The 2019 World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw $3,700 buy-in NLH main event drew 577 entries, generating a whopping $1,958,915. After three action-packed days, the field narrowed down to a 6-handed final table. The remaining players bagged their chips on May 20 and will return to battle it out to a champion on May 31 at HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
This will be the fifth WPT event to use the delayed final table approach, which is standard for all televised final tables during the tour’s 17th season. Each of the final tablists is guaranteed at least a $76,890 and will have their travel accommodations and hotel stays covered by the WPT. All of the final 6 will be eyeing the next WPT champion title, the top prize of $379,990, a $15,000 seat in the Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions, and 1,000 points in the Hublot Player of the Year race.
The chip leader at the final table is Will Berry holding 7,575,000. Berry is a two-time WSOP Circuit champion. He shipped the main event of the 2017 WSOPC Hard Rock Tulsa main event for $180,806 and the same year he then won WSOPC Hammond High Roller event for $ 105,000. The Oklahoma native has more than $1.2 million in live tournament earnings and is in great shape to win the title.
Second in chips is Craig Varnell and he holds 6,230,000. The WSOP bracelet winner and a champion of the WPT500 Aria event is one of the talented players with a hefty $1.9 million in his lifetime live tournament earnings. The Colorado native finished third in the WPT Choctaw main event back in 2016 and took home $306,346. He will be looking to improve on that finish this time around.
Third in chips is Nick Pupillo with 3,135,000. He has already made 6 FTs and has won a title this year, cashing for $344,849. The 2-time WSOPC ring winner has more than $2.4 million million in live tournaments earnings. Following him in chips is Trung Pham, who will enter the final table in fourth place with 2,600,000 in chips. He has $724,583 in live cashes, with his largest score being the $123,364, which he earned by winning the $365 buy-in kickoff in the WPT Rock’n’Roll Poker Open.
Sitting at 5th place in chips is Austin Lewis who outlasted a field of 599 entries in the 2014 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw $1,620 buy-in main event to win $183,025. The player has more than $400,000 in total cashes till date. He will start FT with 2,560,000 when play resumes in Las Vegas.
The shortest stack entering the final table is Stacey Jones. The player has only $119,366 in live tournament cashes. He will be able to add significantly event if he finishes 6th on the final table.
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