A Look at this Evening’s Ring Event

Event 5, tonight’s 5 p.m. $365 ring event, gets underway momentarily. This marks the third of three gold ring events occupying Sunday’s schedule and Day 1 is set to log 15 levels before bagging around 1:45 a.m. local time. Those fortunate enough to play their way to another day of action reconvene for Day 2 Monday at 2 p.m.

Registration remains open through Level 8 (~9:30 p.m.), so it’s not too late to make the trek to Choctaw and take a shot at some Circuit hardware.

Here’s a closer look at the tournament:

  • $365 buy-in gets players 10,000 chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open through Level 8 (~9:30 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes following Level 15 (~1:45 a.m.)
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes, Levels 13-21 are 40 minutes, Levels 22-25 are 50 minutes, all remaining levels are 60 minutes
  • Advancing players return for Day 2 Monday at 2 p.m.

Re-Entry Update, 151 Remain

The line at the payout desk remains steady nearly four hours after the money bubble burst. We’ve yet to be able to be able to touch base with staff to get a look at the results, so instead we took a quick walk around the room and jotted down some of the notable stacks still alive. The clock reads 151 players remaining and each has locked up $1,070.

Here’s a look at a handful of the players still in contention:

  • Justin Gardenhire – 465,000
  • Zal Irani – 395,000
  • La Sengphet – 380,000
  • Aaron Frei – 375,000
  • Daniel Lowery – 360,000
  • Jose Serratos – 355,000
  • Ray Henson – 350,000
  • David “ODB” Baker – 325,000
  • TJ Cloutier – 220,000
  • Jonathan Gaviao – 140,000

Blinds are currently 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante

In the Money in the Re-Entry


Following barely an hour of Day 2 play, the 481-player restart in the record-breaking re-entry event is down to the final 423 and in the money. The payout desk is about to come become a very popular spot, but as soon as they get their heads above water updated results will be posted at this link.

Each of the remaining players is now assured $608 with $197,588, a Circuit gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship set to head to first.

Re-Entry Restart Underway

Ray Henson

The 481 remaining players in the 4,053-entry record-breaking Choctaw re-entry event have taken their seats and cards are in the air for the Day 2 restart. Only the top 423 will finish in the money with payouts culminating in a $197,588 first prize. More than the money, the eventual winner earns a Circuit gold ring and goes into the record books as the champion of the tour’s largest-ever event.

Those still in contention for the top spot include chip leader Robert Martin, three-time ring winners Ray Henson (pictured) and Dan Lowery, six-time gold bracelet winner TJ Cloutier, all-time Circuit cashes leader Doug Carli, 2013 WSOP Main Event 43rd-place finisher Phil Mader and many others.

Complete start of Day 2 chip counts are available a few posts below. We will touch base with you again when the money bubble bursts.

Sunday at Choctaw Casino Resort

It’s a three-ring circus on Day 4 of the Choctaw Casino Resort Circuit series as two new gold ring events are set to accompany the restart of the record-breaking $365 re-entry event.

Here’s a complete look at the day’s schedule:

12 p.m., Event 4, $365 one-day no-limit hold’em

  • $365 buy-in gets players 10,000 chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • All levels are 20 minutes in length
  • Registration remains open through Level 8 (~2 p.m.)
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs after Level 18 (~6:30 p.m.)
  • Tournament to play out in its entirety in one day

12 p.m., Event 3, $365 re-entry, Day 2

  • 4,053-entry field marks largest event in Circuit’s 11-year history
  • 481 players remain, 423 spots pay
  • Robert Martin leads, Daniel Lowery third, Ben Reason, Jeff Fielder just outside top 10
  • Min cash awards $608 while eventual winner pockets $197,588, a Circuit gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship
  • Complete start-of-day chip counts available one post below

5 p.m., Event 5, $365 no-limit hold’em, Day 1

  • $365 buy-in gets players 10,000 chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open through Level 8 (~9:30 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes following Level 15 (~1:45 a.m.)
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes, Levels 13-21 are 40 minutes, Levels 22-25 are 50 minutes, all remaining levels are 60 minutes
  • Advancing players return for Day 2 Monday at 2 p.m.

The day’s non-ring events

  • 9 a.m., $65 mega satellite for Event 4 ($365 one-day no-limit hold’em)
  • 2 p.m., $65 mega satellite for Event 5 ($365 no-limit hold’em)
  • 7 p.m., $125 no-limit hold’ems

Good luck, players!

Re-Entry Day 2 Counts, 481 Remain

The record-breaking 4,053 entry field in the $365 re-entry event at Choctaw is down to 481 following 15 levels of Day 1 play. Robert Martin sets the pace as the chip leader with 357,000. He’s out in front of a talented field that includes six-time bracelet winner TJ Cloutier, Daniel Lowery, Ben Reason, Jeff Fielder, Jarod Ludemann, Stephen Kats, Zal Irani, Jose Serratos, Phil Mader, Julie Cornelius and many others.

Complete chip counts and chip counts arranged by table/seat are available on WSOP.com.

Cards go in the air for the Day 2 restart at 12 p.m. CT with blinds of 1,500/3,000 and a 500 ante. The top 423 players finish in the money with the tournament’s eventual winner pocketing $197,588.

Top 10 Day 2 chip counts:

RankFirst NameLast NameChip Count
1RobertMartin357,000
2AkbarShabazz337,500
3DanielLowery272,500
4J HendraPatel272,000
5KyleMilam267,500
6JustinWainscott262,500
7JosephMattingly256,500
8JamiYork247,500
9ValWood241,000
10NivedanNasina237,000

Complete chip counts and chip counts arranged by table/seat are available on WSOP.com.

Choctaw Re-Entry Sets Circuit Record

Choctaw

It’s official. Event 3 of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Choctaw Casino Resort, a $365 re-entry event, is the largest tournament of the tour’s 11-year history. The 4,053-entry field obliterated the previous record of 3,001 by more than 35 percent to put an exclamation point at the end of its place in the record books.

Players came in droves from the Dallas area and beyond over the course of two days and four starting flights to take a shot at Circuit fame and fortune. Friday’s opening flights set the pace with a combined 1,615 entries and Saturday sealed the deal with two additional flights and an impressive 2,438 more entries surging the event well past the previous record and handily earning it the top spot.

Flight-by-flight attendance breakdown:

FlightEntries
1A974
1B641
1C1,334
1D1,104
Total4,053

In all, the players amassed a prize pool of $1,215,900 that obliterated the $500,000 guarantee and pays each of the top 423 finishers at least $608. Payouts escalate from there before topping out in an impressive $197,588 first-place prize — more than 540 times the initial $365 buy-in. On top of the six-figure score, the tournament’s eventual winner heads home with a Circuit gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

Day 2 restarts Sunday at 12 p.m. and complete chip counts will be made available shortly

Final table payouts:

Prize Pool

Complete prize structure available on WSOP.com.

Goodnight, Re-Entry Restarts at Noon

Choctaw

Yet another record-breaking day is in the books at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla. The last two starting flights in the property’s $500,000 guarantee $365 re-entry event began Saturday at noon and 5 p.m. respectively and propelled the tournament comfortably over 4,000 entries and well into the top spot as the largest player pool in the Circuit’s 11-year history. Final attendance figures and all prize pool information will be verified by tournament staff Sunday morning and we’ll post it shortly thereafter.

Those players fortunate enough to maneuver their way to another day of play in the record-breaking tournament reconvene for Day 2 at 12 p.m. Full chip counts will be made available prior to the restart. In the meantime, here’s a look at Saturday’s schedule complete with three ring events:

  • 9 a.m., $65 mega satellite for Event 4 ($365 one-day no-limit hold’em)
  • 12 p.m., Event 4, $365 one-day no-limit hold’em
  • 12 p.m., Event 3, $365 re-entry, Day 2
  • 2 p.m., $65 mega satellite for Event 5 ($365 no-limit hold’em)
  • 5 p.m., Event 5, $365 no-limit hold’em, Day 1
  • 7 p.m., $125 no-limit hold’em

Goodnight and see you in the morning!

Registration Closed in the Re-Entry

Registration is closed in Flight D of the $500,000 guarantee re-entry event, and with that, the field has hit its peak. We’ve been told the final attendance figure and prize pool information will not be verified until Sunday morning, but we can tell you the field flirted with the 4,000 mark and easily surpassed the previous attendance record of 3,001.

As soon as official numbers are relayed to us, we’ll relay them to you. While you wait, here’s a look at some of the Circuit’s largest events to date:

  • 2011/2012, Horseshoe Hammond, $350 re-entry, 3,001 entries*
  • 2013/2014, Choctaw Casino Resort, $365 re-entry, 2,867
  • 2011/2012, Palm Beach Kennel Club, $555 re-entry, 2,607
  • 2012/2013, Palm Beach Kennel Club, $580 re-entry, 2,539
  • 2012/2013, Horseshoe Hammond, $365 re-entry, 2,498
  • 2013/2014, Horseshoe Hammond, $365 re-entry, 2,496
  • 2012/2013, Choctaw Casino Resort, $580 re-entry, 2,209

*Previous record holder