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September 27, 2021

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Los Angeles, CA (September 27, 2021) World Poker Tour® announced today that the newest addition to the WPTDeepStacks™ event schedule will be at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma from October 27 – November 8.

A longtime World Poker Tour partner, this marks the first time a WPTDeepStacks event will be held at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant. The $1,100 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Choctaw Main Event is scheduled to run November 5 – 8.

“We have an established partnership with the WPT® team and are looking forward to hosting our first WPTDeepStacks Tournament at the property,” said Bob Barnes, Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant Table Games Manager. “After you make your play at the Grand Theater, visit us in the Magnolia Ballroom located near the Grand Theater for cash games and promotions running Sunday through Friday.”

Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant first hosted a WPT Main Tour event in Season XIV and has been a valued partner since. In July, Dapo Ajayi topped a 964-entry field to win Season XIX WPT Choctaw and the $558,610 first-place prize money. The $3,272,780 prize pool blew away the $1 million guarantee.

“Poker players have always turned out in force for our WPT Main Tour stops in Choctaw,” said Cathy Zhao, Senior Director, Global Tour Management. “We’re excited to bring the WPTDeepStacks brand to the property and give poker players of all bankroll sizes the opportunity to experience the property and a first-class tournament product.”

The event carries many other perks as well. All players who finish in the money will receive WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year leaderboard points. The player who finishes the season atop the leaderboard receives a $10,000 WPT Passport for any WPT live event, up to four nights of complimentary accommodations at select WPTDeepStacks North America stops, and a custom trophy from the World Poker Tour. The WPTDeepStacks Choctaw Main Event Champion also receives a $3,000 package for the season-ending WPTDeepStacks Championship.

The event will give many players their first opportunity to enjoy the $600 million renovation that the resort recently underwent. This includes the brand new 21-story Sky Tower, which offers 1,000 additional luxury rooms.

“We are so excited to host WPTDeepStacks at Choctaw Casino & Resort-Durant in October,” said Jeff Penz, Senior Director of Gaming Operations at Choctaw Casinos & Resorts. “We recently opened our Sky Tower expansion and look forward to sharing the new amenities that our Four Diamond resort has to offer with our poker guests.”

For more information, including World Poker Tour event schedules and the tour’s latest news, visit WPT.com.

For more information on Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant visit, choctawcasinos.com/durant/


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About World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour® (WPT®) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 19th season, which airs on Bally Sports in the United States. Season XIX of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com. ClubWPT.com is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 43 states and territories across the United States, Australia, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. For more information, go to WPT.com.


About Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla.

Located an hour north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex lies a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination in southeastern Oklahoma. Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant is a three-level convention/entertainment venue offering more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space with seating for more than 3,000. Resort amenities include swimming, shopping, dining, a spa, and the region’s premier entertainment complex, The District, with dining, drinks, 20 bowling lanes, a 70-game arcade, and a state-of-the-art movie theater. In August 2021, a major expansion added the Sky Tower: 21 stories high featuring 1,000 new luxury hotel rooms, 3,300 additional slot machines, table games, a new poker room, new restaurants, bars, movie theaters and three acres of swimming pools. For more information, visit choctawcasinos.com.


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