Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
The second and final flight of the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant $1,700 Main Event has come to an end! A total of 594 players entered the second flight with 126 players finding a bag to advance to Day 2 on Sunday, November 10th at 12:00 PM.
At the end of the night, it was Melisa Singh who bagged the chiplead with a 445,500 in chips. Singh has been having a fantastic series, winning her first WSOP Circuit gold ring earlier this week in Event #8: No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed and taking home the grand prize of $16,720. On top of the first-place finish, Singh had also finished in second place in the Ladies Event for $3,638 eventually falling victim to Katherine Offutt who took home the $5,885 grand prize.
Second in chips right behind Singh is Lesley Manuel with 436,500 who is coming fresh off a fifth-place finish in the Choctaw Durant Ladies Event for $1,293. Rounding up the top three stack in Day 1B is Raymond Whitley finishing with 399,500.
With Day 1b reaching a whopping 594 entries and adding to the 1a 389 entries for a total of 983 entries creating a prizepool of$1,489,245. A combined 189 players will be restarting on Sunday, November 10th at 12:00 PM for Day 2 with 146 reaching the minimum payout of $2,549 and be battling for the first-place prize of a WSOP Circuit gold ring, a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship and $256,915.
Other notables reaching the end of Day 1b include Charles Johnson (286,500), Eric Salazar (247,000), Nick Pupillo (176,500) and Lexy Gavin (64,000).
Notables Playing Day 1b but unfortunately not making it to Day 2 include, Gediminas Uselis, Mo Nuwwarah, Brian Altman and Maurice Hawkins.
Play will resume at the beginning of Level 16 Sunday, with the blinds at 2000/4000/4000. Follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team as the Main Event continues at noon Sunday!
End of day chip counts and recap will follow.
The tournament director has just announced the final four hands of the night.
While PokerNews is here offering live updates from the Main Event and High Roller, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about the full schedule of side events that have been playing out over the past week at the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant.
In Event #9: $600 NLH, 248 runners created a $127,720 prize pool that was paid out to the top 38 players. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Christopher Staats (10th - $2,049), Steven Williams (13th- $1,703), Blake Whittington (15th - $1,703), Michael Lech (19th - $1,253), and Carlos Guerrero (24th - $1,111).
In the end, it was Texas native Kyle Birdwell who collected every chip in play to capture his second ring along with a $29,564 payday.
The victory arrived less than four months after Birdwell's first gold-ring run, which occurred at the prior Choctaw Durant Circuit in July. His monumental score of $102,195 among 2,206 players in the multi-flight may have provided Birdwell with a more secure mentality when it came to tournament poker.
“It feels great. I think my confidence is a lot higher actually because I’m taking it a little more seriously,” said Birdwell. “It’s my hobby, but you know been able to turn it into some income and actually have a blast doing it.”
Final Table Results
|1||Kyle Birdwell||Fort Worth, Texas||$29,564|
|2||Sid Naeimi||Poanoke, Texas||$18,274|
|3||John Gallaher||Lebanon, Tennessee||$13,021|
|4||Adam Hendrix||Anchorage, Arkansas||$9,447|
|6||Trung Pham||Temple, Texas||$5,255|
|7||Thomas Olivas||Coppell, Texas||$4,032|
|8||Lauren Bunch||Tulsa, Oklahoma||$3,154|
|9||Brock Wilson||Ardsley, New York||$2,517|
Marquis McCain raised under-the-gun to 7,000 and the action folded around to the button who three-bet to 22,000, the blinds quickly folded and the action was back on McCain who asked to see his opponents stack before four-betting to 52,000. The button announced all-in for roughly 165,000 and McCain snap-called.
McCain had his opponent dominated and the board ran out to improve to aces and twos and eliminate his opponent.