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World Series of Poker Circuit Wrapped up at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant with Record-Breaking Numbers

January 17, 2019

WSOP Circuit Events

DURANT, Okla., (January 17, 2019) – The first of many poker tournaments this year at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant ended this week with a big win for Dave Alfa of Austin, Texas. Alfa won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Choctaw Main Event taking home an astonishing $320,998, his biggest cash win to date. This is Alfa’s second win of the WSOP series securing his seat into the Global Casino Championship on August 7.

“The main event attracted more than 1,100 entries,” states Bob Barnes, assistant table games manager at Choctaw Casino & Resort- Durant. “With that many entries, it put our prize pool well over the guaranteed threshold of $1 million dollars, breaking records for one of the largest prize amounts of the WSOP season so far.”

The World Series of Poker tournament began on Jan. 2 and will end with an exclusive Choctaw tournament of winners event on Jan. 20.

With increased number of entries consistently from year to year, the resort will host four major tournaments this year, one of only a few casinos to do so. Three World Series of Poker (WSOP) circuits and one World Poker Tour (WPT) will be held throughout the year.


Below are the top 10 places for the WSOP Main Event:

  1. Dave Alfa- Austin, Texas $320,998
  2. Adedapo Ajayi- Littleton, Colo. $198,265
  3. Kevin Rand- Austin, Texas $147,327
  4. Arshin Gamini- Plano, Texas $110,812
  5. Austin Lewis- Argyle Texas $84,375
  6. Amir Kaikhah- San Marcos, Texas $65,009
  7. Mohammad Abedi-Arani- Plano, Texas $50,674
  8. Brendon Onea- Cape May, N.J. $39,945
  9. William Berry- Norman, Okla. $31,836
  10. Srinivasa Vadlamudi- Plano, Texas $25,663


The next tournament held at the resort will be a World Poker Tour, on May 2 to May 20. World Series of Poker will return on July 11 to July 29 and Oct. 24 to Nov. 11.

For more information on the 2019 Choctaw Poker season and current tournament schedule, https://www.choctawcasinos.com/choctaw-durant/game/poker-promotions/


About Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla.

Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant is a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination in Southeastern Oklahoma. The resort boasts new features and amenities as a result of a two-phase expansion project completed in 2015. The addition of the Spa Tower brings the total number of guest rooms to 776. The recently unveiled multi-purpose, three-level convention/entertainment venue offers over 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, seating for more than 3,000 people, and the Oasis Pool area with four tropical pools and private cabanas. The resort’s newest amenity is the region’s premier entertainment complex, The District. At The District, visitors can enjoy Tailgaters sports bar, 20 bowling lanes, a 40-game arcade, and a state-of-the-art movie theater. For more information, visit www.ChoctawCasinos.com.




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