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Southern Methodist University Soccer Player wins World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event

August 8, 2023

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Twenty-one-year-old Harvey Castro walks away with $275,660

DURANT, Okla. (August 7, 2023)- Last week, 21-year-old Southern Methodist University soccer player Harvey Castro won the main event at the World Series of Poker Circuit inside Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant.

Castro, originally from Flower Mound, Texas, bested 1,025 other players to secure $275,660 of a $1.5 million prize pool. Castro’s win also secured him a spot in the invitation-only Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas in 2024.

Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant hosted the World Series of Poker Circuit from July 12 to July 30, and over the course of two and a half weeks dozens of players walked away with thousands in winnings.

  • Main Event
    • Christopher S.
    • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • Second place ($174,980)
  • $1,000 Big O
    • Bobby P.
    • Leonard, Texas
    • First place ($29,823)
  • $500 No-Limit Hold’em
    • Neil V.
    • Prosper, Texas
    • First place ($17,439)
  • $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Super Stack
    • Cameron M.
    • Austin, Texas
    • First place ($55,746)
  • $200 Ladies Event
    • Pamela B.
    • Edmond, Oklahoma
    • First place ($6,054)

There were also a number of Southeastern Oklahoma  players who took home money during the circuit.

  • $250 Seniors Super Stack
    • Mark G.
    • Kingston, Oklahoma
    • Fifth place ($4,890)
  • $300 Pot Limit Omaha
    • Matthew N.
    • Ada, Oklahoma
    • First place ($12,552)
  • No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed
    • Aaron C.
    • Kingston, Oklahoma
    • Fourth place ($2,308)
  • $250 No-Limit Hold’em
    • Jason W.
    • Stringtown, Oklahoma
    • Second place ($5,650)

The World Series of Poker Circuit will be back in Durant in January of 2024 where players of all levels can test their skills against top-notch competitors from across the country. Start preparing now by visiting Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant poker room for upcoming promotions and tournaments.


About Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla.

Located an hour north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant is a AAA Four Diamond casino resort, entertainment and convention destination in southeastern Oklahoma. The casino has more than 7,400 slot machines, table games, a poker room, and a large non-smoking casino.  The resort offers more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and seats more than 3,000 at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) award-winning Grand Theater. The resort also includes more than 1,600 luxurious rooms and suites, 16 restaurants, 20 bars and lounges, six retail stores, two fitness centers, a spa, and two outdoor pools and a water park. The family-friendly District offers guests 20 bowling lanes, a 6-screen premier movie theater, 70 arcade games and dining options. Additionally, guests can enjoy the 30-camper KOA Choctaw RV Park located across from the casino. For more information, visit choctawcasinos.com.



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