Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw Results: Events 2, 4 & 5

The seventh stop of Season II of the Card Player Poker Tour kicked off at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma July 17 and will host a series of 81 tournaments through August 4 culminating with a $1,500 no-limit holdem $500,000 guarantee main event August 1-4.

Here is a look at the latest results:

Event No. 2: No-Limit Hold em $50,000 Guarantee
Buy In: $300
Entrants: 225
Prize Pool: $64,275

Robert Keller $16,068
Eric Thompson $9,932
Miguel Hernandez $7,228
David Coker $5,346
Michael Kline $4,015
Donnie Stinchcomb $3,063
Erin Slaughter $2,372
Raymond Rife $1,864
Bruce Vanhorn $1,487

Event No. 4: No-Limit Hold em $10,000 Guarantee
Buy In: $200
Entrants: 103
Prize Pool: $19,382

Benjamin Perez $5,814
Charles Baker $3,594
James Curtis $2,559
Montana Bills $1,859
Samuel Brown $1,377
Travis Cobb $1,039
Wistar Holt $800
Al Theriac $626
Brian Heath $499

Event No. 5: No-Limit Hold em $5,000 Guarantee
Buy In: $100
Entrants: 101
Prize Pool: $9197

Derek Kinzer $2,761
Joel Woods $1,705
Daniel Hughs $1,214
Andrew Dederick $882
Anthony Capalbo $653
David Batten Jr $493
Luis Ramirez $379
Leslie Hayes $297
Barney Luke $237

Choctaw Casino Resort is located in Durant, Oklahoma and is home to over 4,000 machines, table games and an exclusive poker room. The closest casino resort to Dallas, Texas, the Choctaw Grand Tower has 330 AAA Four Diamond rooms and an additional 160 well-appointed rooms in the Choctaw Inn and Lodge. The poker room is located on its own floor and features 30 tables with private staff and services.

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Choctaw Casino, Oklahoma

Gaming Casino size: 65,000 Slot machines: 1,240 Table games: 8 blackjack tables Poker: 7 table private poker room, see picture.

When it is time to relax and unwind, the restful hotel is only a few steps away. They have 60 spacious rooms where you will be pampered with many complimentary amenities

Firehouse Grill - Buffet
Main Street Cafe - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Jackpot Java - Coffee and treats

Oklahoma: Choctaw casino's $600M expansion set to open on August 6

The expansion brings in 40 new poker tables and 3,300+ new slot machines raising the total to 136 and over 7,200, respectively. Choctaw officials said consumer demand was the key reason for the tower expansion, which is located about 80 miles away from Downtown Dallas, in Durant.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has added a new 21-story tower to its Oklahoma resort and casino. The 300,000-square-foot Sky Tower represents a $600 million expansion that progressed despite the pandemic’s debilitating economic fallout.

Set to open to the public on August 6, the tower features 1,000 new hotel rooms, six restaurants, 11 bars, and a 3-acre, two-swimming pool area. The expansion also brings in 40 new poker tables and over 3,300 new slot machines, raising Choctaw’s total to 136 tables and over 7,200 machines.

The tower in Durant, Oklahoma, broke ground in 2019, and despite its price tag leaves the tribe with no debt.

Choctaw and the Chickasaw Nation’s Winstar World Casino are popular destinations for North Texans, who make up a large percentage of casino visitors each year. Both are a little over 80 miles from downtown Dallas. Choctaw estimates that two-thirds of its visitors live in Dallas-Fort Worth, while Texans represent 80% of all patrons.

Choctaw assistant general manager Wendy Carter, said: “We have purposely designed our new expansion to appeal to all guests in the nearby states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas by providing an elevated resort-style gaming experience within a short distance from home.”

Kyle Dean, director of the Native American and Urban Studies Center at Oklahoma City University, said the competition between these Oklahoma casinos lies in the attractions each offer, driving different interests to different locations.

“To some degree, they’re in a competition, and to some degree, they’re complementary,” Dean said. “They create this southern Oklahoma gambling complex that draws from the captive audience that is North Texas.”

WinStar has nearly 400,000 square feet of gaming floor and over 8,600 electronic games. It’s also known for its entertainment lineup, though live events were canceled or postponed during the pandemic.

Choctaw, which closed March 16 and reopened with COVID-19 protocols on June 1, 2020, resumes live entertainment in August, reports the Dallas News.

Carter said consumer demand was the key reason for the tower expansion, along with opportunities to elevate the guest experience. Hotel occupancy rates and demand for gaming were growing consistently before the pandemic and are now on the rebound as COVID-19 infection rates slow and vaccination increases.“We are excited to see the property fulfill the demand,” said Carter.

Carter said some of the jobs being added by the expansion carry a $1,000 sign-on bonus. The company has filled about half the 1,200 positions it will need.

Casey Clark, Senior Vice President of Communications at the American Gaming Association, said the pandemic placed a significant strain on casinos across the country last year, with 989 shut down in a matter of weeks. The National Indian Gaming Commission reported gaming revenue of $34.6 billion in 2019, though comparable data for 2020 hasn’t been made public yet.

“[The pandemic] dropped game revenue for the year by over 30% year over year,” Clark said. “It impacts nearly two million jobs across the country and the small businesses they support.”Choctaw and other tribes pay fees to the state of Oklahoma based on revenue from gaming activities. In fiscal 2020, those fees fell 16.6% to $123.6 million, the first decline since 2014. Choctaw contributed $23 million

of that total.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma consists of more than 200,000 people and operated last year with a $1.9 billion annual fiscal budget. Profits from its businesses provide educational programs, health services, and job opportunities.

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