CHOCTAW DURANT SEES GROWING FIELDS, MAIN EVENT STARTS THURSDAY
Choctaw Durant, Oklahoma (January 11, 2023) - The World Series of Poker Circuit is back at Choctaw Durant, Oklahoma, for another round of action after a successful stop in the same location less than two months ago in November. There are 16 gold rings being awarded from January 4th-17th with 13 open events, two senior events and one ladies events. 

Choctaw Durant is always one of the most anticipated and largest circuit stops on the WSOPC calendar and this time around has been no exception. A few of the tournaments here in January have featured slightly higher price points than their counterparts in November and each one of those has drawn bigger numbers in the start of 2023.

The first of the series, $300 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack drew 414 entries, which outperformed the $250 Monster Stack in November that attracted 341. A similar rise occurred in the $300 “The Twilight” event, which had 478 entries, bettering the 371 from the $250 version in November.

But the largest difference so far could be seen in Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold’em ‘The Gargantuan’ which drew an eye-popping 1,627 entries, a 37% increase from the 1,025 field from the $400 Gargantuan two months ago. 

Outside of those featured events, the other ring events so far have been busy as well, with the Ladies event attracting 213 entries and the first seniors event generating field of 460 total players.

Eight rings have been awarded so far with the highlight being a win for one of the most consistent and successful WSOP Circuit grinders in Daniel Lowery, who won his 11th ring by conquering “The Gargantuan” for $102,511. The Arkansas native added his 11th ring just a few months after his 10th, which he won in Aruba in October. It is also his 2nd ring won in this location as he won the Choctaw Durant Main Event in 2017. 

Here is a look at the full list of WSOP Circuit winners that have already been victorious during this stop at Choctaw Durant: 

Event #1: $300 No-Limit Hold’em Moster Stack – Miki Murzi

Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold’em ‘The Gargantuan’ – Daniel Lowery

Event #3: $300 No-Limit Hold’em ‘The Twilight’ – James Fritts

WSOPC Ladies Event #1: Nelda Escamilla

Event #4: $300 No-Limit Hold’em – David Galyean

Event #5: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha – Amandeep Chima

WSOPC Seniors Event #1: Bryan Hella

Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack – Sergio Ramirez

There are seven rings still to be dished out before the series concludes on Monday January 16th. For a complete list of remaining events click here.

The marquee event of the series will get underway Thursday, January 12th. The $1,700 MAIN EVENT will have three starting flights, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and have Day 2 on Sunday before concluding on Monday January 16th.

In November, Sami Bechahed came out on top of a 1,076 field to win $274,916. Going back to the stop in Choctaw Durant in January of 2022, the Main Event champion was Quan Tran who conquered the field of 1,411. 

Any official gold ring winners from this WSOP Circuit stop will qualify for the new invitation-only “Tournament of Champions”. The $1 million freeroll event will be held during the 2023 World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas. 2022/23 online bracelet winners will also be eligible to compete in the new signature event.