Harvey Castro Slays "The Dragon" in WSOPC Choctaw Main Event for $275,660

Harvey Castro

Just weeks after the completion of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP), the WSOP Circuit is underway and saw several events taking place as part of WSOPC Choctaw Durant in the Dallas and Oklahoma area. The WSOPC Choctaw action culminated with the $1,700 buy-in Main Event, which wrapped up on Monday, July 31 with Harvey Castro winning his first Circuit ring and $275,660.

The young Castro had zero WSOP cashes heading into the Main Event that drew 1,026 runners for a prize pool of $1,552,338. But that didn't stop him from getting through a powerhouse final table that included 2022 WSOPC Tulsa Main Event champion Arthur Morris and the legendary David "The Dragon" Pham, a ring and bracelet winner who was looking for his fifth piece of WSOP hardware.

David Pham

Other players at the final table included Tulsa's Andrew Watson (7th - $44,723) and Eric Bunch (8th - $35,254), as well as Montana's Gary Bauer (6th - $57,374) and Oklahoma City local and three-time ring winner Christopher Staats, who finished runner-up for $174,980 and to be denied a fourth Circuit ring.

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WSOPC Choctaw Main Event Final Table Results

 1Harvey CastroN/A$275,660
 2Christopher StaatsOklahoma City, OK$174,980
 3David "The Dragon" PhamStanton, CA$130,024
 4Todd TuckerVan Buren, AR$97,797
 5Arthur MorrisPlano, TX$74,466
 6Gary BauerBroadview, MT$57,374
 7Andrew WatsonTulsa, OK$44,723
 8Eric BunchTulsa, OK$35,254
 9Srinivasa VadlamudiSaint Charles, MO$28,087

Mattingly Wins Gargantuan; Two Victories for Longinotti

The Main Event wasn't the only WSOPC Choctaw event that generated a massive prize pool. Event #5: $500 No-Limit Hold'em - 'The Gargantuan' drew 1,103 runners for a prize pool of $414,575 as Texas' James Mattingly took it down for a career-best $87,383.

Earlier in the series, Event #1: $300 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack drew 542 entrants for a prize pool of $128,996 as Mississippi native Jordan Russell earned the victory to take home $25,915.

Mattingly and Russell aren't the only ones who found success during the WSOPC Cherokee stop. Bret Longinotti started things off by winning Seniors Event: $250 Seniors Super Stack for $19,344 before the Arkansas native went on to win a second ring in Event #14: $300 No-Limit Hold'em for $11,325.

Bret Longinotti
Bret Longinotti

If that weren't enough, Longinotti also finished runner-up in Event #10: $250 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack for $7,823 as Hossein Guivehchi took it down for $12,659.

Other winners at the WSOPC Choctaw stop include Matthew Newcombe (Event #3: $300 Pot-Limit Omaha - $12,552), John Miller (Event #6: $400 Big O - $18,533), Pamela Belote (WSOPC $200 Ladies Event - $6,054) and Anthony Allison (Event #9: $300 No-Limit Hold'em - $13,922).

After wrapping up in Choctaw, the WSOPC team will head to Harrah's Cherokee for a stop that will run Aug. 3-14 and will culminate with the $1,700 buy-in WSOPC Cherokee Main Event kicking off on Aug. 11.

A full list of WSOPC Choctaw winners is available in the table below.

WSOPC Choctaw Ring Winners

 Seniors Event: $250 Seniors Super Stack444$87,912Bret LonginottiHot Springs National Park, AR$19,344
 Event #1: $300 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack542$128,996Jordan RussellPontotoc, MS$25,915
 Event #2: $250 No-Limit Hold'em186$36,828Nikhil MandyamLewisville, TX$9,574
 Event #3: $300 Pot-Limit Omaha211$50,218Matthew NewcombeAda, OK$12,552
 Event #4: $250 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed127$25,146Terry MoralesSpringfield, MA$7,043
 Event #5: $500 No-Limit Hold'em - 'The Gargantuan'1,103$414,575James MattinglyFrisco, TX$87,383
 Event #6: $400 Big O226$74,128John MillerFort Worth, TX$18,533
 Event #7: $300 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty180$33,840Agustin CabreraAustin, TX$9,134
 Event #8: $250 No-Limit Hold'em - 'The Twilight'396$78,408Kyler ScherigerGraham, TX$17,253
 WSOPC $200 Ladies Event147$23,226Pamela BeloteEdmond, OK$6,054
 Event #9: $300 No-Limit Hold'em234$55,692Anthony AllisonBlytheville, AR$13,922
 WSOPC $130 Seniors Event404$39,592Archie SneedFort Worth, TX$8,710
 Event #10: $250 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack261$51,678Hossein GuivehchiRichardson, TX$12,659
 Event #11: $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Super Stack227$220,871Cameron MixsonAustin, TX$55,746
 Event #12: $1,700 Main Event1,026$1,552,338Harvey CastroN/A$275,660
 Event #13: $250 No-Limit Hold'em182$36,036Andrew TodhunterTulsa, OK$9,368
 Event #14: $300 No-Limit Hold'em183$43,554Bret LonginottiHot Springs National Park, AR$11,325
 Event #15: $500 No-Limit Hold'em149$62,282Neil VolaskiProsper, TX$17,439
 Event #16: $250 No-Limit Hold'em - The Finale171$33,858Ryan FreemanN/A$9,141
 Event #17: $1,000 Big O122$106,506Bobby PannkukTexas$29,823

*Photos courtesy of WSOP.

  • Harvey Castro won the @WSOP Circuit Choctaw Main Event for $275,660 and his first Circuit ring.

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