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World Series of Poker makes stop at Choctaw Casino in Durant

Oklahoma casino stop is one of the more popular on the World Series of Poker tour.
BY SEAN CHAFFIN, For The Oklahoman Published: January 6, 2014

Poker pros and amateurs alike converge on the Choctaw Casino through Jan. 20 for their chance to win big money as part of the World Series of Poker-Circuit, which stops at various casinos through the U.S. and Canada.

The Oklahoma stop has become one of the more popular stops on the tour and is the 12th stop on the 2013-14 tour schedule. This year's event features 55 tournaments with buy-ins beginning at $125 and 12 championship rings awarded for events with buy-ins of $365 and up as well as the $1,650 buy-in Main Event Championship, which features a guaranteed $1 million prize pool. A WSOP pendant is also awarded for the $125 buy-in Ladies Championship on Jan. 19.

“Each and every year Choctaw is one of the most highly attended stops of the circuit schedule,” said WSOP-C spokesman and media coordinator Lukas Willems. “Last year's series challenged attendance records and saw the Main Event winner walk with a first prize of better than $300,000. The 2013-14 circuit has already set records, so all eyes are on the Dallas/Durant area.”

The World Series at Choctaw has continued to grow since the tournament series' inception in 2011. The Main Event has grown from 935 entries in 2011 to 1,140 last year. The preliminary Choctaw events have proved popular as well and a couple events featured guaranteed prize pools of $100,000 and $300,000.

“We're happy to once again offer the Texas and Oklahoma markets a WSOP-Circuit opportunity for the thousands of serious poker enthusiasts in the area,” said James Box, Choctaw Casino poker room manager. “We offer a best in class poker room and spacious tournament areas, along with great food and lodging to make the WSOP experience truly great for both professional players and amateurs alike.

“Other than Oklahoma, generally our business comes from Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and other areas in Texas, but we get players from all over the country for this event. Some players will stay here the whole 18 days.”

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