May 19, 2019
At least 206 players return to Choctaw Casino & Resort for Day 2 of WPT Choctaw. The prize pool is close to $2 million, easily eclipsing the $1 million guaranteed, with registration open until play officially gets underway at 12 p.m. in Durant, OK. The final prize pool will be known a few minutes after play gets started on Day 2.
Gary Sixkiller leads the field with 465,000 and is joined by Dave Alfa (414,000) as the only two players with more than 400,000. Quite a few WPT Champions Club members are boasting healthy stacks when play gets started including Jared Jaffee (338,000), Brian Altman (237,000), Andy Hwang (173,500), and Zachary Smiley (144,000). In total, close to 20 WPT Champions Club members are among the field looking to capture another title including four-time WPT gold medalist Darren Elias (82,500).
Season XVII champions Erkut Yilmaz and Dylan Linde both advanced with below average stacks and are looking for points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. Yilmaz leads with 2,300 points and Linde isn’t far behind (2,100). Ping Liu (1,950) did the best to help his cause during the two Day 1 flights as he starts Day 2 with 214,000. The total prize pool size will determine exactly what place Linde and Liu need to reach to accumulate enough points to pass Yilmaz.
The WPT Choctaw final table is on May 31 at HyperX Esports Arena and a few players are looking for a second final table trip to Las Vegas this season. Along with Elias, who took third in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, WPT Gardens Poker Championship winner Frank Stepuchin, and WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown final tablist James Carroll. Carroll will play on May 30 for his second WPT title and could possibly be playing for a third if a few breaks go his way.
Six of the 12 Gardens Casino Satellite Spectacular qualifiers return for Day 2 play led by Linda Stockstill (158,000). Stockstill (pictured) and her five comrades won their way to WPT Choctaw through a $20 satellite at The Gardens Casino and are closing in on a WPT cash.
Play is scheduled to go down to the final 32 players, who will return on Day 3 to play to the WPT final table. 60-minute levels are played throughout at WPT Choctaw.
As always, stay tuned to WPT.com for complete coverage of the World Poker Tour.
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