WPT to head on over to Oklahoma. The WPT Choctaw will begin in just a few days at the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, bring the popular event to Oklahoma for its fourth consecutive appearance.

The tournament will begin on August 3 and run through August 7. The $3,700 Main Event boasts a guaranteed $1 million prize pool, the lowest of any main events on the WPT Main Tour. However, if history repeats itself, the guarantee is bound to be blown away. In the past three years, the prize pool has swelled to at least $3 million and every player that has made it to a WPT Choctaw final table has pocketed a prize of six figures.

There will be two starting flights, each beginning at noon on August 3 and August 4. There are unlimited re-entries and players can opt to participate in both flights. It’s important to note that players who sign up for Day 1B after playing in Day 1A will forfeit their Day 1A chips, so it may not make sense to come back for the second flight.

A few changes will be introduced this year that haven’t been seen in the past. The big blind ante format will be used and a 30-second “shot clock” will be incorporated once the tournament is one table out of the money. In addition to the 30 seconds to make a move, each player will also be given four “time extension” chips to be used for when he or she gets stuck. Once these chips are all used, the player will be forced to fold once the 30-second clock expires.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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